TRAVELLERS have been accused of riding quad bikes and motorcycles on the greens at Crosland Heath Golf Club.
Caravans began to arrive at the site near the club, off Blackmoorfoot Road, on Sunday. Now there are more than 25 of them.
At first club officials said they had not been bothered by the travellers but on Tuesday evening a teenage boy, thought to be a traveller, was seen riding a quad bike on the golf course.
Head green keeper Philip Haigh has already tried to repair damage to the areas near the 13th and 14th holes but he is worried things could get worse.
He said: " I am worried all the time that the kids are going to come back on the bikes and cause some real damage to the greens.
"At first when they came I kept an open mind. I have nothing against them or their lifestyle and we would be happy to leave them alone as long as they respect us and the course."
When the Examiner approached one of the travellers they would say only that they would try and keep their children off the golf course.
Course director Martin Travis, informed the police of the problems and is now considering 24-hour security measures.
He said: "We have been in touch with some security firms and are looking in to getting someone up there around the clock because in the long term if we do nothing about it and the greens are dug up or vandalised it could end up costing us thousands of pounds."
The travellers have set up camp on a field thought to be owned by Standard Fireworks Holdings Ltd - part of the old company not taken on by Black Cat when the Crosland Moor fireworks firm was taken over.
Mr Travis believes the company may now be in receivership.
"Private land owners actually have more rights to get rid of travellers than the council do, but because of the position this company is in they may not pursue the matter," he said.
"I don't know what that means for us. We are just hoping things calm down."