SABOTEURS may have struck at Meltham Golf Club’s Thick Hollins Hall course.
Damage to the putting greens, which has put them out of action, has been caused by wrong chemical treatment.
The damage could be the result of sabotage, a report by experts is suggesting.
Three laboratory tests carried out by independent analysts have detected that three herbicides were used on the greens, each one in itself a “serious matter.”
Martin Butterworth, chairman of the club’s greens committee, said: “The three mixes detected do not come as a single mix, which makes it less likely that the damage was accidental.
“We are still investigating and keeping an open mind but the possibility of sabotage cannot be ruled out. It is on the agenda.”
Club members face a winter of playing on temporary greens.
It will likely be next season before the putting surfaces are returned to top condition.
The greens could be used but would be far from ideal. And the major problem would be that the surfaces as they are would not withstand the wear and tear of winter play.
So as not to stress them further, they have been taken out of commission. They will be treated sensitively over the winter so that they have the best chance of returning to peak condition by next season.