The Salmon Arm Golf Club is offering a reward leading to the apprehension of vandals who attacked greens on the Championship Course.
A news release issued by the club’s board of directors and membership states that $5,000 has been raised by the membership for a reward regarding the vandalism that was carried out at the end of April.
“The culprits marked a number of the club’s greens with some sort of aggressive pesticide spray like Roundup. While the markings are unsightly, they fortunately do not affect the playability of the putting surfaces. The evidence of this senseless attack will diminish over the next several weeks.”
It continues: “We believe, in the days preceding the opening of the Champions Course on April 30, the culprits made their way onto the golf course.”
It’s believed the vandalism took place sometime between 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 and 8 a.m. April 29.
“This was not a random incident and we believe the vandals would know the golf course layout extremely well in order to get around undetected.”
The vandals are believed to have accessed the golf course through a vacant lot off 40th Avenue and 54th Street SE in the industrial park. The lot is adjacent to Adam Integrated and below the 18th tee area. Vehicle tire tracks and footprint samples were gathered from the scene.
“The Salmon Arm Golf Club is a prized community asset, an integral draw for tourism to the area as well as a much used facility by the Salmon Arm community,” states the release. “An event such as this affects the entire community, not just golfers.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-832-6044, or Doug Herron of the Salmon Arm Golf Club at 250-832-3667, ext. 203.