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Vandals damage ICC golf course

The members of the Ironton Country Club are mad and rightly so. A pair of ATV riders thrashed their golf course early Wednesday morning.

Cliff Jenkins, the course superintendent, estimates that the pair of males did an estimated $20,000 in damage to hole 2 and hole 3 of the course about six miles out from Hanging Rock on State Route 650.

And it appears the act was intentional.

Jenkins said the trouble just started three weeks ago.

“We haven’t had any trouble for years until this started with these two boys,” he said, adding that he has seen them “on the course three or four times at night.”

“They just come in here at night and started spinning and tearing up the green,” Jenkins said. “They’ve done it a couple of times. They completely tore up No. 2 and half of No. 3.”

He said on the green around the second hole, “they just sat there and dug it up until nothing was left.”

He said about 5,000 square feet of turf will have to be taken up and replaced with sod.

Meanwhile, the golf course is still open. Jenkins just built a temporary green on the front of the property.

“It’s inconvenient for the members,” he said.

Jenkins said a couple of people have identified at least one of the boys and he expects that with the club offering a $2,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the two, both should be identified soon.

The case has been passed over to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.