Wild Coast Sun C.C., home of this week's Sunshine Tour event, was the victim of rampant vandalism during the weekend, with the greens of Wild Coast shredded with spades and spades. Crews from the Sunshine Tour have since assisted teams from the Wild Coast Sun as well as those from Sun International, a local resort chain and sponsor of the tournament, to repair the damage.
"There were no witnesses to the incident, but reports left on some of the course flags indicated that this was the start of further planned action," said Sun International spokesperson.
Player Michael Hollic said, however, that the damage may have been caused by the staff of the course that was recently released.
"So the local community near the Wild Coast Sun was not happy with anything, so what do they do: they go onto the golf course and dig up the last six greens!" Hollic wrote on Facebook. "Boggles my mind what goes through the heads of some people … apparently there were a number of employees fired for illegal striking last week and this was their retaliation."
Hollic placed photo's of the destruction, with most greens on the back nine being damaged.
The vandals have also left a message on a flag, indicating that more problems will occur.
The Sunshine Tour did not respond to an application from Golf Digest for more comments.
Surprisingly, the clearing teams have delivered a strong recovery effort and the Sunshine Tour is still planning to play on Wild Coast Sun this week.
The Sunshine Tour has issued a statement that security measures have been reassessed and improved for the remainder of the event.
The Sunshine Tour is mainly based in South Africa, with competitions also held in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Zambia and Mauritius. It is one of the five founding members of the International Federation of PGA Tours.
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