LAYTON — Police are looking for vandals who struck Valley View Golf Course on July 27, leaving gashes in fairways of holes No. 6 and No. 8.
“There’s some tire tracks on the tee box on No. 8, but other than that there isn’t a lot of significant damage to that hole,” said the course’s assistant golf pro Pete Stone. “Most of the damage was done to the sixth (hole) fairway. It’s a downhill tee shot, so it’s fairly visible.”
The sixth hole is a par 4 and has a 350-yard hole from the Championship tee box.
The timing of the damage coincided with tryouts for Northridge, Layton and Viewmont High School golf teams. It hasn’t however, deterred the course from its normal schedule, said Stone.
“Some of the lies aren’t the best, so there’s a ‘lift, clean and place’ rule in affect during play,” he said. “Other people that have played here have been very supportive. They understand what’s going on.”
The perpetrators were seen using a small tractor, usually used for aeration, on a joy ride overnight.
They probably broke into the golf course from its northeast corner and then headed for the tractor. They started it and took off on the ride although the keys were not left in the machine, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
The method was similar to vandalism that happened at the course in April.
The cost of fixing the course is yet to be determined. However, Stone said the course is aerating, placing sand and seeding the damaged areas, and no new sod will be put in place.
Police estimate the damage at $10,000.
“We don’t know how much damage was done to the tractor, but there will probably be additional costs to that as well,” Stone said. “Overall, we expect the repairs on the course to take about four to six weeks.”
Valley View Golf Course is located at 2501 E. Gentile Street in Layton.
“Obviously we’re very concerned,” Horton said. “There is a neighborhood that orders the fence area where we believe the access is being made.”
People who saw what happened or who live in the area and have any other information should call Layton police at (801) 497-8300. If you want to remain anonymous, fill in the tips form online at laytoncity.org/public/Depts/Police.