Golf cart vandals strike Ironbridge |

Golf cart vandals strike Ironbridge

Whoever drove about 20 carts off the high tee boxes and into ponds Saturday caused Ironbridge Golf Club about $60,000 in damages. The vandal broke into the golf club’s cart barn early Saturday morning. The case, under investigation by the Garfield County sheriff’s office, is similar to a case at New Castle’s Lakota Canyon Golf Club in February.The case, under investigation by the Garfield County Sheriff, is similar to a vandalism case at New Castle’s Lakota Canyon Golf Club in February.In both cases someone broke into the club’s cart barn – the two clubs use identical temporary structures, said Ironbridge head pro Dave Alvarez – started taking carts, crashing them off high cliffs. The vandal tired when around 20 carts had been destroyed. “It’s very similar to what Lakota had,” said Ironbridge pro Doug Rohrbaugh. The vandal took carts from the cart barn and drove them up to the course’s “canyon” holes, he said. At Ironbridge’s No. 9, the vandal drove them off the 30-foot tall tee box. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “They knew exactly what they were doing.”The vandal knew how to get into the structure and used the carts to shuttle the quarter-mile between the cart barn and ninth hole. In addition to crashing the carts, the vandal also ran two carts into a pond, Rohrbaugh said. One difference between the vandalism at Lakota and at Ironbridge was that Lakota’s happened during its offseason. Ironbridge’s happened the night before a tournament. Ironbridge managed to run the tournament since it has 60 carts, Rohrbaugh said.With a cost of $3,500 to $4,200 per cart, the Ironbridge golf pros would like to see the vandal caught. They may be in luck. Alvarez said authorities found evidence at the scene.”Hopefully we’ll get them. I’ll be looking forward to that,” he said.

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