Linlithgow Golf Club's greens turned yellow

A vandal is believed to have used an unknown chemical to turn Linlithgow Golf Club’s greens yellow.

By Kevin Quinn
Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:24 am
Stock photo of Linlithgow Golf Club, taken before the attack.
Stock photo of Linlithgow Golf Club, taken before the attack.

Overnight March 16/17 a quad bike drove around the course, leaving track marks on holes three through to 16.

John McClymont, club manager, said: “It is now apparent that during this incident the quad bike must have had a spray unit attached, used to spray some sort of noxious chemical across each of these greens (except the 11th), with large patches of yellowing grass now visible.

"An initial inspection of the greens carried out by our turf consultants indicates that it is not possible to establish exactly what substance has been sprayed, but weedkiller is considered likely.”

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With the club recently re-opened to the public due to the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, John is happy to report that locals can still use the course to play golf despite the chemical attack.

He said: “I am pleased to say that the greens remain playable.

"The greens will now be monitored closely over the next few weeks with a view to assessing the extent of any damage that may have been caused and then identifying the optimum solution to bring the greens back up to normal condition.”

The matter has been reported to Police Scotland.

If anyone has any information in relation to the incident, please contact [email protected] in the first instance or Police Scotland.