Valley golf course vandalized |

Valley golf course vandalized

by Sheila Gardner

The Carson Valley Golf Course, still recovering from the effects of last year’s flood, suffered a setback after car-driving vandals tore up three greens, causing at least $20,000 damage.

Golf course owner Don Brooks is offering a $2,000 reward through the Secret Witness program for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible.

Secret Witness is offering $500.

Brooks said Tuesday 50,000 square feet of sod were destroyed in the incident which deputies believe occurred early Monday.

“I hate January,” said Brooks, recalling the 1997 New Year’s flood of the Carson River which inundated the popular Gardnerville Ranchos golf course, causing more than $1 million damage.

“The morals of this community have taken a blow by whoever did this deed,” Brooks said. “They were just out there to ruin the golf course. We’re still recovering from the flood. That will probably take another year or two, and then this happens.”

Sgt. Lance Modispacher said the incident occurred early Monday. Damage was reported on greens 12, 13, 14 and 3.

“It looks like two cars drove out on the golf course and spun out on the greens,” Modispacher said. “The wind was blowing pretty hard, which is probably why nobody heard it.”

Brooks said he hoped the course would reopen Thursday.

“My crew from last summer came through once again, and we’ll have volunteers here cleaning up this mess and seeing what we can do to get this place back open,” he said.

“As far as we can gather, there were two vehicles out there apparently playing vehicle tag on three of the fairways and greens. We haven’t come with a total figure. A conservative damage estimate is somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000 to $25,000.”

Brooks said he learned of the vandalism while deputies were investigating a break-in at the pro shop. He said the sod would probably be shipped in from Oregon or California.

“This is just a knife in the back,” said Modispacher. “It’s been a year since the flood, and they just about went under. They fought so hard to get back, and then this happens.”

Anyone with information is asked to call DCSO Investigator Rick Brown at 782-9905 or Secret Witness, 78-CRIME or 782-7463.

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