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Trespassers teeing off from the greens has Tomahawk golf course under increased patrol

The Town of the Blue Mountains has increased bylaw and OPP patrols at the local golf course after repeat issues with trespassing
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The Tomahawk Golf Course in Thornbury sustained damage to the greens following a number of repeated instances of trespassing over the past month. Jennifer Golletz/ CollingwoodToday

With golf restricted under the current provincial orders, a few golfers decided to help themselves to the golf course in the Town of The Blue Mountains (TBM). 

“Individuals have been entering the golf course after hours when staff are not present. The number of trespassing incidents is unknown; however, this has been a persistent and ongoing issue over the past month,” said Ryan Gibbons, director of community services for TBM. 

The Tomahawk golf course is currently closed and will remain closed under the provincial stay-at-home order.

Last Friday, TBM issued a press release to inform the public that there would be increased patrols of the facility by the Ontario Provincial Police and the municipal by-law officers due to the “increased incidents of trespassing and vandalism.”

According to Gibbons, the greens at the golf course were damaged by individuals using the greens as a tee deck.

“This has resulted in large divots and damage to the greens. The town is repairing the damage, which includes seed, topsoil and staff time,” he said. 

According to Gibbons, this isn’t the first time Tomahawk has been damaged. 

“There have been previous issues with vandalism on the property from vehicles on the soccer fields, damage to the parking lot areas, hole signs damaged, iron play off the greens and minor tree damage,” he continued. 

Under the provincial order, a number of other town facilities in TBM are currently closed to the public but there have not been any other reports of trespassing, only minor nuisances – such as leaving pet waste behind.  

“The town has had reports of pet owners not cleaning up after their pets. Residents are reminded to clean up after pets and to dispose of the waste in a proper garbage receptacle, or to take the waste back to their home for disposal,” Gibbons added. 

Jennifer Golletz

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