After three months of enforced closure during to Covid restrictions, Sprowston Manor Hotel & Country Club in Norwich had to remain shut on March 29 after six of its golf course’s 18 greens were heavily damaged by vandals in the early hours of Monday morning or late on Sunday night.
The greens were made unplayable just hours ahead of the course’s re-opening, leading to huge frustration for golfers and hours of hard work to carry out urgent repairs to the worst of the damage by the club’s greenstaff.
A statement on the club’s Facebook page read: “Due to overnight vandalism to five of the greens we are sadly unable to re-open today. The greens’ team are currently surveying the damage and make the necessary urgent repairs.”
The course was able to re-open on Tuesday, with many members posting on social media how impressed they were with the speed and quality of the repairs.
One member wrote: “After finding out that the course was closed due to vandalism, and seeing the subsequent pictures, I seriously thought that we may not be playing 18 holes for weeks, possibly months. We played today (Tuesday) with some serious concerns about what we would find out on the course, but I was astounded how Dave, Baz and Ross had managed to piece the greens back together. What an absolutely miracle job and the overall course is in super condition.”
Norfolk Police are currently investigating the attack, and anyone with information should call them directly.