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Most members will be aware by now that over the Xmas period there was some vandalism on the course caused by several 4 x 4 vehicles driving over a number of holes between the 8th tee and 14th green.

As you would expect the incident has been reported to the police who are investigating the matter and we have handed over to them all available information and CCTV footage.   In addition, we will be writing to both Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire Councils to ask that they make secure the fences and boundaries on their land that is adjacent to the course.

The good news is that, thanks to the efforts of the greens staff, the damage may prove to be superficial and we are hopeful that the course will have fully recovered before the main playing season in April. While the 8th tee, the 13th fairway and the 14th green are the most visibly damaged, we are already working on their recovery and, subject to the vagaries of the current weather, we should see improvements over the next month or two.

The bad news is that the course has suffered occasional vandalism over the last 60 years and it is virtually impossible to make such a widely accessible and open space completely secure from individual trespassers and motor bikes let alone off-road vehicles. However, as a first step, we will work to strengthen the boundary fence by the 8th hole where the 4 x 4 vehicles gained access on this occasion and, at the same time, ask the Green Committee to consider other areas of the course where improved security is both practicable and affordable.

Kind regards and all our best wishes for the New Year.

Terry Woodhouse, Chairman of General Committee

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