CORSICA, S.D. — A rural South Dakota golf course is closing for the season after vandalism damage resulted in green grass turning brown.
The Dakota Trails Golf Course in Corsica will close Sept. 5, the Daily Republic reported . Dakota Trail’s Board of Directors President Brian Vilhauer said the course will stay open Monday to accommodate Labor Day golfers.
“It’s just hard to believe that anyone could have done this,” Vilhauer said.
Vilhauer said a weed killer known as Roundup was poured on the natural grass greens, leaving behind a “real streaky” pattern of brown grass. He said the brown grass appeared a few days after flags and flagpoles were allegedly stolen from the first eight greens on the nine-hole course.
Lab tests of the soil confirmed the greens were sprayed with glyphosate, an herbicide used to kill weeds.
“It’s pretty evident that eight of our greens were sprayed with Roundup as an act of vandalism,” he said.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation are looking into the vandalism. No suspects have been named.
Vilhauer said he doesn’t have an estimated cost for the damage, but that the greens will need to be cut, re-seeded, sanded and watered in order to be regrown properly.
The course raised $250,000 in 2016 to install natural grass greens, which replaced the artificial turf that had covered the course for the past 20 years. Vilhauer estimated there were 150 single and family memberships for Dakota Trails since opening for the year in June.
“We made a good thing. We made a good business,” he said. “So everybody is disappointed but optimistic that we’ll figure this out.”
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