Gray’s Crossing golf course vandalized
Two teenage brothers from Truckee were arrested Monday night on suspicion of felony vandalism of The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing, which had opened for the first time on Friday.
Truckee police placed the estimated damage at $60,000, but a Gray’s Crossing official said the total cost of repairs should be lower.
The course was closed Tuesday while maintenance crews worked to repair damage to seven greens, which the teenagers drove over in a 4-wheel drive vehicle after a club official spotted them late Monday stealing flags.
“It’s a three-day project to get it up to speed,” said Dirk Skillicorn, the general manager.
The course will reopen today. After Friday’s soft opening, a formal opening of the course remains scheduled for July 9, Skillicorn said.
The 13- and 15-year-old brothers were arrested around 10 p.m. Monday at a nearby residence.
The boys were attempting to steal pennants off the greens, when they were spotted by Shane Jones, the head golf professional. Jones said he thought it was the superintendent at first, but saw flags poking out of the vehicle.
“I jumped on the back of the Jeep and grabbed six of our flags back,” Jones said. “He hit the gas and I flew off with half the pennants.”
Jones was not injured, and managed to get the license number of the vehicle. He said it was a personal license plate making it easier to discern.
“They drove across our ninth green and off down the fairway,” said Jones. The boys drove across several greens, causing extensive damage.
“Stealing flags is one thing, but driving on the course is another,” Jones said. “We don’t want to ruin any kids’ lives, but they need to learn their lesson.”
Truckee police located the juveniles at their family residence, and recovered the missing flags. The brothers were charged with felony vandalism and robbery, and were released to the custody of their parents, authorities said.
The case will be referred to the Nevada County Probation Department.
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