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Vandals cost Hayfield golf course thousands of dollars

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Oaks Golf Club, Hayfield Oaks Golf Club, Hayfield
Oaks Golf Club, Hayfield Oaks Golf Club, Hayfield

HAYFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- Vandals damaged four greens at Oaks Golf Club in Hayfield early Thursday morning.  Club superintendent Jeff Wendler said holes one, two, four and five were damaged. 

The Dodge County Sheriff investigated the scene.  According to the club, the tire tracks left on the greens appear to be from a small compact car with front wheel drive or a four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle. 

Upon further investigation, the club concluded that the vehicle apparently got stuck in the sand trap on hole two.  Wendler said there was sand on the green from an apparent attempt by the vehicle to drive out of the trap.  Wendler went on to say the sand trap was raked over, covering any tracks and two rakes were missing from the course.  The vandalism didn't stop golfers from coming out to participate in the annual Viking Pride Golf Tournament on Friday. 

"The greens that got vandalized, there's some rough spots on them," said Justin Holtan, a Oaks Golf Club patron and tournament participant.  "They're in pretty bad shape -- the rest of them aren't as bad.  So, hopefully they recover quickly."

Wendler estimates it will cost $2,000 to repair the greens.  The club is offering a reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

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