EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — The management at The Ranches Golf Club is offering rewards for help in catching the person or people responsible for carving racial slurs in a green-side bunker and on a putting surface.
According to the golf club, the acts of vandalism were discovered Sunday.
"Due to favorable weather golf enthusiasts who were eager to chase pars and birdies at The Ranches Golf Course near Eagle Mountain City, Utah were met instead with disturbing racial slurs on the golf course, in a green-side bunker and on a putting surface which was destroyed with disturbing drawings and more racial slurs," a news release from the golf club said.
Concerned golf club members took photos of the vandalism and reported the crimes to management at The Ranches. The golf club's grounds crew then began work to repair the damage.
“This is a very unfortunate event that will not be tolerated at our facility,” said The Ranches owner Jeff Harbertson in the news release. “The Ranches Golf Club is a semi-private club that welcomes any person who wants to participate in the golf community regardless of race or beliefs. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are working with local authorities to find the culprit(s) who have not only vandalized our course, but who have offended all humanity with their ignorant slurs. When they are found, they will be prosecuted and we will make sure they are not welcome on any of our properties”
The club is offering club credit and/or merchandise for any credible information sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.