Vandals Damage Greens, Tee Boxes at Crystal Lake County Club

Crystal Lake Police and Crime Stoppers are seeking information to solve this case of property damage at the Crystal Lake golf course.


and Crystal Lake Crime Stoppers are seeking information regarding the case of damaged greens and tee boxes at the city's oldest private golf course.

Police said unknown person or persons damaged the greens and tee boxes of multiple holes at , 721 Country Club Rd.

The damage occured during the overnight hours of Friday, Aug. 31 and early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 1, according to Kimberly Shipbaugh, community relations officer for the CLPD.

Steve Vanacker, CC golf course superintendent, said it appeared the vandals used a golf club to repeatedly swipet huge divets out of greens and tee boxes near the 17th hole. Grounds keepers also found beer cans and bottles littered throughout the course, he said.

"They probably caused about $3,000 in damage," Vanacker said. "We work all summer trying to keep it nice, and then someone comes in and messes it all up in about an hour's time."

Police and Crime Stoppers are turning to the public for assistance in solving the crime. Anyone who may have observed suspicious subjects or vehicles in the area is asked to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department.

Tips can be texted anonymously to TIP411 (847411) with the keyword TIPCLPD within the text.

Information about the crime - or any other crime - can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 800-762-7867. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and filing of criminal charges against offenders. 

Crime Stoppers does not use caller ID. The public can also call the Crystal Lake Police Department Investigations Division at 815-459-4481. This number also does not have caller ID.

Darren Rivchin September 12, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Was Frank Casey playing that day? I was there for lunch but did not see him prowling around.... He uses a driver on the greens and a putter on the fairway..... Seriously to bad... Very nice club and course ......
Stephanie Price September 12, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Are you tattling on someone's choice of golf clubs? LOL. It sounds like the culprits intentionally dug up the greens, etc. by taking huge chunks of turf out.


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