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Golf Course Managers "Teed" Off Over Destruction on Courses

Bismarck, ND -

Golf course managers in the Bismarck area have picked up on a trend they say is alarming.

Recently a group of juveniles damaged a tee box, the course and a cart.

But that's not the only case of destruction this summer.

Etiquette is an essential part of the golf game...

"Golf will be 600 years old next year. The tradition is to enjoy game but leave it in same condition found it."

But after several incidents on Riverwood Golf Course this year, manager Tim Doppler says the manners of some are well...


Doppler says, "over past three months open for first time in two years, culture change with how folks are behaving."

Paying golfers have caused extensive damage to the golf course and golf carts, forcing the park district to look at ways to change cart rent policies and hiring extra staff to check out carts.

Doppler says, "more measures will be implemented as far as supervision - you wouldn't think we would have to supervise adults that come play this game. And we will use authorities to make sure this stops."

For some golfers, it hasn't been about getting the best score.

"A guy smashed a couple golf carts, tournaments, a golf cart is not a bumper car. It's a 4,000 piece of equipment and we got 45 of them," says Doppler.

Doppler says in the last 23 years... He's heard of golfers causing destruction to public golf courses in Bismarck maybe twice. This year there have been a dozen incidents.

Doppler says, "We've established a "no play" list we are sharing information with each other based on bad behaviors of the golfing public."

It's not about cutting out the fun of playing a round... Doppler says it's about preserving the etiquette of golf and maintaining the golf course.

"People really love this golf course, it's a landmark for Bismarck and North Dakota and we want to keep it as pristine and as nice as we can," says Doppler.

According to police you can technically be arrested for DUI for driving a golf cart drunk.

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