LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Golfers see burned grass and mean messages when they hit the course at Westminster Golf Club. Maintenance crews discovered parts of the green grass were brown on Tuesday, while mowing the lawn.
"Well the fact that people are out vandalizing the course makes people feel a bit unsafe to be here," said Manager Steven Gard, "The words I cannot describe but we would certainly not want our younger golfers to be able to see."
It's believed the vandals used Round-Up to kill the turf and after about 48 hours the messages become more visible. Gard believes it's a property line dispute.
"Well our area, because of the golf course, depending on the size, there's a certain amount that the environmental people want to be deemed as preserve," he said.
He says homeowners who back up to the course may not want their view obstructed. Wink News tried to speak with residents on Oxford Ridge Circle, but no one was available to comment.
"The thing that's upsetting or disturbing is the fact that they don't come to us and discuss that with us rather than going onto the golf course and doing something like that," Gard stated.
Wink News also reached out to Lee County Officials from the Division of Environmental Sciences. They told Wink, while they haven't been out to see the property, it's possible the trees are protected.
The damage to the grass will cost the golf club around $4,000 to repair and take weeks for the grass to grow back.