Pole thefts leave golf club stuck in the heavy rough

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Thieves have struck once again at Whitby Golf Club leaving members scratching their heads in disbelief.

For the third time this year someone has stolen flag poles from the golf course.

Whitby Golf Club professional and Whitby Gazette golf columnist, Tony Mason'w110412

Whitby Golf Club professional and Whitby Gazette golf columnist, Tony Mason'w110412

Sometime between 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 25 and 5am the following day, thieves took 14 fibre glass flag poles from the greens of the club in Sandsend Road.

As the flag poles are made from fibre glass they have no real sell on value, which is why the club is struggling to see the reasoning behind the thefts.
Club professional Tony Mason said someone must have found a use for them.

He said: “Before stealing them the person is removing the flag, which is quite a fiddly job as they are secured to the pole tight enough that they can withstand the strong winds we get here by the coast. They then stuff the flags into the holes on the greens.

“The poles cost us £15 each and have no sell on value so whoever is stealing them must have a need or a use for them. If it was just someone messing around then I doubt they would go to the trouble of taking the flag off.

“I would say that in total it has cost us about £500 to replace them so far. I suppose people will wonder why we do not just take them in on a night but I do not know of one club that does that. The time it would take to take them in on a night and put them back out before the first tee time on a morning would just not be practical to be honest.

“It is just baffling to us as to why they are being taken.”

North Yorkshire Police is now appealing for help from the public to try and find the culprits. Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Nicky Daley or Whitby police. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 12130167202.