Auchterderran golfers gutted by break-in at club

Auchterderran Golf Club (Picture by Fife Photo Agency)
Auchterderran Golf Club (Picture by Fife Photo Agency)

A small golf club in Cardenden has been bunkered by a double break-in and theft which happened over the weekend.

Over a dozen sets of clubs and golf bags were stolen on Sunday night as thieves trashed the locker room at Auchterderran Golf Club.

Officials at Woodend Road have appealed for the return of the stolen goods.

Secretary Harry Hutt said the club would be content with the culprits surrendering the property and telling them – anonymously if they wished – where it could be found.

Intruders had also struck at Auchterderran late on Friday night and grabbed some cash, alcohol and snacks from the bar area.

Club members spent most of Saturday putting in a new door and locks – only for raiders to strike again on Sunday night in another part of the building.

This time, they caused considerable damage in forcing entry to the premises and bursting open the locker room doors, as well as grabbing some belongings and cash.

In total, 13 sets of golf clubs and bags were taken, many of which were customised or limited edition makes.

The sets varied in value, from around £1000 to £1700 or so.

Members at the 110-year-old club were said to be “pretty gutted” by the incidents.

They appealed to the public to be wary of anyone offering second-hand golf clubs for sale.

Mr Hutt said the thefts had been well publicised through Facebook and other social media, so those responsible “might find it hard to shift some of the stuff”.

In the first incident, between 9.00 p.m. on Friday and 6.00 a.m. on Saturday, a quantity of juice, crisps, cider, about £30 worth of beer, and around £100 in cash was lifted while some “material damage” was done, before the more serious break-in, between 6.00 p.m. on Sunday and 7.00 a.m. on Monday.

Mr Hutt added the damage to such a small club, which only had about 60 members, was particularly disheartening.

“It’s just wanton vandalism,” he added. “I don’t think they knew what they were taking.”

Mr Hutt had a simple request for the raiders about the stolen property.

“Bring it back, leave it, and tell us where it is,” he said.

Police Scotland appealed for anyone offered golf clubs for sale to contact them.

A police spokesman confirmed officers had been called to Auchterderran GC and were dealing with the break-ins.

“Inquiries are ongoing and police are appealing for anyone with information regarding the break-in, or if they have been offered golf clubs for sale, to contact police on 101,” he added.