Up until now, the Dyker Beach Golf Club in Brooklyn was most famous for being the course where a young Tiger Woods learned to play golf from his father. Now, it’s famous for a pair of the largest golf cart “demolition derbys” we’ve ever reported on.
According to police, a gang of nearly 20 teens and young men broke into the course and wrecked over 45 carts in two separate incidents this summer. In the first incident involving 20 wrecked carts, they found them all over the course crashed into trees, tipped over and just generally wrecked. In another incident, one cart was set on fire, while an estimated 25 others were piled on top of one another in a sand trap. Ultimately, two teens were arrested after neighbors saw them riding one of the carts down the street . . . in Brooklyn? Yeah, that’s not gonna draw any attention to you.
“There were two separate incidents within about two months,” with about 20 carts wrecked, said Sal Frasca, who works at the course’s pro shop. “They trashed golf carts – they were upside down, crashed into trees, they were trying to tip them over – all over the golf course.”
One cart was set afire; 25 others were piled up in a sand pit. Many were badly damaged, with broken axles, cracked roofs, and dented bodies.
As many as two dozen teenagers may have participated in the second incident in April, attorneys say, but at this point just two high schoolers have taken the brunt of the blame. Cops say a witness saw Jose Hernandez and Kevin Melendez, both 16, driving one of the golf carts on city streets, and today the two students were arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Hernandez pleaded guilty to grand larceny and disorderly conduct charges in a plea agreement with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, which requires his parents to pay $5,000 in restitution while the teen must perform 20 days of community service.