Jackson, Michigan is not far from the BadJocks Bunker. In fact, we’ve driven by the Cascades Golf Course in the past, so we know right were it is. Not much happens here, so it was surprising when a reader sent us this story. Our only disappointment is that it appears that none of the carts ended up in the water, as one is known to attract the other. It’s one of Newton’s Laws of Physicals, I think.
MLive.com tells it pretty well:
The three men rented a cart and paid to golf about 6:30 p.m., said Phil Fischmeister, the course manager. About 9 p.m., a golfer came off the course and told Fischmeister there were “some kids out screwing around.” The golfer said they were driving over greens and through sand traps. Fischmeister, who only had the two carts still on the course, went to investigate. He first found one cart left in the course’s parking lot. It was “filthy,” full of branches and leaves, he said.
“I don’t know where they were driving it,” he said. Out on the course, Fischmeister found the second cart, abandoned in the middle of the seventh hole. The cart was badly damaged, with a ball bearing completely ripped off, Fischmeister said. As he returned to the club to find a tow for the damaged cart, Fischmeister saw the three men from earlier walking through the parking lot. The three told Fischmeister they lost a cellphone on the course and returned to look for it. He asked them about the damaged carted.
“They were playing dumb,” Fischmeister said. “One kid was getting a little mouthy with me and didn’t want to cooperate, so I called the police.” During separate interviews with all three, the men said they were trying to speed the golf cart down a hill and send it airborne over a smaller hill. They were trying to make a video to post to YouTube, Rand said. Deputies arrived and arrested the 20-year-old for malicious destruction of property. A report will be sent to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for potential charges against the other two.
Golf Carts in Water!
It’s been a while, but long time readers know how strongly we believe in the connection between stolen golf carts and water. For a long time there, it seemed that every time we reported on a golf cart incident, one or more of the vehicles ended up in some kind of water on the course: a pond, a stream, a river, and in one case, the country club swimming pool. Something about those electric carts that makes drivers–especially drunk ones–head straight to the largest body of water nearby. (We’ve applied for several federal grants to study this phenomena, but so far have not received any money to do so.)
So, you can understand our muted joy when we came across this story on KHOU in Houston that talks about recent vandalism at the Pecan Grove Country Club. According to police, vandals broke into a barn when the carts are stored overnight and drove as many as six of them into the club’s pond. Why “as many as six?” Because the carts started sinking before the cops could get there and, with heavy rains in the area, it was hard to tell how many were submerged.
In addition, a number of other carts were damaged when they were driven without being disconnected from their charging units. 18 other carts and the beverage cart–oh no!–were found abandoned around the course. In total, Pecan Grove estimates the damage at $80,000-$90,000. The good news? There’s a $5000 reward being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of the perps. Tips can be called in to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-8477 or online at fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org or via text message – just text “FBCCS” plus your info to 274637
When you grab you clubs and head to the links the last thing you expect is to get robbed by a homeless guy with a gun who starts shooting wildly into the air. And then watch helplessly as he not only robs a “beverage cart babe” but also steals her cart. The good news is that everything turned out okay and the cart was found safely. Oh, and the girl was unharmed as well.