Test results that will identify the chemical are due back in 7 to 10 days and the extent of damage will be determined at that time, said assistant pro Jamie Carroll.
Vandals poured a grass-killing chemical on 16 of 18 greens on the tribal-owned Swinomish Golf Links in Anacortes and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to a conviction.
Test results that will identify the chemical are due back in 7 to 10 days and the extent of damage will be determined at that time, said assistant pro Jamie Carroll. The worst-case scenario is that the greens will have to be replaced if the soil has been contaminated by deadly chemicals instead just a grass-killer.
Carroll said Wednesday that “the greens are still playable” at this time.
Carroll said the vandals wrote profanities in grass near the greens with the chemical but said there were no racial or anti-Native American slurs.
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The damage didn’t become apparent until earlier this week and the vandalism may have occurred days earlier. The two greens left untouched were Nos. 9 and 18 nearest the clubhouse and roads.
The Swinomish tribe, which operates the nearby Swinomish Casino, bought the course, previously named Similk Beach Golf Course, in 2013.
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