They first appeared on Sunday, President Philip Marshall recalled, although he told CNN Sport the club “don’t know where they are from.”
“One of our golfers saw these pigs on the course and tried to chase them away. He injured his leg and had to go to A&E for a shot,” said Marshall. “And then they disappeared, so we thought they were gone.
“Tuesday they reappeared and they dug up the 18th green, the first tee, and then our chief green manager tried to chase one of them and it backfired and cut him off. leg. So he had to go get a tetanus shot but he’s fine. And he actually had a hole-in-one this (Thursday) morning! So no ill effects for him then. “
Although Marshall describes the injuries as minor cuts, the two went to the emergency room as a precaution as they were injuries from a wild animal.
Because the golf club members were unable to lock up the pigs themselves, it was a matter of containing the damage and waiting for outside help.
Marshall says he called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and local police. Police said it was beyond their purview to pick up the pigs and the RSPCA would come and help them when they could, but they “were very overwhelmed.”
“What happened was I spent most of the day until dusk, and we managed to get them to the far corner of the course,” says Marshall.
“So we took them to the corner of the course and left them there. We couldn’t approach them, we closed the course because they are obviously dangerous.
“They met up on the side road in front of the golf club on Tuesday night. They were put on carriers and taken away. We don’t know where they came from or what happened to them.”
Lightcliffe has since reopened to the public and is offering an added bonus to anyone who signs up to play.
“Anyone who books online and comes to play, we’re giving away a free bacon sandwich,” Marshall said.
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