LAYTON -- Someone's late night off-road antics with a stolen tractor resulted in $10,000 in property damage to the Valley View Golf Course.
Sometime between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, an individual or individuals accessed the county-owned golf course in Layton and stole an on-site tractor with an aeration trailer attached, then drove it around, causing damage to two of the course's fairways, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
"Someone took the tractor on fairway No. 6. The aeration trailer just tore up the grass. They did the same thing on fairway No. 8," Horton said.
The golf course superintendent assessed the damage at about $10,000.
The tractor had been parked outside of a course maintenance shed, Horton said. The tractor and trailer were found later in another area on the course.
It has not been determined how the vandals got the tractor started, Horton said. The course operators indicated to police they are not aware of anyone who might have a key, he said.
But police did canvass a neighborhood adjacent to the golf course to talk to residents, Horton said. Police believe those responsible for the crime gained entry to the course at 2501 E. Gentile Street from the area of 2375 E. 1200 North.
A similar incident involving vandalism occurred at the same course on April 27, Horton said.
Police suspect the crimes may be related because the previous incident also involved course damage caused by a maintenance tractor.
Valley View Golf Course Head Professional Dustin Volk said his concern is somebody may have a key to their equipment -- tractor keys are interchangeable.
"It's pretty frustrating," he said.
The April 27 vandalism didn't result in as much damage, Volk said. But he suspects the two incidents are related because they occurred roughly in the same area on the course, he said.
As a result, course staff are doubling and tripling security, including requesting additional night patrol of the area, Volk said.
The Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning incident tore up big patches of fairway sod and left tire ruts in the grass. Maintenance crews are attempting to repair the fairways using sand and seed, Volk said.
"Who it is not fair to is the customer who comes to support us," Volk said of the malicious destruction that was done all for "a night of fun."
"A lot of people work hard to make this place nice," he said of the nationally recognized public course.
There is someone who has some proximity to the course that knows how to make things work, said Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr.
Petroff said he does not suspect the vandalism stems from someone who has a vendetta against the county.
"We don't have any reason to think it is anything else than kids playing around," Petroff said.
Anyone with information about the crime is being asked to contact Layton police or visit its tipline at www.laytoncity.org.