Golf and tourism go hand in hand but nobody wants to put their hand into the holes at Stavanger Golf Club in southwest Norway. Retrieving golf balls there can be a hazard.
For the past 10 years, the club has been plagued by a mysterious serial defecator who cycles around the course in the dark of night and uses several of the course’s holes as a toilet. All attempts to catch the perpetrator have failed. The long arm of the law has been called in.
Greenskeeper, Kenneth Tennfjord, told Norwegian newspaper Rogaland Avis that the man “has a couple of favourite holes”.
The unpleasant deposits began to occur in 2005. They tend to be accompanied by toilet paper.
Managing director of Stavanger Golf Club, Steinar Fløisvik, told Rogaland Avis: “In the early morning dew we observed bicycle tracks on the course. Footsteps showed that he had done his business, and the bicycle tracks disappeared back the way they came.”
The golf club has installed high-powered spotlights – to no avail. The culprit sabotaged them.
“He climbed up a tree next to the lights and wriggled far out on a branch and dismantled the spotlights,” another greenskeeper, Frode Jørmeland, said in amazement.
“How he managed the feat without electrocuting himself or falling is a riddle.”
A request by the golf club to install a surveillance camera was unaccountably denied.
Fløisvik has theories about the offender. “Our idea is that it could be someone who, for unknown reasons, hates the game of golf. Alternatively, the person may have a fetish or suffer from mental problems.”
Written by Peter Needham