'Twinkie Bandits' spoil winter golf, not to mention damage to property

Posted: Friday, November 07, 2003

Last Sunday, in the middle of the night, a group of thieves and vandals decided to pay Birch Ridge Golf Course a visit. They stole six flags and flag poles and four tee markers that we know of and destroyed a flag pole used to notify players when to hit on a blind shot, tore a small log cabin that was built by the original developer (a unique 150-yard maker) from its base, tore down two moose surrounds and marked up one green.

We will call these punks the "Twinkie Bandits" as they left a wrapper on Green No. 3. What the cowards do not understand is that in addition to the harm they have caused to private property, they have disturbed the ability for the golfing public to continue to play winter golf (a conflict of terms for most normal Alaska winters), as I have removed the flags from all the holes, as we cannot afford to take these kinds of losses based on the participation we have in this sport at this time of the year.

In any event, I am offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Twinkie Bandits. If you are willing to provide information to hopefully stop some of this vandalism and help the golfing public, please call the Birch Ridge Golf Course at 262-5270 or the Soldotna Police Department at 262-4455.

Pat Cowan, Owner and general manager, Birch Ridge Golf Course

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