Park Ridge Football Club has amassed nearly 1,000 golf balls on their fields over the last month in a string of late night pitch invasions by people hitting golf balls on their property.

New evidence suggests the golf balls were stolen from an Algester-based golf driving range, the business having lost the same number of balls over the same timeframe.

The sample of balls recovered from Park Ridge FC show the branding of Tee Time Golf Driving Range, Algester.

Tee Time Golf Driving Range staffer Daniel McGraw says they noticed repeat incidents of their property being vandalised and balls going missing or being stolen over the last month.

“The manager’s gone overseas for a while and we’re a bit understaffed, so we haven’t been able to clean the range for two months, so there’s probably a couple of thousand balls [out] there every night, but one specific night two weeks ago, the back of the range was squeaky clean,” he says.

“Then someone is selling our balls on [Facebook] Marketplace as well.”

“We’ve lost quite a few thousand.”  

From December 15-20, the driving range was shut for repairs, which coincides with when the incidents stopped at Park Ridge FC, which last reported an incident on December 8.

In the month leading up to that, the football club reported collecting 2-300 balls up to three times per week at the peak of the issue.

Park Ridge FC president Mick Griffin says it was downright annoying. 

“We’re a volunteer club and we’ve got a groundsman who’s the only one who gets paid, who has to pick them up before he can mow, so it cuts short the time he has”, says Park Ridge FC President Mick Griffin.

“We’re lucky no one has twisted an ankle or anything like that,” says Mr Griffin.

“It’s just a big nuisance; I’m hoping it’s stopped now.”

Mr Griffin intends to return the balls to the driving range. 

Although Tee Time Golf Driving Range is preparing to permanently shut in February, Mr McGraw says it is a frustrating way to go out.

“It’s just frustrating, even though we’re closing down because they [the golf balls] have our name on them, we’d prefer to have them back,” says Mr McGraw.

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