Vandals spray gang signs, destroy golf course clubhouse
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
A Mobile golf course that's been closed for years won't reopen Tuesday as planned.
Vandals wreaked havoc inside the clubhouse at Linksman Golf Club on Saint Andrews Drive over the weekend.
The MPD gang unit is investigating. Police said some of things spray-painted inside are gang symbols.
Now the couple that spent tens of thousands of dollars on renovations is trying to decide whether it’s worth it to start over.
"They're just tearing things up for fun and enjoying it," said Victoria Ransom. For the past four months, renovating Linksman Golf Club has been a labor of love for her and her husband Will.
"It had been closed for nearly a decade," said Ransom.
Early Sunday morning her husband’s lifelong dream to open a golf course was shattered.
Inside the clubhouse vandals spray-painted graffiti, splattered paint on the walls, broke glass windows and ripped down ceiling fans.
It was a neighbor that first spotted the destruction and called the couple.
When the Ransoms arrived, the place was flooded. Vandals had smashed the urinals, toilets and sinks.
"All the plumbing was spewing out. Water was all over the building. My husband had to turn off the water," said Victoria Ransom.
Now Mobile Police are investigating.
"They came out this morning and collected some evidence. They didn't tell us too much other than it does look like it could possibly be gang related," said Ransom. “They had South Side Kings written on the side of our irrigation box. That happened about a week ago and inside the building there is now “SSK.”
"We are just very upset. We don't know if we even have it in us to do it again. We just don't know," she said.
Victoria estimates it will cost at least $10,000-$15,000 to fix everything. A GoFundMe has already raised more than $1,300.