They made their first appearance on Sunday, president Philip Marshall recalled, though he told CNN Sport the club “didn’t know where they came from.”
“One of our golfers saw these pigs on the course and tried to drive them away and he got slashed in the leg and had to go to A&E to shoot,” Marshall said. “And they disappeared after that, so we thought they were gone.
“On Tuesday, they showed up again then, and they dug 18 green, the first tee and then our head green director tried to kick one of them off and it popped him and it So he had to go and get a tetanus shot but he’s fine And he actually had a hole this morning (Thursday) so no effect! nothing bad for him.”
Although Marshall described the injuries as minor cuts, both went to the emergency room as a precaution because it was a wild animal injury.
Because the members of the golf club cannot crank the pigs themselves, it is a case of containment of damage and waiting for outside help.
Marshall said he called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and local police. Police said it was not within their jurisdiction to collect the pigs and that the RSPCA would come and help when they could, but they “went overboard.”
“What happened was I was there almost all day until dusk, and we managed to get them to the far corner of the field,” explains Marshall.
“So we took them to the corner and left them there. We couldn’t reach them, we closed the yard because they were obviously dangerous.
“They ended up Tuesday night on a side street outside the golf club. They were put on a transport plane and they were taken away. We don’t know where they came from or what happened to them. .”
Lightcliffe has since reopened to the public and is offering an additional bonus to anyone who signs up to play.
“Whoever orders a book online and comes over, we offer a free bacon sandwich,” says Marshall.