On Tuesday, July 16, an employee of West Woods Golf Club was mowing on the Cottonwood course near the 14th tee when he discovered that two mature Cottonwood trees had been vandalized. The value of the two trees is estimated at $2,500. Now Golf Course staff is seeking the public’s help by offering a $250 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
True to its name, the Cottonwood course has the most trees along its fairways as well as lots of creeks and ponds, the result of water trickling down from the foothills. Its lush scenic layout lies very close to a nature trail in the area of the 13th and 16th holes, and the entire nine will give you a real back-to-nature feelings. Foxes have built their dens close to some tees; deer, mountain lions, coyotes and even a bear have been seen in the vicinity. Because of its natural beauty, this nine is always a favorite with golfers.
“These crimes impact our course’s neighbors negatively since the trees were planted in that area as a safety screen for errant golf shots into their property as well as losing the great aesthetics provided by two 60 foot high trees. The vandalism will also impact our budget since there is significant cost to replace the trees as well as remove the ones that were needlessly destroyed,” stated Jim Wilkins, Manager of Golf Course Operations. “It does not make sense to act in such a manner. We can only guess why.”
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Arvada Police Department at 720-898-6900.