A small tornado has hit the Mayfield Golf Course near
Ashburton, accomplishing four seasons' worth of pruning in
The twister struck about 6pm and appears to have been
confined to the golf course and an adjacent paddock of rape.
It ripped out trees and scattered debris across fairways.
A golf club member who sent to the course to assess the
damage said some of the trees torn out were about
Several silver birch trees were destroyed, but the clubhouse
While the damage around the golf course was significant, the
club member, who did not want to be named, said the twister
appeared to have spared Mayfield township.
"It's a bloody mess here.
"We won't be pruning again for a while, and we've got a lot
of work to do if we want to play golf on Saturday," he said.
- Ashburton Guardian