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A small tornado has hit the Mayfield Golf Course near Ashburton, accomplishing four seasons' worth of pruning in four minutes.
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 30-years-old.
Several silver birch trees were destroyed, but the clubhouse escaped damage.
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