About two weeks ago, pigs started tearing up the turf at the 14th green and causing some lesser damage at the 11th hole. The pigs ripped up large chunks of the grass to get to earthworms that were underneath the root system, said golf course superintendent Sean Gillen.
"They've hit us hard on the greens," said Gillen, of International Golf Management. "They rooted up about 300 square feet of turf, causing complete devastation."
Wildlife experts say the hogs, which can weigh as much as 750 pounds, are increasingly running roughshod in rural areas, suburbs and even a few cities, digging up cemeteries, gardens and lawns.
Gillen said it's the first time in 15 years he's seen wild pigs cause this type of damage to a golf course.
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