Bello Woods Golf Course will improve its safety in a number of ways in light of the theft and vandalism of golf carts at Macomb Township in 2021.
“We don’t want what happened to us to happen to anyone else or to us again,” Janet Schrade, co-owner of Bello Woods, said.
Bello Woods Golf Course is a 27-hole public course with a clubhouse located at 23650 23 Mile Road, north of North Avenue in Macomb Township. It is usually open from April to December.
Built by the Soullier family in 1969, it has been owned and operated by the family for three generations by the Soullier and Schrade families. Schrade is currently a co-owner with his brother Todd Soullier and the company employs about 45 people.
“It’s been in our family for 52 years, and all these years, nothing like that has ever happened,” Schrade said.
The problems started in March. A case report from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office shows the course suffered the destruction of damaging property on March 8, damaging a block of flats on White Course Street near hole four. The apartment building has men’s and women’s toilets. Someone broke into the first steel door of the apartment building and then to both toilet doors with the help of a metal column. The report lists the damage to the toilets and toilets in the toilets. Schrade said there was no electricity on this section, but steps are now being taken to improve safety in the area.
“Repairing the furniture and everything and the doors cost over $ 4,000. I had to search hard to find anyone to do the work, it took a month, ”Schrade said.
However, the incident did not hurt the business as a whole, as the repairs were made before the start of the period in April.
On October 4, a $ 3,000 golf cart was stolen. Schrade discovered that the lock on the fenced area of the golf cart area had been stolen and the carts had been driven away.
“When I came in, I saw that they had cut a lock, a big lock behind the fence. There are cameras there, but they had no night vision, and it was too dark to see exactly what happened, ”Schrade said, adding that the updated cameras and alarms are one of the security improvements he worked on.
The stolen cart was rented from the Michigan Tournament Fleet. About 80 carts in the field are usually kept in two buildings or in a fenced area, Schrade said.
“We had to rent more carts. We were very busy and couldn’t sell us more carts, so we rented 10 carts,” Schrade said.
According to the report, Schrade told police that the lock on the fenced area of the golf carts had been broken three times earlier. The insurance did not cover the cost of the entire stolen rental cart.
“When we had to return the carts, we had to file a claim with an insurance company. The rental company charged $ 4,900 and the insurance company $ 3,900, Schrade said. “We paid extra.”
The Beige’s $ 4,000 2018 golf cart was sometimes stolen between October 24 and November 3. According to the report, Bello Woods was closed on October 24, when all the carts were in the account. Schrade said the field was closed due to bad weather and the carts were parked on a sheltered site surrounded by an eight-foot locked gate.
However, on November 3, he noticed the lock was lost and the golf cart stolen, according to a report showing the company logo on the front of the stolen cart. No security material was available as the recordings were only kept for a week.
“People think it’s not a big deal, it’s insured. We can’t redeem another cart or our insurance will skyrocket, ”Schrade said, adding that the golf course will have to bear the cost.
Nov. 5 Macomb County Sheriff’s Sgt. Renee Yax said in an email that three cases were “closed due to lack of clues” and that “no known suspects”.
Schrade said the season has gone well despite concerns about theft and vandalism, as well as the COVID-19 security protocol and staff shortages.
“We did everything we could, we did everything we could to make customers feel safe, the dealers in the carts, and the things related to it. We took every precaution, and the season has been great,” Schrade said.
Although several security updates on the course are designed to improve things, Schrade remains concerned about the end of the season, as the estimated total cost of theft and damage to date has reached approximately $ 12,000. He said that despite a good season, this is a high price for the golf course.
“We have friends on other courses and we all do it together. I’ve talked to Hickory Hollow and Sycamore (Hills) and they haven’t had any problems with theft or destruction, Schrade said.