Mitcham Golf Links, Damaged Green
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|Notes / History||Sadly the Common is just as vulnerable to vandalism as any other part of Merton.
However this is nothing new - in 1930, over £200 worth of damage was done to the Mitcham Common Golf links. Sections of newly laid turf were uprooted on the Greens, sand was thrown in the ponds and flagstaffs were broken.
The motive may have been jealousy or bitterness - for much of its early history the "Prince's Golf Club" was highly exclusive, with an elite membership. Many ordinary residents resented attempts to prevent them from using facilities on "common" i.e. public land.