Golfers shot at on Whangaparaoa course

Air rifle pellets left holes in a tree and a sign at the Whangaparaoa Golf Club.
Air rifle pellets left holes in a tree and a sign at the Whangaparaoa Golf Club. Photo credit: Facebook

Police are investigating after golfers were shot at on a course in Whangaparaoa.

On Friday afternoon a father and son were playing a round at the Whangaparaoa Golf Club when they heard "bullets whizzing past our heads", according to a Facebook post from one of the players.

They called 111 and hid behind a bank on the fourth green, and were shot at again when they stood up to try and identify the culprit, who they believed was hiding in a nearby house.

The player's Facebook post claimed they were shot at for more than 30 minutes, and a pellet hit a tree near them.

Senior Sergeant Steve Pivac from Waitematā North Police confirmed officers and an Eagle helicopter were called to the scene at the golf course at about 4pm.

He said a "number of rounds" from what's believed to be an air rifle were fired at three victims, but no one was injured.

Police conducted enquiries in the immediate area but have been unable to locate any suspects. They are still investigating and urge anyone who was in the area on Friday afternoon and may have information to get in touch.

Whangaparaoa Golf Club has told its members to be "vigilant as a community".

"The club has been dealing with a number of issues related to youths on the course in the evenings, and ask that anyone who sees antisocial behaviour by non-golfers report it to police."

Witnesses can contact police on 09 426 4555 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.