Thieves caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to Wentworth Golf Club when they tried to steal an ATM some time before 6am on Wednesday.
Police were on the scene on Wednesday morning, with indications the would-be thieves had broken into the club’s main building and attempted to remove the ATM via a winch attached to a vehicle.
Wentworth Golf Club general manager James Bale said the failed attempt had resulted in “a fair bit of damage”.
“There's the two broken glasses and they've also broken the ATM,” Mr Bale said.
“They didn't get access to it but they've managed to take the front panel off the ATM.”
Mr Bale said the club was unsure how much the damage would total, but said it would be over $5000.
Wentworth handed over CCTV footage of the incident from both inside and outside the venue to police, who were on the scene investigating on Wednesday morning.
Mr Bale said he had seen the footage and said “there is some stuff the police might be able to use”.
He said the timing of the attempted robbery was a bitter pill for the club’s staff and members to swallow, coming on the morning of their second-biggest ladies day of the year.
“We're a small club, we're slightly isolated because we're out of town, look, we struggle as much as anyone,” Mr Bale said.
“We've had a fairly good year this year but this was something we didn't need to happen.
“It's put a dampener on the open day. There were a good number of ladies turning up and with the police all over the place we had to lock off the area and the ladies’ amenities as well.”
Mr Bale hoped repairs from the incident would begin on Thursday and “hopefully everything will be working after that”.
Sadly, this wasn’t the first time crime has hit Wentworth.
An armed robbery in April 2013 saw a sawn-off shotgun held to the head of the barman, who was closing the club by himself.
The driving force of that robbery, Adrian John Bunn, was sentenced to more than four years in jail in 2015.
Anyone with information on Wednesday’s incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.