GROUNDS staff at The National Golf Club at Cape Schanck last week got a fright when they dug up a live naval round.
The landscapers were working on the second hole at the Cups Drive course when they unearthed the 43cm-long “unexploded ordnance”, 3.30pm, Tuesday 28 August. It may have lain undisturbed for decades near the surface, about one kilometre from Truemans Road.
They quickly moved clear and reported their dangerous find to police who called in the RAAF. Military officers cordoned off the area which was guarded overnight by police. Next day they detonated the shell in a deep hole.
Sergeant Ben Swift, of Hastings police, who supervised the operation, said the shell may have been left over from historic training drills conducted by officers from the Army cadet school at Point Nepean.
“It had been in the ground a long time and was degraded but still dangerous,” he said.