'Hand' found on Welsh golf course as police forensics called to scene

A 'hand' found at the golf club
-Credit: (Image: Tenby Golf Club)


Golfers at a west Wales golf club had something of a shock last week when one member discovered what he suspected was the remains of a human hand on the course. The find was made on Friday nestled in a rabbit hole near the 9th hole of Tenby Golf Club in Pembrokeshire.

The golfer who made the discovery immediately alerted the club’s management who in turn called the police. The area around the 9th hole was cordoned off by officers from Dyfed-Powys Police, who sent images of the remains to their headquarters for special analysis. You can get the latest WalesOnline newsletters e-mailed to you directly for free by signing up here.

The concern among club members and staff was that the skeletal remains were in fact human, as they closely resembled a person's hand. However, despite initial tests being inconclusive, crime scene investigators were later able to confirm that the bones did not belong to a human.

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According to a spokesperson for Tenby Golf Club: "Last Friday (July 5), an ordinary round of golf took a startling turn when a club member discovered what appeared to be a skeletal human hand near the 9th hole on Tenby Golf Course. The shocking find, nestled in a rabbit hole, prompted immediate action and concern among the staff.

"After several tense hours of meticulous investigation, it was determined to be from an animal of an unknown species. This revelation brought a wave of relief to the golf club, as the discovery of human remains could have necessitated extensive and disruptive excavation of the fairway."

Club members and staff expressed their relief and curiosity over the unusual find, which has become the talk of the club. Golf manager David Hancock said: “It’s not every day you come across something like this on a golf course. It certainly added a bit of excitement and mystery to our usual routine.”

While tests confirmed that the bones were not human, what exactly they once belonged to remains something of a mystery, as the image taken at the club does seem to closely resemble a human hand. Dyfed-Powys Police has been asked to comment further on the find.