A note warning golfers to ‘stop cutting down trees’ was found in a hole at Berkhamsted Golf Club after four of its greens were torn up by vandals.
A club member, who asked not to be named, wrote on Twitter that ‘tree-huggers’ are rumoured to be behind the damage.
An anonymous email sent to this website says the club has been ‘felling trees left, right and centre’ without consulting the public.
But general manager Steve Derbyshire said: “Berkhamsted Common is owned by Berkhamsted Golf Club Trustees limited. Why would we consult them?”
Historically the area was open to everybody for cattle-grazing, collection of firewood and other activities and several footpaths still pass through it.
The email says: “We have rights under common law about what happens on this land.”
It says mature oak trees have been felled and burned by the club because their leaves blew onto the fairway, and that heather and gorse has been destroyed nearby.
It claims: “The golf club are trying to keep it quiet as they do not want the bad publicity, but we feel it should be brought to your attention.
“It’s time they were brought to task and realise that it is our common as much as theirs. Ask any Potten End resident and they will tell you how upset we are.”
Mr Derbyshire said the damage was reported to police after being discovered by staff on Sunday. It is understood that 30 huge holes were dug in the greens by the vandals.
He said: “I do not want to respond to people’s anger. What we do not want to do is have an argument in the public domain. If people have concerns, they should contact the golf club.”