L.B. man arrested after allegedly attacking golfer

Police said man used racial slurs during bias incident at Eisenhower Park golf course


Nassau County police arrested a Long Beach man on Thursday after he lost his temper during a game of golf, hurled racial slurs at two men and allegedly attacked one of them with his golf club.

Police said that 48-year-old Grant Smith, of West Bay Drive in Long Beach, was playing golf at Eisenhower Park’s White Course in East Meadow on Tuesday, April 9, at 9:35 a.m., when he approached two black men, ages 66 and 65, playing on the third hole and made rude comments to them.

Police said that when the two men reached the fifth hole, Smith began yelling racial epithets at the men. Smith allegedly then struck the 65-year-old golfer with his club in the left calf. Police said that Smith struck the man so hard that the head of the golf club broke off.

Police said Smith also threatened to stab the victims with the broken club. The two men backed away and called police as Smith fled the course. The victim was treated at an area hospital for a contusion to his calf. Third Squad detectives located Smith at his residence on Thursday and placed him under arrest.

Smith was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of second-degree menacing. He was arraigned on Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.