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HCC: The Inside Story

A friend of Dartblog with an inside knowledge of the College’s operations writes in about the management of the Hanover Country Club over the years (click on the text to enlarge it):

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Why would we expect the golf course to be better run that the rest of the administration? The rot is everywhere.

Addendum: One of my most reliable sources about the administration sends in a comment:

As part of HCC’s major course renovation and expansion project in 2001-2002, an alumnus offered to cover the cost of a new clubhouse on the west side of Lyme Road. Adding a multi-purpose facility in that very accessible location was central to the financial model for HCC’s future.

In addition to serving the College and its teams, a real clubhouse would make HCC memberships more marketable. It would give Dartmouth a year-round meeting venue for business and professional conferences close to campus. It would also open an income stream for HCC for wedding receptions, and corporate and non-profit golf events. Such services are how many golf clubs keep their operating budgets in the black.

The Wright administration turned down that alumni gift of a new clubhouse when the course was being renovated. Who knows why. Nothing has been done by the College to address this need in the 15 years since.

Addendum: A local golfer and close observer of the College writes in:

First, there was always the sensible option in 2000-2001 to include the four (?) holes on the east side of Route 10. It would have simply required a tunnel which shouldn’t have been too hard to fix with the Town. This would have given more room on the west side to make better holes than the new appalling design.

Dartmouth Pro Bill Johnson called #17 the only hole in golf that could be played as a par 5, a par 4 or a par 3, and it is a terrible hole from all three. Seven of the holes have greens that need to be bulldozed (#1; #2; #6; #8; #13; #17 and#18). #17 needs to be scrapped altogether.

The new 2000ft clubhouse that was proposed by Dartmouth Athletics was set to cost about $2,000,000 at at time around 2000 when an equivalent house in Hanover with land was costing about $300,000. The committee turned the proposal down.

The course redesign was managed by ex-hockey coach Roger Demment. Ever since, it has been called Demment’s Debacle! After the renovation I left, as did all my friends, because the course became unplayable.


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