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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):
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.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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