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Ode to the Hanover Country Club

A newly minted alumnus writes in (and sends a lovely picture):

This email may be a few weeks late, but I enjoyed reading your staunch defense of the Hanover Country Club. I’m an alum (‘17) who has never picked up a driver, let alone played a round of golf, and still believes that losing the golf course would tear off one of Dartmouth’s most beautiful places. I remember when, my freshman fall, an upperclassman first led me on a run up Rope Ferry Road to the course and Pine Park. After a few visits, I fell in love with the whole area. Coming from Minneapolis, a city with a trail system that runs through parks, skirts lakes, and winds along the river, I felt at home on HCC’s rolling hills and Pine Park’s snaking paths.

I ran on the club grounds around three days a week during 15X and loved every moment. During my rough times on campus, I’d jog or walk the course to let the fall leaves, clear blue sky, or pine-green mountains free my mind. Few places like it exist anywhere. The HCC is a campus jewel-awash in color during the fall, sparse and silent in the winter, and an earthly paradise of green during the spring and summer. How could we ever give up anything so beautiful?

Golf Course 1.JPG

Addendum: Was John Keats writing about the golf course?

A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth

A joy forever until Phil Hanlon gets his hands on it.

Addendum: I have reproduced the above photograph as it was sent to me. Would a psychoanalytically-inclined member of the Art History department note the heavy shadows in the foreground of the pastoral image as indicative of an encroaching threat?


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