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Greater Clarity About HCC
The work of Professor Charlie Wheelan ‘88’s Golf Course Advisory Committee puts into relief what is great about Dartmouth and what ails her. The committee’s report on various options for the course’s future contained pregnant thoughts:
Several alumni have made specific offers regarding contributions (totaling over $10M) to continue golf course operations and/or build a new clubhouse. It is our sense that these contributions are not fungible and therefore would not materialize if the course were closed.
A fair interpretation of the above will contain two ideas: generous alumni would be happy to contribute large sums of money to creating a golf course of which the community and they could be proud; and the money they would donate would never go to the College otherwise. The world “rathole” is sometimes evoked in these discussions.
Planning for a new course layout and clubhouse is moving forward, and one imaginative design provides for three six-hole links (Loops A, B and C). In addition, several existing holes would be abandoned in the thought that the College would want the space near the Dewey parking lot for some type of expansion (see red arrow):
However, it is tough to know exactly what the College is looking for because the administration — despite Carol Folt’s strategic plan and after Phil’s five years in Hanover — has no active Master Plan concerning Dartmouth’s direction. There was a Master Plan prepared in 2002, but everyone seems to agree that it is no more than an artifact today. That Plan did have the germ of an idea of what types of buildings were to go on the slope and plateau above Dewey — student residences (and you think the River Cluster is far from campus) and academic facilities:
As for the hundreds of cars currently in the Dewey lot, nothing is said.
In any event, the course is far from dead, and Charlie Wheelan said at yesterday evening’s meeting that more discussions would be taking place with EVP for Finance Rick Mills in the near future. Fingers crossed.
Addendum: The College has a chance to distinguish itself in this situation. We could end up with a lovely golf course that would attract talented varsity athletes, and also a first class clubhouse that would be a must-see stop on most alumni visits to Hanover.
Addendum: There has been talk of a large building in the Dewey area for the College’s new Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. Given the parlous state of the campus at the present time, a large project of this type seems ill-advised.
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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