Forum, June 9: A Little Bit of Hanover Country Club History

Friday, June 08, 2018
Hanover Country Club: A Little Bit of History

Having heard the remarks at the open forum about the Hanover Country Club golf course being “unfair and no fun,” with several poorly designed holes, some historical perspective is needed (“Hanover Country Club Panel Issues Report,” May 31).

In 1998, the Athletic Department formed a committee to discuss the possibility of renovating the course. When the college gave the committee the green light to move forward, a golf course architect renowned for his restoration and renovation of Donald Ross courses was chosen for the project. His mandate was to make the course as long as possible, make it suitably challenging for men and women collegiate golfers, and maintain the character and personality of the course which is so dear to alumni — golfers and non-golfers alike.

Many committee members endorsed the idea of constructing new holes on the east side of Lyme Road, on a portion of the old Barton course, but this plan was rejected for several reasons, including concerns about golf cart traffic crossing Lyme Road, the $500,000 cost to build a tunnel, the proximity of wetlands and meeting the challenges of maintaining turf within the town’s 75-foot wetlands buffer along Girl Brook, which prohibits the use of fertilizer and chemicals. This resulted in the construction of new holes 11, 12, 16 and 17 at the southernmost and northernmost tips of the golf course. The 2000-2002 renovation also included a new clubhouse on Lyme Road to provide nine-hole rounds, a modern food and beverage operation, lockers for team and country club members, banquet space, electric carts and a winter cross country ski center.

It is the goal of the golf architect to design a course that is interesting, varied and playable for all. With six sets of tees to accommodate all levels of golfers, Hanover Country Club now may be played from as long as 6,470 yards to as short as 4,530 yards. And interestingly, Hanover Country Club was recently ranked as the third-best course in New Hampshire by Golfweek magazine.

Roger Demment


The writer is the former general manager of the Hanover Country Club.

Skip Matthews Memorial Run Coming

The Skip Matthews Memorial Run celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Over the last 14 years, thousands of people have participated in this “4 Miles for Research” community event. While celebrating Skip’s life, we promote community awareness about brain tumor research and, thanks to the generosity of the Upper Valley, have raised more than $205,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Brain Tumor Research Fund.

Join us on Father’s Day, June 17, at Colburn Park in Lebanon. The one-mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the 4-mile Skip’s Run begins at 10 a.m. After the race, stay to enjoy music, the presentation of awards, and a barbecue. Registration information is available at www.skipsrun.org or at Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department. We look forward to another great race and the community spirit that has become an integral part of the day.

Nancy Menard

White River Junction

Court Opens Door For Discrimination

One of the more toxic results of our shredding the social contract on which our republic was based is evidenced in the result of the Colorado baker case. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the baker’s discrimination because Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission didn’t give proper respect to the baker’s religious beliefs. The court’s decision doesn’t give proper respect to the religious beliefs of the couple who wanted to have a cake. The court used to apply the “Lemon Test” to laws, which was based on the principle that any law that serves no secular purpose, only religious, is unconstitutional. Legal discrimination based solely on religious belief clearly violates this principle.

While we had a social contract, it was recognized that a person’s legal rights ended when they impinged on someone else’s legal rights. The U.S. Constitution does not allow for the violating of someone’s legal rights on the basis of religious beliefs. Religion is not given privileged position in our nation of laws. The U.S. has never been a legally Christian nation. Religious freedom, as claimed by the religious right, consists simply of Christianity overruling everything, including other people’s religious beliefs, even if they are also Christian.

The Supreme Court has set a bad precedent by declaring the discriminator’s religious freedom is greater than those who are discriminated against. It has opened the door for legal discrimination against anybody for anything as long as it is cloaked in “religious freedom.”

Mark R. Allen


Samantha Bee Seems To Strike a Chord

After reading the opinion piece written by Christine Flowers from the Philadelphia Daily News, I wondered what her value system was, with her attack on Samantha Bee and her weekly show (“Samantha Bee Doesn’t Deserve a Pass for Her Classless Name-Calling,” June 2).

Flowers wrote, “You should not be able to say the things that Bee said and get a pass for being a feminist.” Is Flowers a feminist? I’m not sure where she stands on that question, but she writes in the same piece that she opposes abortion. Does she oppose the right to abortion as well, the right for other women to decide for themselves? She really needs to think for a moment about where she stands on the issue of women’s rights, and human rights. She has a pulpit, which means that people read her opinion, so it matters.

Flowers’ stance on abortion is objectively retrograde, as in 1973. Roe vs. Wade happened 45 years ago, and it is high time to move on by tackling, for instance, poverty and hunger in this country. One can move on without losing one’s own principles to other value systems that include a woman’s right (and ability, and sometimes need) to choose.

Samantha Bee also has a pulpit that she uses to denounce the hypocrisy of our current conservative and very wealthy government. If Flowers has been watching her show until now, Bee might be striking a chord in her that goes far deeper than her “delivery,” “style” and her “mean girl humor.” Maybe Christine Flowers is not a mean girl after all, and neither is Samantha Bee.

Annabelle Cone


Here’s a Suggestion: Harvey Weinstein U.

I’ve just become aware of the possibility that the Norris Cotton Cancer Center may have a new name soon (“Cancer Center Naming Rights Part of Fundraising Campaign,” May 31). Perhaps, as a next step, the soon-to-be pardoned Martha Stewart may see her name replace Mary Hitchcock herself at the front door. And why stop there? Harvey Weinstein likely will be pardoned by the predator-in-chief at some point, and he’s probably got a few million bucks to invest in rehabilitating his name. How does Weinstein University sound to replace Dartmouth College? Maybe Donald Trump himself will want in on the act and outbid Weinstein.

What example are we setting for those who follow us when we demonstrate that everything has a price and money trumps all?

Colin Butler


Sound Political Advice

It’s the economy, stupid.

Peter Dooley