Dartmouth Group to Study Fate of Hanover Country Club

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hanover — Dartmouth College last week named a committee to study the future of the Hanover Country Club, which administrators have considered closing to stem operational losses.

The 123-acre club and course near Occom Pond ran an average annual deficit of $595,000 over the past four years, and membership declined to about 300 last year from 551 three years ago.

College officials are eyeing the course for possible inclusion in a 4-year shift of resources from operational expenses to academics.

Charles Wheelan, a 1988 alumnus who was a Dartmouth varsity golfer and now lectures in economics at the school, will chair the committee, according to a college news release last week.

The other members are Dominic Candido, president of the advisory board of the Hanover Country Club; Kent Dahlberg, a campus minister and golf club member; Linda Fowler, professor of government emerita and Pine Park commissioner for the town of Hanover; Barry Harwick, director of Dartmouth men’s and women’s track and cross country; Rob Houseman, director of planning and zoning for the town of Hanover; Josh Keniston, chief of staff to Rick Mills, Dartmouth’s executive vice president; Jack Kiernan, co-chair of Friends of Dartmouth Golf; Steve Richardson, a Hanover Country Club member; Tracy Welch, co-chair of Friends of Dartmouth Golf; Richard Whitmore, senior associate athletic director; and Doug Williamson, a Hanover Country Club member.

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon will hear the committee’s report this spring, and the Board of Trustees will address the issue in June.