The Hanover Hawks golf team has decided to take the term “home sweet home” figuratively and literally.
Hanover recently announced that, after six years of calling The Crossings Golf Club in Montpelier home, they’ve secured a “new partnering facility” at Hanover Country Club, just a few par 5s west of county rival Patrick Henry.
Both courses are managed by Billy Casper Golf, Inc., and the Hawks see nothing but benefits with the new arrangement.
“The Crossings has been great to us, and now our student athletes have access to a very different course,” said Hawks golf coach Chris Pace. “Playing at Hanover Country Club is a golden opportunity for our kids.”
This arrangement is not unique for the area, as the Crossings also hosts the Atlee Raiders while Hanover Country Club (HCC) remains home to both Patrick Henry High School and Randolph-Macon College.
“We are happy to host multiple teams,” Crossings Head Golf Professional Kris Reinert said. “Without prep and junior golf, we would not have a secure future.”
The feeling is mutual a few miles east down Route 54.
“We just want to grow the game,” noted HCC Head Professional Mike King. “Young players in the game are always a great thing.”
With two home courses and new VHSL rules allowing teams to hold year-round practice, how are the Hawks adapting to not just home changes, but impending VHSL reclassification changes?
“HCC has been great. The course is unique and the players are learning its nooks and crannies,” Pace said. “With two courses to accommodate us, if one has a tournament or corporate outing, we can practice at the other one.”
Those latter changes involve scheduling, which Pace says is still being worked on, even at this late date. Golf is usually the first high school sport to begin regular season play, some three or four weeks before school opens.
“We’ll play out our “district” schedule this year, but we are also working to schedule Conference 20 teams so we will see them before the big conference tournament that determines who goes to regionals,” Pace explained.
Instead of playing in the Capital District, now extinct, they will play in Conference 20 in the 4A Classification. By comparison, Atlee, Patrick Henry, and Lee-Davis are all in the 5A Classification. Classes are based on student enrollment.
Hanover’s new conference rivals are Caroline, Dinwiddie, J.R. Tucker, Midlothian, Monacan, and Glen Allen. The Jaguars, entering their fourth year of existence, are the only fellow Capital District members moving with Hanover to Conference 20.