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Cost overrun sparks internal feud at Belmont Country Club

Overruns may cost each member of the Belmont Country Club at least $28,000.
Overruns may cost each member of the Belmont Country Club at least $28,000.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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What began two years ago as an $18 million clubhouse reconstruction at Belmont Country Club has devolved into a nearly $30 million fiasco, and now the club’s affluent, well-mannered membership has lost its collective cool.

Wealthy weekend golfers are standing up in meetings and demanding resignations. Millionaires are trading nasty e-mails — chronicling their grievances with Roman numerals.

Successful business people have “done things that we would never do in our professional lives,” according to one message from the clubhouse building committee.

“Welcome to Belmont’s very own Big Apple Circus!” Robert Schlager, president of the Bulfinch Companies, wrote in an e-mail to club leaders last year. Schlager advised the club on utility work and concluded that a “team of misfits” was handling the project.

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