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Clubby atmosphere vanishes as costs escalate in Belmont

Accusations fly among members at Belmont Country Club

What began two years ago as an elaborate $18 million clubhouse reconstruction at Belmont Country Club has grown 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 — delineating their grievances and accusations with Roman numerals.

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