Town of Trenton, WI – The Merkel family is putting the finishing touches on their new clubhouse at West Bend Lakes Golf Club1241 Highway 33 E, in the city of Trenton, WI.
The family suffered a devastating loss following a fire that razed the clubhouse on March 14, 2021. Although it was a great loss for the family business, the Merkels did not dwelling on the past, but working with a dedicated staff, they began to build for the future.
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In August 2021 designs for a new clubhouse were released. Gone is the old farmhouse and in its place a 4,000 square foot, 2-story building designed by American Construction Services as a tribute to the Augusta National Clubhouse.
Stately white columns would surround the porch and golfers would be guided home by a large clock tower.
The interior includes a bar/dining room, professional shop, full kitchen, office and storage space.
The Merkel family praised the final product.
“I like the openness and the country style with the porch. We are blue collar, but we wanted to keep a country vibe. We’re not going for an upscale, fancy white collar. We want it to be a clubhouse where people can come and hang out.
“The new design has one level, no second floor. On the customer side, it will be more user-friendly, so you won’t have to go down 10 steps to get out.
“The ground floor of the first floor will be lower than before because it was built on stilts. There will be fewer steps to get in or out.
“We are making progress,” said co-owner Tom Merkel. “We have inspections, and all the restaurant equipment is here and there is a lot going on inside. We are very excited to hold the grand opening soon.
Items that are still in progress include landscaping, an exterior pavilion patio and finishing the driveway.
Also new, and already in place, is the updated signage design along Highway 33.
The new sign features the clock tower pinned at 5 p.m. “It’s part of our new theme for the clubhouse,” Lee Merkel said. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere; Let’s get together and relax.
“I also want to thank our members and certainly the whole community for their support through all of this,” said Tom Merkel. “Excitement is growing for our grand opening; we can’t wait for everyone to come and see the beautiful area we have for them.”
“The 8-sided lookout we have on the course is the rock for the whole family,” said Tom Merkel. “It’s my grandparents and Bob’s mom and dad.
“There are eight siblings and each corner has a tribute on how they wanted to remember their parents.”
The signs focus on themes of love, life lessons, the value of hard work, and the importance of family.
“We would also like to thank our dedicated staff,” said Tom Merkel. “They all worked very hard and had to deal with a lot of changes. But they’re all very professional and that’s one of the reasons we were able to put everything together in a year.