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West Bend Lakes Golf Club - Clubhouse Fire Update

West Bend Lakes Golf Club - Clubhouse Fire Update

By Brian Weis

This posted by our friends at West Bend Lakes Golf Club

By now most of you have heard that West Bend Lakes Golf Club suffered the loss of their clubhouse to a fire on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

Although tragic - it is not an end.

What we know:

1. Everyone is safe - first and foremost - the silver lining from the tragedy

2. The clubhouse itself is a total loss. Moving forward the small courtyard building which can be found by the power cart staging area will be used as a temporary Proshop/Bar. The phones have been forwarded to a cellphone so you can still call the West Bend Lakes phone number to make a tee time - (262) 675-9922

3. The fire did not affect the golf course - tees, fairways or greens - or the power golf carts. You can come out and golf - in fact - we would truly appreciate your support during this challenging time.

Moving forward - what you need to know:

A. The golf course is open - with carts - weather permitting

B. West Bend Lakes will be working out of a temporary Pro Shop located near the power cart staging area. The phone number has not changed - (262) 675-9922.

C. All sales will be on a cash or check basis. At present there is no internet available so we cannot run your credit card - but we are working to make adjustments to that for the future - we will notify when credit cards are available - please be patient.

D. Temporary bathroom facilities are being brought in

E. Beverages are available - snacks and limited menu food items will be added in the future - we are working on the logistics of it all

F. Seating is limited to outdoor picnic tables. Please consider tossing a bag chair into your trunk so you can visit with friends while relaxing in the sunshine after your round.

G. Golf leagues will go on as planned.

H. Provisions are being made for tents to accommodate any events/golf outings that have been scheduled to be hosted at West Bend Lakes Golf Club

The Golf Club at Camelot and Horicon Hills Golf Club stand behind their brother course of West Bend Lakes and will be assisting as best they can to help us move forward. As golfers, you all know that we are a family - not a building. The clubhouse was just a structure. It can be rebuilt - our family lives on.

A while ago you were introduced to Traditions Golf and everyone asked "What is Traditions Golf?" Our explanation - the unity between West Bend Lakes Golf Club, Horicon Hills Golf Club and The Golf Club at Camelot - building family values within our communities is the simple answer. But the display of those who build this unity goes above the immediate Merkel family. It's all of you - you are our Traditions Golf family and we know that even through setbacks, you will be there to help us recover.

Chris Merkel said it best last evening in a Facebook Post - "The Lakes may have lost a clubhouse, but our foundation which was built from family, friendship and the fellowship of our community WILL stand strong again."

West Bend Lakes would like to extend their gratitude to all the firefighters, first responders, police officers and countless volunteers that provided support yesterday and to all of you for your continued support going forward.

Revised: 03/15/2021 - Article Viewed 12,761 Times - View Course Profile

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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