Owners of WB Lakes and The Golf Club at Camelot agree to purchase course in Horicon
The Merkel Family has agreed with the city of Horicon on the purchase of Rock River Hills golf course in Horicon. The Merkel group offered $420,000 for the 18-hole course. Over the years the Merkel family, have purchased 5 golf courses. With the addition of Rock river hills it will make 6 with 3 being currently owned by them. The Merkel family group over the years has truly been a group. The Merkel group owners in the past were brothers Lee, Bob, Jon, Jim, Rich and sister Kay, also son Tom and daughter Laura. Other family members that are presently involved consist of Chris, Stephanie, Cameron, Deb, Zach, Lindy, Max, Jody, Mia, and Danelle.
“Our family has a history of taking distressed courses and bringing them back,” said Jim Merkel. The Rock River Hills course, built in 1966-67, was owned by the city of Horicon. “The managing group operating the course did not want to continue and the opportunity was there for us,” Jim Merkel said.
The Merkel’s believe the close proximity between West Bend, Horicon and Lomira will help with the operation of all three courses. All 3 courses have rates that are comparable and all 3 courses have the same semi private model for operations. Jim Merkel said “The one thing he wanted to make clear was the family is not out to change everything. Rock River Hill model runs pretty close to our models and we’re just going to try and enhance the property,”
Some of the constructive upgrades planed include taking care of deferred maintenance like upgrading the irrigation system, newer equipment for grounds maintenance, revitalize the banquet halls, apply a fresh coat of paint, some new carpeting and changing the name of the course to Horicon Hills Golf Club.