A group of private Detroit-based investors led by Joe Barbat today announced the acquisition of Wabeek Country Club, located at 4000 Club Gate Dr. in Bloomfield Township, with a multi-million-dollar renovation under way. The 45,000-square-foot clubhouse will include a restaurant, a new spa, updated pool and baths, along with new event space.
New additions will include a 2,500-square-foot outdoor patio and fire pit lounge area with panoramic views of the first and 18th holes, locker rooms for the spa and pool, and a second story outside lounge overlooking the golf course. The goal is to create a new resort experience.
“Wabeek Country Club allows people to connect through golf, swimming, dining, and social events, and we’re thrilled that we will offer a club that will bring a multi-demographic membership and create the melting pot within our community,” says Richard Simtob a local entrepreneur and one of the club’s investors.
The private 180-acre golf course was originally designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. The new investment group has hired Art Harrison Interiors for the redesign and BMG Media to develop the digital brand experience. Eagle Construction Services in partnership with Dry-Medic Restoration Services have been contracted for the renovations.
Stephen Brennan, COO, and Kevin Green, executive chef, will run the day-to-day operations. They will work with Brian Paul, general manager, and Rick Howles, director of golf operations.
“Our members expect more and deserve more. Our renovations and attention to details will reflect this with our unparalleled approach,” says Barbat.
The club was purchased for an undisclosed amount. The renovation has a target completion date of July 4.