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Detroit Police Country Club – Wheatley – 1926

So apparently the Detroit Police once had their own private country club on Lake Erie, just outside of Wheatley. It was built in 1926, but I can’t find any other information about the place. These are construction photos I’ve come across, so it was actually built. I’m hoping someone out there knows something about it… Like where exactly it was, what happened to the building, the club?

From the Border Cities Star – November 20, 1926:

    Situated on the shores of Lake Erie, six miles from, the village of Wheatley, is the Detroit Police Country Club, one of the most unique of its kind in America. A luxurious $50,000 clubhouse is under course of construction and the ground is being prepared for golf, tennis, baseball and children’s playgrounds.

    Surrounding the club house is 23 acres of beautiful landscape, while in front there is a stretch of 700 feet of bathing beach. Officials of the organization hope to hold the opening next spring.

A 9 hole golf course was one of the features of the property. The second and third floors contained a total of 41 bedrooms, for the accommodation of club members, for weekend getaways and longer vacations as well. There were also plans to run a bus service for members who didn’t want to drive.

Quite a place, and a bit of the forgotten history of Essex County.

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