Members of the two private clubs approve deal, to be final in late December

The University Club of Milwaukee and the Tripoli Country Club on Wednesday announced they are merging.

“The new combined entity will offer members access to two of the area’s most admired and historic private clubs,” according to a press release announcing the merger, “with a wide array of amenities, such as superior dining, a top-rated 18-hole golf course and a variety of recreational, enrichment and professional development opportunities.”

University Club 1898 Entrance

The University Club’s interior

The two private clubs both have long histories: The University Club was founded in 1898 by a group of college graduates as a place for networking, sharing ideas and engaging in the issues of the day, according to its website. The Tripoli Country Club was set up in 1921 as a golf course for members of the Tripoli Temple of Shriners – an affiliation that no longer exists. Over the years it hosted a number of PGA tournaments; Arnold Palmer played there at least once, in the 1950s, according to the Tripoli website.

The University Club has 450 members, the Tripoli 350, according to Lynn Sheka, vice president of Reputation Partners, the P.R. firm that issued the release. At least two-thirds of the membership of each club voted to undertake the merger, according to the release. The actual merger will take place in late December, the release says.

The University Club is at 924 E. Wells St., and boasts two dining rooms, one on the club’s top floor, with a view of the lakefront. The Tripoli club is at 7401 N. 43rd St., north of West Good Hope Road.

The name of the combined club has not yet been determined. Dan Aiello, president of the Tripoli board, will head the board for the new club.

The putting green and clubhouse at Ttipoli CC, a private golf, swimming and tennis club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. . Photograph by Paul Hundley; July, 2013.

The putting green and clubhouse at Tripoli Country Club.