How Much Does a Country Club Membership Cost?
A country club is a private club offering exclusivity to its members. Country clubs offer high-end and varied amenities encompassing a wide range of interests. Golf, however, is a focal point of interest in most country clubs. Most country clubs have recreational, dining, and social activities. This can include access to banquet rooms, golf course, outdoor activities, and special dinners or parties to which only members are invited.
Membership fees are nothing short of exorbitant, and even for those who can afford, membership does not come easily since applications for new membership are not entertained unless recommended by existing members, There are often waiting lists are for admission, and these lists can be quite long.
How much does it cost?
- An article published on Hollywoodreporter.com talked about the Los Angeles’ top country clubs and reveals the figures and how tight acceptance is in these clubs with ultra-exclusivity, even with the right connections. For instance, the Riviera Country Club tops the list with its initiation fee pegged at $250,000; Hillcrest Country Club requires $185,000; Sherwood Country Club’s initiation fee is at $160,000; Brentwood Country Club at $180,000; Bel-Air Country Club at $150,000; El Caballero Country Club is cheapest at $45,000; Lakeside Country Club requires $80,000.
- According to Askmen.com, initiation fees for a membership at the Sherwood Country Club begins at $200,000; Bighorn Golf Club asks for $325,000 for a dual membership fee; Augusta National Golf Club pegs its membership fee from $250,000 to $500,000. Keep in mind that these are going to be the higher-end clubs that cost a lot more than the typical country club up the road.
- In Boston, there are several nice country clubs that seek out new members and at lower costs. For example, the Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill bills a non-refundable initiation fee of $15,000. The Bay Club at Mattapoisett requires a refundable membership deposit of $120,000, and the Sterling Country Club Sterling is open for membership for just $6,000.
- Overall, the fees for a country club are going to vary over a wide range of money. This means that you may find it for as little as $500 to as much as $500,000 or even more. The average price, however, will normally be in the $500 to $20,000 range.
What is going to be included?
- All country clubs are going to vary with their inclusions. Some membership fees are only going to include the golf, while other fees are going to include everything such as the food, amenities, etc.
- Some clubs will charge based on the age of the person applying for membership. Usually, the older you are, the more you may have to pay. This is not always the case, though. TravisPointe.com, for example, has its initiation fees noted on their website; these prices start at $9,500 for those over the age of 25.
What are the extra costs?
- There are many ancillary fees attached to a club membership.
- Most upper scale country clubs require monthly food minimum consumptions. This is usually referred to as the restaurant fee.
- Some country clubs also bill for equipment storage and cart rentals
- Some residential country clubs require a home purchase. These country clubs are usually located within a neighborhood, and you must live in the neighborhood to be a part of the country club.
- Annual dues run into the thousands, ranging from $4,000 to as much as $15,000.
- Aside from golf, some may charge for other activities such as playing tennis, working out in the gym, swimming in or relaxing by pool, etc.
- Corporate fees can be more than the individual fees. If you would like all of the employees at your business to be able to enjoy the luxuries of a country club, it will cost you a lot of money.
Tips to know:
- Membership to a country club has many benefits, and using your membership to the fullest, such as maximizing use of amenities and establishing business networks, can prove to be most beneficial.
- Recommendation or sponsorship is the only way in for ultra-exclusive country clubs.
- Country clubs do not always have openings even if you have the money. Therefore, if you have your eye on a specific country club, be sure to check ahead of time before getting excited about joining one. You should call a while in advance and put your name on the waiting list.
- Some country clubs may not have the benefits that you want. Sometimes, they are not even worth joining. TaConnections.com has a nice write up on whether or not they are worth the massive investment.
Questions to ask
- How are new members taken in?
- What are your amenities?
- How much are the initiation fee, annual dues and other charges?
- How many guests am I entitled to bring?
How can I save money?
- Some clubs do offer programs such as the Young Executive Programs for individuals forty and below with significantly reduced fees. Be sure to ask about discounts if considering a country club.
- Like anything, call a few country clubs in your area that allow public memberships. Be sure to take a tour in person and ask a lot of questions before signing for your membership.