How Much Does a Valhalla Golf Club Membership Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

The Valhalla Golf Club dream began in 1981 when Mr. Gahm and his three sons hired the services of Jack Nicklaus to design a championship course on the 483-acre rolling terrain of their Louisville, Kentucky property.

Opening for official play in 1986, the family aimed to host the PGA championship tournaments and negotiated with the PGA of America, resulting in the selling of 25% of the golf club to PGA. The first PGA tournament was played in 1996.

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How much does a Valhalla Golf Club membership cost?

The costs of joining the Valhalla Golf Club, as with most country clubs, will depend on the type of membership you sign up for.  From our research various third-party resources, to join the club, memberships are said to have a $50,000 initiation fee and annual fees exceed $5,000 — about $416 a month.  Use these fees as an estimate as they are not confirmed and can change at any given time.  If you’re interested in joining, we highly advise you check in with the club’s official membership department for more information in regards to pricing.

According to members on this Reddit.com thread, they claimed it can cost upwards of $50,000 to join and $5,000 a year after.  Caddy fees are around $75 while tipping the caddy can be about $100 depending on your personal preferences.

In the past, the Courier-Journal.com claimed the initiation fee was about $40,000.

Valhalla Golf Club overview

The 18-hole championship course expands more than 500 acres, stretching across the Kentucky rolling hills.  Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course is Audubon certified.  To take course tour, you can view official photos/videos hole by hole on the official website of the club.

Aside from the championship golf course, the club amenities include a well-appointed clubhouse, full-service locker room, fully stock golf shop, dining room, golf simulator rooms, a member’s only golf shop, half-way house, executive boardroom, a member’s only parking lot and a 15-acre practice tee, putting and chipping green area.

What are the extra costs?

Golf lessons, club rentals and caddy fees can all be additional costs to budget for.

Tips to know:

Members, although not confirmed, claim guests can play for free but will have to pay the mandatory $75 caddy fee and tip around $100.

Sources state the wait list is rather long.

The course was rated 99th on Golf Digest’s 2013-14 Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America and first in all of Kentucky.

The club can help with the upfront initiation fees, breaking it down into portions up to 10 years.


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