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How do you join a private golf club?

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I live in a very exclusive and wealthy area in New York and it seems that all of the golf clubs are very private (Westchester, Brae Burn, Winged Foot) and cost upwards of $100,000 to join.

Does anyone know a list somewhere of private clubs in the $20,000-30,000 to join?
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my club in perth is like a 10,000 nomination fee, but 30,000, gee i'd hate to live in new york. although you probably love it as much as i love perth
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I live in a very exclusive and wealthy area in New York and it seems that all of the golf clubs are very private (Westchester, Brae Burn, Winged Foot) and cost upwards of $100,000 to join.

How do you join a private club? a: Walk in there and say "hey ova hee, my name is ____, you mighta heard of me. Anyways, how do I join this dump?" Someone should be right with you.
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$10000-$30000 still seems like a ridiculous amount of money to pay as a joining fee.

where i live, £1000 joining fee is considered expensive.
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$10000-$30000 still seems like a ridiculous amount of money to pay as a joining fee.

it's crazy how much country clubs are over here.

Also DO NOT FORGET that in addition to your initiation fee, you must spend a certain amount of $ on events, dining, etc. Of course the more exclusive the club, the more the association dues are. As for joining, you can do a lot of it online. Just search for golf clubs/country clubs in your respective area. I'll tell you that the 2 nicest courses I got to play in your area were New York Country Club which is right across the tap from you. Westchester's OK. Winged Foot is really ASS b/c they treat you like sh**. They guy heard me say that it was my 1st year playing last year and then said he didn't think I should be playing on a Saturday unless I provided them with my handicap card. At the time, I didn't have 1. They didn't greet me well. I heard a few of the staff people have remarks like: what the hell is he doing here, or he shouldn't even be here. Sorry I don't tuck my polo into my shorts when it's 95 degrees outside, but c'mon. So at the end of this all, winged foot can suck it. But NY Country Club's really nice, and reasonable. But, you're just a bridge away from Bethpage and golf out in long island where i think the public courses and semi-private courses give you the best bang for the buck and a better playing experience minus the $30k that you have to lay down each year in the dining room and bar
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One country club in my area, considered to be quite 'exclusive', has a joining fee of around £700, which is higher than the norm for my area.

I would hazard a guess that some of the members at the ultra exclusive clubs have 'all the gear and no idea'. Just a load of bloated fat cats who can't even break 90!
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Step 1: Open wallet
Step 2: Bend over

Even at $20-30K, I can't see how you can possibly get even 1/4 of that money's worth. JMHO.
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20 to 30 K to join is CHEAP.

Westchester Country Club is $100,000. Scarsdale Country Club is $250,000. Then, you're paying about $20,000 PER YEAR in upkeep fees on top of that.

I have NO IDEA what Winged Foot, Brae Burn or Century Club cost but they're all in the same range.

To find a club that costs $20,000-30,000 to join is still going to carry about a $7500 annual fee. Hollow Brook Golf & Country Club in Cortland Manor, NY is an example of a club like this but it's too far from me to make an investment to join.
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unless yo u have a 7 figure salary, i don't see how anyone can warrant paying $10000+/year for golf membership. If you need to ask, you definitely can't afford it. eg- if you need to ask how much it costs to service a Lamborghini, you can't afford it. Learn to play before shelling out massive amounts of money.
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If you can play every day I don't consider a $2K fee up front plus $2K per year to be exorbitant. Especially at a private club like mine which is mostly deserted. No tee times necessary just walk up and flail away. Due to the recession they have lost quite a few members and have to advertise.
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I would hazard a guess that some of the members at the ultra exclusive clubs have 'all the gear and no idea'. Just a load of bloated fat cats who can't even break 90!

That seems to me to be the observation of a man who cant afford the $100k rather than a man who can break 90 . I played winged foot last year and shot 94 which given that it is the hardest course I have ever played I was bloody chuffed with . Would I pay $100k to be a member if I lived near NY you bet your backside I would.

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it's crazy how much country clubs are over here.

Also DO NOT FORGET that in addition to your initiation fee, you must spend a certain amount of $ on events, dining, etc. Of course the more exclusive the club, the more the association dues are. As for joining, you can do a lot of it online. Just search for golf clubs/country clubs in your respective area. I'll tell you that the 2 nicest courses I got to play in your area were New York Country Club which is right across the tap from you. Westchester's OK. Winged Foot is really ASS b/c they treat you like sh**. They guy heard me say that it was my 1st year playing last year and then said he didn't think I should be playing on a Saturday unless I provided them with my handicap card. At the time, I didn't have 1. They didn't greet me well. I heard a few of the staff people have remarks like: what the hell is he doing here, or he shouldn't even be here. Sorry I don't tuck my polo into my shorts when it's 95 degrees outside, but c'mon. So at the end of this all, winged foot can suck it. But NY Country Club's really nice, and reasonable. But, you're just a bridge away from Bethpage and golf out in long island where i think the public courses and semi-private courses give you the best bang for the buck and a better playing experience minus the $30k that you have to lay down each year in the dining room and bar

Perhaps you would have had a different experience at Winged Foot if you had respected their dress code and tucked in your shirt.  You tend to pick up on certain aspects of decorum and etiquette when you've been playing for more than a year.  I'm sure there are plenty of expensive clubs that will cater to boorish guests, but you don't typically find it at the top tier clubs that have been around more than 100 years...

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What an odd thread to revive. And to bash someone who doesn't even post here anymore.
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Originally Posted by jamo

What an odd thread to revive. And to bash someone who doesn't even post here anymore.

Give him a break the thread is only...5 years old.

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Perhaps you would have had a different experience at Winged Foot if you had respected their dress code and tucked in your shirt.  You tend to pick up on certain aspects of decorum and etiquette when you've been playing for more than a year.  I'm sure there are plenty of expensive clubs that will cater to boorish guests, but you don't typically find it at the top tier clubs that have been around more than 100 years...

Can't wait to see if your second post is as thoughtful, and timely as your first.....

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I live in a very exclusive and wealthy area in New York and it seems that all of the golf clubs are very private (Westchester, Brae Burn, Winged Foot) and cost upwards of $100,000 to join.

How do you join a private club? a: Walk in there and say "hey ova hee, my name is ____, you mighta heard of me. Anyways, how do I join this dump?" Someone should be right with you.

Hey Wang, I heard this place is exclusive, so don't tell them you're jewish, okay?  Fine.

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