10 Expensive Membership Dues in the U.S.

How much would you spend on a golf membership? Well, if you had any intention of joining some of America’s finest clubs, you better pony up. Here are 10 of the most expensive membership dues in the U.S.

Please note: all dues are estimates based on various sources. 

National Golf Links of America

Estimated Dues: $75,000 plus (Initiation Fee)

Opened in 1911, this C.B. Macdonald design is one of the older golf courses found in the exclusive Hamptons area of Long Island, New York (South Hampton to be exact). According to Links magazine, initiation fees at clubs like the National are “relatively low, less than $75,000” although other reports put the joining fee as high as $575,000.

“If you’re not a blue-blood, related to a blue-blood, or service the blue-bloods’ financial, charitable and social trusts, even an unlimited checkbook won’t help,” the magazine said.

Again, this is talking just about the initiation fee wich is separate from annual dues and anything else the club may charge for. 

Medalist Golf Club


The 18th at Medalist. The Championship tees are 7571, brutally long!

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Estimated Dues: $110,000

Medalist Golf Club is home to multiple professional golfers and is located in Hobe Sound, Florida. Designed by Greg Norman, Pete Dye, and Bobby Weed, this pristine track offers awesome views and a tough test for every skill level, especially from the Tiger tees (yes, that Tiger) which stretches it to 7,571 yards. Estimated dues are said to be around $110,000. Check it out.

The Bear’s Club

Estimated Dues: $115,000

Founded by the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus, and his wife Barbara, the appropriately named Bear’s Club is an exclusive club in Jupiter, Florida which several Tour players call home. It offers a five-star country club experience with amenities and dining catered to basically every one of your needs. Plus the real estate in the surrounding area is as good as it gets in golf. Check it out.

Sherwood Country Club

Estimated Dues: $160,000-$200,000 (Initiation); $7,300 (Annual)

Sherwood Country Club is another Jack Nicklaus designed course located in Thousand Oaks, California. It boasts around 475 members some of which included Hollywood’s finest. As opposed to some other clubs, Sherwood welcomes celebrities. In fact, a few of their past and present members include Sean Connery, Wayne Gretzky, and Sylvester Stallone. Tiger Woods hold the course record when he shot 62 back in 1997 and then again in 2013. Check it out.

Trump National Los Angeles

Estimated Dues: $193,000

President Donald Trump has his name on this spectacular piece of property located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With three world-class restaurants and unmatched service, a Trump National Los Angeles membership is a steal at just under an estimated $200,000. Check it out.

Hillcrest Country Club

Estimated Dues: $185,000-$275,000

The pristine fairways and greens combined with its top-of-the-line amenities and convenient Los Angeles, California location make Hillcrest Country Club a prime option for celebrities and people who could afford dues in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It sits across from Fox Studios and was home to Groucho Marx, even though he once famously proclaimed that he would not want to be a member of any club willing to have him as a member. Check it out.

The Madison Club

Estimated Dues: $250,000

The Madison Club promotes itself as “the most exclusive private residential community in La Quinta,” for good reason. Besides boasting some of the most beautiful real-estate in the country, it offers the ultimate country club experience thanks in part to a 56,000 square foot clubhouse. Dues are estimated to be close to a quarter of a million dollars. Check it out.

Loblolly Pines Golf Club


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Estimated Dues: $275,000

Money works in most situations, but you need to be sponsored by a member to join this uber-exclusive club located in Hobe Sound, Florida. In addition to the spectacular Pete and J.B. Dye designed golf course, the club boasts a world-class spa, it’s own marina, and of course, some fabulous real estate. Check it out.

Big Horn Golf Club


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Estimated Dues: $325,000 (Initiation Fee)

Located in Palm Desert, California this residential golf community requires you to live on the property to even think about having a membership. “Bighorn’s stunning terrain and history-making tournament play have made the Arthur Hills-designed Mountains and the Tom Fazio-designed Canyons courses two of golf’s most legendary 18’s,” the club’s website says. For an estimated initiation fee of $325,000, we sure hope so. Check it out

Liberty National Golf Club

Estimated Dues: $500,000

Liberty National Golf Club boasts an absurd $500,000 in estimated dues to belong here. Located in Jersey City with exclusive views of New York City and Statue of Liberty, it makes it makes it one of the desirable memberships around. It’s played host to the Northern Trust (formerly The Barclays), the FedEx Cup’s first playoff event, and will host the 2017 Presidents Cup. Check it out.