The 10 most expensive golf club memberships in the world

Do you do the weekly shop in Harrods? Does your butler have a butler? How big is your mooring in Monaco? We've found the golf courses for you...


Posted: 9 May 2013
by Charlie Lemay

It's common to hear golfers moaning about membership costs at their local club and there's no doubt about it - golf is expensive.

To make ourselves feel better we decided to research where the world's richest swing their wrenches and found the most expensive memberships on the planet.

Here is a list of the ten most breath-takingly expensive ways to play a round of golf. We've taken into account the cost of joining and then playing over five years.

Take a deep breath...

10. Archerfield –  East Lothian, Scotland: £11,150

An absence of old fashioned dress codes and petty rules sees a forward thinking club in a country full of tradition.

With a variety of accommodation on offer to accompany  two courses of the highest quality there is something for everyone and the relaxed atmosphere may help shave a few shots off your score.

9. The Madison Club – California, USA: £22,310

The 56,000 square foot clubhouse is decadent enough, but when you add a world-class golf course and spa to the mix you have something special.

Promoting itself as ‘the most exclusive private residential community in La Quinta’, the membership fees ensure only the financial elite can afford to bask in the Cali sunshine whilst navigating the immaculate course.

8. Yas Links – Abhu Dhabi: £22,310

The first links course in the Middle East Region, the club has a stunning backdrop of the Arubian Golf.

Located on Yas Island, the multi-billion dollar project owned by the country’s foremost property investor, it neighbours a Formula 1 Grand Prix track and a Ferrari World theme park.

Located  along the coastline, it offers five tee position on every hole and is the perfect harmony of natural views and man-made golf course.

7. Address Montgomerie - Dubai: £24,905

Accompanied by a 5* hotel, the Address Montgomerie is sheer luxury on and off the golf course.

The championship course covers 265 acres and is seen as one of the most desirable golfing destinations in the world.

The club’s mission is to maintain the golf course at a standard comparable to the best courses in the world and to cater to golfers from all corners of the globe. At that price, you'd expect nothing less


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How much does your club charge? Does it come close to any of the above?

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 17:37

£900 per year including £50 compulsory bar tab and SGA membership.

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 18:56

Who did the research for this, an 8 year old? 

 

 

You don't consider that many memberships in Japan, China,  Hong Kong , Taiwan, Australia, Russia, Malaysia, South Africa, parts of the USA,  are ' slightly'  more than  11 grand over five years...?

 

How about 3 clubs in Beijing charging 100k sterling joining fee for starters.  In Japan it can cost you about fifty quid to go to the range for an hour. 

How on earth can you be allowed to publish such lazy and un-researched rubbish?  

 

 

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 19:18

there seem to be a number of rather obvious gaps in this list...and beyond those I'm amazed that there are no Japanese courses listed.

Queenwood?

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 19:20

There is a thread on a 'forum that cannot be named' asking what you can get for USD4500 a year The general conclusion is that £3000 gets you very little indeed, almost nothing if you factor in entrance fees. In relative terms golf membership is incredibly cheap in comparison with the US, France (not sure about Spain) and oddly South Africa.

It seems that they value membership of a club and it is not done on the fee divided by number of rounds played value for money ratio that UK golfers have.

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 08:26

Lou B wrote (see)

Who did the research for this, an 8 year old? 

 

 

You don't consider that many memberships in Japan, China,  Hong Kong , Taiwan, Australia, Russia, Malaysia, South Africa, parts of the USA,  are ' slightly'  more than  11 grand over five years...?

 

How about 3 clubs in Beijing charging 100k sterling joining fee for starters.  In Japan it can cost you about fifty quid to go to the range for an hour. 

How on earth can you be allowed to publish such lazy and un-researched rubbish?  

 

 

Lou B, 

We looked at countries such as Japan, Hong Kong etc and it was extremely difficult to contact them to get a figure.

Many other websites ran similar features and their figures were hugely inflated. I only wanted to include clubs that were willing to give me their exact memebrship cost.

Of course, there were always going to be clubs that slipped under the radar or were unwilling to talk to me. We would be happy to hear any clubs you are aware of that should be on the list.

 

Charlie

 

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:25

Lou B you need to relax, firstly you may be 'Slightly' overestimating the research skills of an 8 year old. Secondly if you have managed to research the global costs of golf club membership to make an informed argument you should probably get another hobby or alternatively play a real life game of golf!

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 18:04

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