“You got on where?!” The sound of envy will delight the ears if you’re one of the lucky few to get into one of the world’s most coveted golf clubs where some players would hand over their souls for some tee time. As soon as you have the green light to hit the greens, make haste to charter a private jet to one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world.
Most Exclusive Golf Clubs in the World
Cypress Point | Pebble Beach, California
One of the top three golf courses in the world, Cypress Point only accepts 250 members onto its 18-hole, Alister MacKenzie-designed course on the Monterey peninsula. The course is revered for its series of three dramatic holes—15th, 16th and 17th—along the Pacific Ocean. Signature hole 16 requires a 231-yard tee shot over the Pacific to a mid-sized green guarded by bunkers. Cypress Point is so exclusive that it’s rumored that it once denied John F. Kennedy entry into its restaurant.
Golf de Morfontaine | Mortefontaine, France
Designed in the 19th century for Duc de Guiche’s personal use, Golf de Morfontaine features much of its original design today. The nine-hole, 6,001-meter Villière course became the property of its 450 members after the duke’s death, making it one of the most exclusive clubs in continental Europe.
National Golf Links of America | Southampton, New York
Founded in 1908, the prestigious National Golf Links of America on the Peconic Bay is 250 acres of rolling landscapes and 18 holes. Inspiring golf architects with its challenging features, the National is modeled after the best courses on the British Isles. Membership mostly stays within the families, many of whom turn out for the famed lobster lunch at the clubhouse.
Loch Lomond Golf Club |Luss, Scotland
Surrounding the Rossdhu Mansion estate, each hole at Loch Lomond graces players with panoramic views of the water and woodlands beyond. With a joining fee that’s rumored to be over $100,000 (USD), it is also notorious for being one of the most exclusive clubs in Europe. While the property is centuries old, the course and club were set up in the 1990s in the Pine Valley and Augusta National Tradition. Because many of the members are of the international sort—membership is organized around geographic regions—Loch Lamond is more of a “destination club” that’s to be enjoyed just a few times a year.
Augusta National Golf Club| Augusta, Georgia
Home of the Masters, Augusta National has about 300 members, including Warren Buffet, Bill Gates (who was denied membership for years for publically stating his desire to get in), and Southern socialites. Unlike other golf clubs, money won’t buy you a membership, despite reports of fees being as high as $55,000 per year. It’s all about who you know as membership is by invitation only.
Higashi Hirono Golf Club | Hyogo, Japan
Playing host to major Japanese championships, Hirono is considered one of the most important golf courses in the country and the standard on which other courses in Asia are measured. The club is extremely exclusive and intensely private. Its par three 13th hole is likened to Augusta’s famed 12th hole, Golden Bell, but is much more dramatic and natural. If you have a chance to play, finish the day in club’s hot tub; it’s tradition.