Golf is an extremely popular sport, but playing at the best, most exclusive clubs in the world comes with a price.
Whether it be business magnates like Bill Gates or celebrities like Sir Sean Connery, many of the rich-and-famous se are members of the most exclusive golf clubs around the world. Some memberships are by invite only, like Pine Valley in New Jersey (routinely ranked the No. 1 course in the United States), so it's difficult to know just what it takes to become a member. However, the initiation fee to join some of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world has been made public over the years. Here is a list of the top 5 most expensive golf memberships, many of which could be paid for with your winnings from a Masters bet.
5. Singapore Island Country Club, Singapore
A renowned and exclusive golf club in Singapore, its exquisite golf courses are known for being some of the best in the world. The membership includes excellent facilities and service. The club has approximately 7,800 Principal Members with a total membership of approximately 18,000.
Initiation fee: $41,700 (£35,000)
4. Fancourt – Western Cape, South Africa
A quality resort that includes not only world-class golf but also fine dining, real estate, spa and other similar services. The exclusive Links golf course has been voted as the No. 1 course in South Africa by Golf’s Digest, but you have to be a property owner to gain membership.
Initiation fee: $63,000 (£49,500)
3. Trump National Golf Club - New Jersey, USA
Trump National Golf Club is an ultimate luxury golf experience just an hour outside New York City. Its courses are not only ranked by Golf Digest but will host major championships. The club has several unique restaurants and hotels as well as a state-of-the-art golf academy.
Initiation fee: Approximately $188,000 (£148,000)
2. Bear’s Club – Florida, USA
The Bear’s Club is a private high quality golf club that provides its members with world-class golf. The club was founded in 1999 by Jack Nicklaus, who was looking to provide the finest golf experience in the world. There are not only amazing golf facilities but the club weaves through pricey real estate with astounding home sites.
Initiation fee: $201,000 (£160,000)
1. Liberty National – New Jersey, USA
Liberty National Golf Club looks to give members the highest quality service and facilities alike to the professionals. The course offers views of the Statue of Liberty and stuns with its beauty -- marking an amazing transformation of a former landfill. The club has fine dining, spa facilities and state-of-the-art fitness for its members. It is also now the host of the Presidents cup. The membership is kept extremely exclusive.
Initiation fee: $450,000 (£355,000)