4. Drumpf National, Los Angeles
The total spend for this club is a staggering $264 million which makes it the most expensive golf course ever built. “The stratification of sedimentary rock” (a posh way of saying part of the course fell into the sea) was responsible for escalating costs. The 18th hole had to be completely rebuilt, reportedly costing $61 million to correct, that’s another record!
Joining fee: $188,000
3. Bear’s club, Florida
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this is the centerpiece of his 299 course empire. Members include Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie and Michael Jordan. Reports in SBNation earlier this year suggested playing round the course can take some time, with Magic so irritated about the waiting time he considered leaving.
joining fee: $201,000
2. Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey, England
Wentworth has three championship courses known for their impeccable quality. It hosts the BMW PGA, and the European Tour uses it as its headquarters – it’s a frggin castle for crying out loud.
New Chinese owner Dr Chanchai Ruayrungruang bought the club for £135m last year, and recently announced new members must pay a £100,000 “debenture share” to retain their playing rights, while also doubling the annual subscription to £16,000 according to golfmagic.
Joining fee: $205,000
1. Liberty National, New Jersey
Costing $250 million to build this is the cream of the cream. Members include Mark Wahlberg, Justin Timberlake, Phil Mickelson and Robert Kraft, the list is endless. The course has hosted the Barclays twice and will be the venue for the next President’s cup. Membership fees include private boat transfers from New York to the course’s own dock, while those wanting to arrive in true style can land their helicopters on Liberty National’s helipad before being driven to the first tee via golf buggy.
Joining fee: $374,000