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Old 01-08-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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This is really just out of idle curiosity-- anyone know how much initiation fees are at the St. Louis area country clubs? Moving down from Chicago where they can be in the six figures (which is laughably out of my budget!), but grew up in southern Illinois where they were less than 5k. Just wondered where in the middle of those two St. Louis falls!
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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My understanding is that they vary greatly--I'm pretty sure there are six-figure clubs around here, but I also know there were clubs that were hurting badly a few years ago with the recession, and were waiving initiation fees--many of my husband's co-workers considered/did join at that point.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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This is really just out of idle curiosity-- anyone know how much initiation fees are at the St. Louis area country clubs? Moving down from Chicago where they can be in the six figures (which is laughably out of my budget!), but grew up in southern Illinois where they were less than 5k. Just wondered where in the middle of those two St. Louis falls!
What are you looking for?

Are you looking to "rub shoulders" with St. Louis's version of high society? If so, the cost can be pretty similar to Chicago and that depends on whether you even have the connections to gain membership.

Are you looking to play golf on a daily/weekly/monthly bases or are you looking to play tennis?

Or are you just looking for a place where you can have a "social membership" where you will have access to the clubhouse which is great if you plan to entertain clients.

I would agree with billiken that now is the time to join a country club as a lot of the clubs are fairly desperate for new memberships in order to cover the fixed costs (and to avoid special assessments).

Make sure that you understand the fully loaded costs of memberships. Some of the clubs have some pretty hefty minimum requirements each month for food and beverage.
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