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Best of the World 2018

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San Francisco Golf Club, California Olympic nearby may better known since it hosts the U.S. Open, but SFGC, home to one of A.W. Tillinghast's finest courses, is the city's top prize. Deepdale Golf Club, New York The closest club of any significance to New York City. Come during any weekday in peak season and there will not be more than six golfers on the course. Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia The exclusionary rule for women is finally over, but for those not among the 50 most prominent families of Southern aristocracy or a Fortune 100 CEO, consider yourself still outside the ropes. Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland With a clubhouse only 10 paces from the first tee of the Old Course, the membership roster of the R&A is a who's who in golf around the world. Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania Even through its respite as a part of the U.S. Open rotation, it remained the center of the Philadelphia social scene. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Scotland The oldest golf club in the world. It is by far the most presstigious and difficult club to join of any in Britain. Pine Valley Golf Club, New Jersey As one would expect, the club which is home to perhaps the #1 golf course in the world has many who wish to join. Swinley Forest Golf Club, England A club for the lingering aristocracy in England, it has a close association with the Royal Family. The Country Club, Massachusetts America's first great country club and bastion to the Boston Brahmins. Its prestige has been boosted by its ties to American golf folklore—Francis Quimet's U.S. Open victory in 1913. Tokyo Golf Club, Japan In a culture obsessed with golf, the club probably has more people who would like to join than any other on earth. Chicago Golf Club, Illinois The first club of any significance in the Midwest, the club has its ties to the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age. Sunningdale Golf Club, England In the posh suburbs to the southwest of London, the club has a prestige enhanced by its two classical heathland courses, the Old and the New. Royal Liverpool Golf Club, England Known as "The Royal" in the Liverpool area, the club has more members of the R&A than any other club in England. The River Club, South Africa In the wealthy neighborhood of Johannesburg, it is the only club in all of South Africa which visitors cannot play. Seminole Golf Club, Florida The winter retreat for serious golfers— the club has more past Chairmans of the USGA than anywhere else. Royal Sydney Golf Club, Australia For such an egalitarian country, this club is one of the very few in Australia to embrace the British Empire's predilection for exclusivity. Fishers Island Club, New York The club is unapproachable. Like a medieval castle, it has the added buffer of a moat, in the form of Long Island Sound. Garden City Men's Club, New York An all men's club whose fashionable old course is technically an extension of the lockerroom. Here, a member could play without a shirt and not offend anyone. Jupiter Island Club, Florida A small, secluded club hidden amongst the tax-shelter mansions. The club is popular among families whose patriarch plays his serious golf at Seminole. Golf de Chantilly, France To the north of Paris, it is known as much for its great golf as it is for the famed architecture of its chateau and stables. Cypress Point Club, California With half its members living east of the Mississippi, it is the West Coast version of Seminole—a bastion of movers and shakers. Sankety Head Golf Club, Massachussetts On the eastern end of Nantucket, it has become so difficult to join that even the children of members are shut out. Toronto Golf Club, Canada One of Canada's leading memberships in the suburbs of its largest city—home to a graceful Harry Colt course. Chevy Chase Club, Maryland Located in the Bethesda suburb of Washington D.C., the club once excluded any "persons engaged in trade." Los Angeles Country Club, California A club which wants nothing to do with Hollywood. The one exception was Ronald Reagan—but then, he had other interests. National Golf Links of America, New York The name says it all. Home to the first real 18-hole golf course in the country. Alwoodley Golf Club, England On the northern edge of Leeds, the club has as its motto "No common man has ever tread this turf." Peachtree Golf Club, Georgia The home to Atlanta's old money. Bobby Jones belonged to the club later in his life—and also had a hand in its design. spectator The most exclusive clubs in golf Locked and Loaded

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