It Pays to Be Young
Local Country Clubs offer incentives to younger applicants
If you think country clubs are geared towards retired old men then you are living in the past. Many of the private clubs in our area recognize that they need to attract younger members to survive. If you are in your thirties, it’s a buyer’s market for a private club membership. There may still be a handful of super exclusive clubs in Greenwich that continue to have wait lists and three-figure initiation fees, but more often than not, private clubs are extending incentives to younger members.
By definition, private clubs are exclusive and unless you know a member, or two, you can’t gain entrance, let alone find out what the financial cost is to join. Despite numerous calls, we were only able to find two local country clubs that would share information with us on the incentives that they offer younger members. But if you are interested in other clubs in town, don’t simply assume that they might be out of your price range, it’s worth asking a friend who is a member or calling the General Manager or Membership Director to inquire if there are any incentives for younger members.
The Milbrook Club has everything you would want out of a private country club – golf, tennis, swimming and fine dining – but what distinguishes this club from others in our area is that it puts families first. General Manager, Scott Kloster likes to say that “children are not only seen at Milbrook, they are heard.” The club prides itself on having a small, intimate atmosphere that feels collegiate and casual. Any preconceptions you might have about a country club being stuffy and formal do not apply here.
Given that their membership is sporty and young, it makes sense that Milbrook is looking to continue to attract younger generations to their club. Milbrook offers prospective members under 35 an intermediate membership, which means that they are responsible for just 50% of the regular initiation fee and 50% of the annual dues. If you’re below 30 the deal is even sweeter, 25% of the regular initiation fee and 25% of the dues.
Further north, tucked away in the scenic hills of Wilton, is Rolling Hills Country Club, which also boasts a younger than average membership and club amenities and programs that are specifically geared towards families. Kids can get a jump start on golf, tennis, swimming and an array of other sports at summer camp, interclubs or after school clinics. Parents and children alike look forward to Fridays for “Kids Night Out” when children get their very own kid-friendly dinner in the Youth Activities Room, where they can play Wii, foosball and ping pong with friends and counselors are on hand for crafts projects and games. Meanwhile, RHCC parents like to take advantage of the break of an adult-only dinner upstairs.
Rolling Hills appreciates that new members, especially younger ones, are vital to the continued financial health of its club. To that end, they offer a special “under 40” incentive for new golf members that shaves $10,000 off of the regular golf initiation fee.
You may not think that you’re a “country club type” but if you are active, enjoy sports, dining, and quality time with family and friends, then chances are you would fit right in at one of the many private clubs in town. And if you’re lucky enough to be under 40, it will probably be a whole lot easier on your bank account.