While some golf clubs around the world open their doors to as many golfers as possible, one exclusive golf club is planning to make its barriers to entry even greater.
Wentworth Club, known as the unofficial birthplace of the Ryder Cup and an important locale in the history of golf, plans to slim down its membership via high increases in membership dues, according to a Daily Mail report Sunday.
New owner Dr. Chanchai Ruayrungruang reportedly has plans to up yearly membership dues from £8,000 to £80,000 to slim the crowd of 3,000 to just 250. (Ruayrungruang ‘s net worth is approximately $2 billion.) At that point, they will add “ultra high net worth” members, expecting as many as 600 new individuals to join the club.
The existing membership is expected to hear of Ruayrungruang’s plans Tuesday. As the Daily Mail reports, many of them will be displeased. Reknowned broadcaster Peter Alliss likely had the most telling quote:
“I don’t know if they’re bringing an Asian philosophy to Britain. I believe, rather old-fashionedly, if you have a wonderful restaurant with the best chef around, it’s no good if you’re only doing ten dinners a week.”