In today's post, we wanted take an opportunity to talk about the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, which is a private membership only club that includes golf, a fitness membership, and also a social membership.
If you want more information on the membership tiers and the 2023 fees, click the button at the bottom of this post to download the fee chart...
We've had a lot of questions about this recently, so we're going to dive into that in this video and explain each tier and also where things stand in terms of membership... the when, if and how much it would cost for you to join.
Where is the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club?
First, let's talk about what the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is, where it is, what it entails.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that it's a private golf club and membership club for the communities of Country Club and Country Club East ONLY, and that's not the case.
It is open for anyone to join.
What does the club offer?
There are three different golf courses. Two of them are in Country Club, which is considered the 'original' country club. Some people call it Country Club West.
And then we have one golf course within Country Club East.
You have 20 tennis courts, four pickleball courts, a 20,000 square foot fitness center, Eight lane Junior Olympic pool and one resort style pool as well.
There's fitness classes that are included in the membership.
In the Country Club East portion, there's an addition to the fitness where they built 16 additional pickleball courts, which is all the rage lately.
Total pickleball courts is 20...
16 in Country Club East
4 in Country Club.
And remember, you don't have to live in these communities in order to be able to join.
What are the Country Club Membership Levels?
So top tier, we have the Premier Golf membership.
The second tier, is the Sports membership,
and then there is the Social membership.
So you could do social only, you could do sports which would include the social, or you could do golf which includes all three; Golf, sports, social,
The social membership gives you access to the restaurants and the bars that are in both of the respective facilities.
In Country Club, they have their main facility, banquet Hall, restaurant Bar, cigar Room.
In Country Club East, we have The Lodge, which is the main restaurant and bar.
Both communities are gated, and if you join the membership, then you get a special fob that allows you to enter in and out of the gates to access the club.
How much does it cost to be a member?
Okay, now let's talk money, because this is the part that everybody's been asking.
What does it cost? How do you join? What does it take? Is there a wait list?
Premier Golf membership, which gives you access to all three courses, plus the fitness, plus the social... The initiation fee is $45,000.
It is a non-refundable initiation fee.
The monthly dues at this point as of 2023 are $973 a month for a family membership. Or, if you are a single person joining one person only, it would be $826 a month.
What you would need to do in order to get on the wait list for the golf membership as of right now?
You would put down half of the initiation fee. And it is non-refundable.
That puts you on the wait list. So we're talking about a little over $24,000 with the taxes and the fees.
Joining the second tier (Sports), which would get you the fitness and social membership, requires a $12,000 non-refundable initiation fee (plus tax).
The monthly dues for fitness/social are $315 for a family membership.
How does the wait list work?
So let's say you put yourself on the wait list for Golf and you put your $28,000 down...
... and you also say, "I want to join the sports and enjoy the social aspect as well"... So you pay $12,000 down to become a Sports member.
When your name on the Golf waitlist comes up, you will only owe the remainder of whatever you've already paid.
So it's, it's about $24,000 left for the final piece of that initiation fee.
If you're a member of the fitness and social, they're going to credit you the $12,000 towards that balance that you have already paid.
It's a nice setup so that if you join the fitness and then your time finally comes for golf, you're not double paying.
What about just the social membership?
Now the final tier is the social only membership, that also is on a wait list right now. That's about 34 people on that list.
The social membership just as it is, is $5,000 initiation non refundable, plus there's tax with that.
And then the monthly dues are $138 per family. There is no single membership, so that's it. It's $138 per household.
There are no minimum spends at the restaurants or the bars, and that's different from other clubs like say Esplanade or River Strand, where there are minimum spends to be a part of the membership.
For more information on the fees and membership tiers, download the forms here, or contact us with additional questions!
Things change often, so check back with us if you'd like a more up-to-date status on all this information!
Download the 2023 Member Rate Sheet Here.