Venerable Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, loosened its dress-code policies this past summer, finally allowing male members to wear shorts. But nearby in the Garden State, the slacks-only policy remains in force at Baltusrol Golf Club. Other holdouts include L.A. Country Club, Bel-Air, Cypress Point and Caves Valley, outside of Baltimore, host of the 2002 U.S. Senior Open but a relative arriviste compared with the aforementioned stalwarts of the golf establishment.
Raymond Floyd and his wife, Maria, have been very hands-on in all phases of design—down to architectural details and fabric selection—at the ultraexclusive Old Palm Golf Club (561-493-7220), a Floyd Signature course, private club and community being created in Palm Beach County. It's set to debut in the first quarter of 2004 and will offer, among other amenities, a full caddie program. The director of golf can give Floyd, who has been named "honorary club chairman," a run for his money: Bruce Zabriski is a former PGA Tour pro and the only five-time PGA Club Professional Player of the Year. Zabriski's work pedigree is equally as impressive: ex-Westchester Country Club and Winged Foot assistant pro and the ex-head pro at Trump International Golf Club in nearby West Palm Beach.
• Forsgate Country Club (Charles Banks, 1931), Monroe Township, NJ; 732-656-8926; $12,500
• Gallery Golf Club (Tom Lehman and John Fought, 1998), Marana, AZ; 520-744-2555; $55,000
• Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa (Jack Nicklaus, 2003), Jupiter, FL; 561-514-6024; $225,000 initiation fee
• Sagamore Club (Jack Nicklaus, 2003), Noblesville, IN; 317-776-2000; $42,000 initiation fee
• Woodyard at Savannah Quarters (Bob Cupp, 2001), Savannah, GA; 912-450-2280; $20,000 initiation fee
The 265 future members of the Golf Club of Scottsdale, which broke ground this winter, will each have plunked down a $200,000 initiation deposit and then $850 a month in dues. What they're getting is location, location, location—the club is set in the popular, tony northeast corridor of the Valley of the Sun, just east of Troon North—as well as a course combining the design talents of Jay Morrish and Dick Bailey. For information, call 480-443-8868.
Memberships at Trump National Golf Club (908-470-4400) in Bedminster, New Jersey, which is being built on the site of John DeLorean's former estate, are going for $150,000. Don't expect fees to stay at that level for long. Never mind his penchant for hyperbole: If the Donald's track record is any indication, the membership price and desirability of this Tom Fazio design will double in time for the club's planned opening in 2004 . . . While not the most famous layouts on the Monterey Peninsula, the Dunes and Shore courses of Monterey Peninsula Country Club (831-373-1556) may be the area's best-kept secrets. Rees Jones renovated the Dunes a few years back; work on the Shore, with Mike Strantz at the helm, started in February. Strantz is best known for his wild and woolly solo creations like Tobacco Road in Sanford, North Carolina, but not to worry—his charge here is just an old-fashioned restoration. It's quite a plum assignment. Trust us: MPCC's $200,000 membership fee and four-year waiting list are well worth it . . . The ACE Club (610-940-4796) outside of Philadelphia is starting to make a buzz. An upscale private club being marketed to corporate members (but not exclusively to them), with bold design features and playing over 7,500 yards from the tips on 270 acres of rolling country, it's said to be Gary Player's best design yet. The course is being built on the site of what was once Eagle Lodge Golf Club, a Rees Jones redesign, with eighty-five more undeveloped acres made available to expand the site's possibilities.