Fancy Atlanta country clubs: Guess how much they cost to join now

The view at one private country club in north Fulton, where leaders want to bring in more new members, particularly younger ones. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Remember that saying: If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it?

A sampling of 13 of the highest rated private clubs (out of nearly 80 in metro Atlanta) found the average initiation fee for full membership is just over $50,000, according to consulting firm Global Golf Advisors.

Don’t forget to add in dues and other mandatory fees and charges that average $680 a month at those local clubs.

So why does one Johns Creek country club — where a Home Depot co-founder is a member — want more regular people? Find out in the latest Unofficial Business column on

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