If you share Groucho Marx's view that you "don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member," then you'll probably still want to join these clubs. In every major city in the country there are elite private clubs where the super rich meet to talk to other super rich people without having to suffer people who aren't super rich. The entertainments and diversions at these clubs differ. Some clubs cater to golfers, others to foodies, others to whiskey aficionados. All of them share one thing in common: You've got to have a lot of money to get through the door. Not only do many of these clubs require hefty initiation fees, but yearly dues can run into the thousands of dollars.

Of course, not just anyone with money can get in. CEOs and senators often still need a sponsor to land a spot in these joints. It may seem ridiculous to spend the cost of a car or even a home to land a membership, but read through and the allure will become apparent. Many of the most powerful people in the country belong to these clubs. With membership comes power, and with power comes the chance to make even more money. From the secluded glades outside of San Francisco to the bustling streets of Midtown Manhattan, here are 25 Outrageously Expensive Social Clubs in America.

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