The Masters aside, Augusta National is not your typical country club. The 300-some members are unusually tight lipped about what goes on, and only the Chairman can speak publicly about the organization.
Membership is by invitation only, and stories over the years have surfaced that even publicly campaigning for a membership can deep six your chances (so I hereby declare that I am not campaigning for membership).
Annual dues are thought to be low. Anonymous members have reported annual does to be somewhere between “a few thousand” and “in the low five figures.” It’s widely reported that they’re less than $10,000 a year. And that make sense. The club makes millions from the Masters.
Augusta does not have female members, but unlike, say, the Burning Tree Club in Bethesda, Maryland, women are allowed to play. Augusta accepted its first black member in 1990. Anonymous Augusta insiders have said that the club will extend an invitation to a woman in the future, but will not be pressured into doing so.
Notable current members include:
Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft
Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
James D. Robinson III, former CEO of American Express
Harold “Red” Poling, former CEO of the Ford Motor Company
Carl Sanders, former Governor of Georgia
Sam Nunn, former United States Senator from Georgia
T. Boone Pickens, Jr., oil tycoon
Hugh L. McColl Jr., Former CEO of Bank of America
Lou Holtz former College Football coach
Steve Spurrier, current head football coach at the University of South Carolina
Lynn Swann, former NFL player
Pat Haden, former NFL player and current athletic director at the University of Southern California