The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is one of those clubs that hold any information regarding their fees, benefits, and features almost completely secret. Their members are the only ones that know the insides of the club. Most of the information you will find about them online would be made from rumors and myths, with a really small part of everything you hear about the club coming from actual active members.
We don’t like basing our articles on guesses and rumors, so as you might have expected, we did find a couple of active members that gave us a peek into the club’s fees and features to justify the prices.
So read below about the latest Shinnecock Hills Golf Club membership fees and dues:
As with most exclusivist clubs, you won’t be able to apply for membership without first being invited by an active member and it will be really hard to find a member willing to invite you, considering that members will almost never be willing to admit to being a member.
You might also like our articles on the cost of becoming a member at the Austin Country Club, Chicago Golf Club, or Caves Valley Golf Club.
Most experts consider Shinnecock Hills Golf Club one of the most expensive, but also one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world. Big news outlets like Insider.com tried their best to find any piece of information about the initiation fee and failed.
Our sources have told us that the initiation fee will be within the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s not much of an information, but it is more than what all of the internet was able to find, so that makes us feel at least a little bit happy.
You will have to walk the course on your own, while also having to hire a caddie to help.
One of the oldest golf clubs
The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club was founded in 1891 and is known as the oldest incorporated golf club in the US. It is also one of the founding members of the US Golf Association, which governs professional golf tournaments in the US. Its clubhouse is the original one built in 1892, which makes it the oldest clubhouse in the US.
You might expect such an old club to have an old view and an antique tradition of not allowing women to join, but you should know that the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club was the first golf club in the US to allow women inside its walls as full, active members.
And it wasn’t something pushed closer to our times, to impress the public. This decision was made right after the club was founded.
This was a really bold move in 1891, one that some might even call revolutionary, especially considering that the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which granted American women the right to vote, was ratified as late as 1920.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and the US Open
The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club managed to host the well-known US Open a number of 5 times. One of the most notable tourneys hosted by this club was the 2nd US Open, held in 1896. This tourney is known for the participation of John Shippen, one of the few black professional players at that time. Shippen is even considered the very first professional golf player that was born in the US.
The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club also hosted the 1986, 1996, 2004, and the 2018 US Open tourneys. It is a known fact that this club will also host de US Open in 2026.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Rules
Among the very few things that The Shinnecock Hills Golf Club shares with the public are its general rules for guests.
For example, you won’t be able to play inside the club as a guest before being signed in by an active member. All guests will have to pay the green fee ticket before playing. The good news is that the green fee will be only $350, a lot less than what you’d find on most private courses, and on a few public courses as well.
As a guest, you won’t be able to use cash to pay inside the Clubhouse. You will have to sign the host member’s name.
If you want to use a mobile phone, you will only be allowed to do this inside a car in the parking lot or in the telephone room that you can find in the Clubhouse.
You will also have to be very careful about what you wear inside the golf club.
You can find more information about the club and its rules on the official website.