Tom Brady & Gisele might be refused entry into exclusive Boston country club

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are arguably two of Boston’s most famous residents. They are rich, they are famous, they are beloved. But none of that is enough to get Tom and Gisele into an uber-exclusive country club, obviously called The Country Club. Personally, I’ve never understood the appeal of country clubs, but that’s probably because I am a mere peasant. The only reason I would ever join any kind of club like that is for access to a great pool, but even then… probably not. And it’s not like this kind of country club would even want me – I’m half-Indian, non-religious and a single woman. That’s about at the same level as an African-American Jewish person as far country clubs go.

Just how exclusive is The Country Club in Brookline? We’re about to find out. Word around the club’s meticulously manicured grounds is that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, whose mansion is just an errant tee shot away, would like to join. But it’s not clear if the club famous for understatement and insularity will accept the glamorous power couple as members.

Why? Because the 133-year-old institution prizes privacy and discretion above all else. And Brady and Bundchen, trailed as they often are by paparazzi, and occasionally controversy, attract the sort of attention abhorred by the multimillionaires who belong to the primrose playground on Clyde Street in Chestnut Hill.

“I don’t know what they’ll do about Brady,” said a prominent Boston businessperson who is amused by the club’s predicament. Like any bastion of Brahmin privilege, “The Country Club believes your name should appear in the newspaper just two times: When you’re born and when you die.”

Two members of the club, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the couple’s application but say a decision is not imminent.

“When it comes to issues related to members or membership, it’s our policy not to comment,” said David Chag, the general manager of The Country Club and de facto spokesman. “It’s a private club, and we don’t answer those kinds of questions….When it comes to issues related to members or membership, it’s our policy not to comment.”

The club has a well-deserved reputation for being exclusive — some would say exclusionary — when it comes to its members. Consider this: No Jews were admitted until the 1970s, no women (as full members) until 1989, and no blacks until 1994. In his memoir, “A Reason To Believe,’’ former governor Deval Patrick revealed that he and his wife, Diane, were rejected — “blackballed,’’ he wrote — by The Country Club.

According to the club’s website, TCC currently has 1,300 members, but good luck trying to get the list of names. That’s privileged information safeguarded by the club like the United States protects its nuclear codes. As ever, it seems the first rule of The Country Club is: Do not talk about The Country Club.

“It’s really about who you are. Do you have good values?” one member said. “It’s that old New England mentality.”

Members say Brady and Bundchen, who live in a new multimillion-dollar home they built near Pine Manor College, are being treated like any other applicants. Their enormous wealth — she’s worth $320 million, according to Forbes, and he’s not far behind — is irrelevant, members insist. And Brady’s status as a local hero with four Super Bowl rings is also meaningless when it comes to admission. What may work against the couple, members say, is the media frenzy following Brady in the aftermath of Deflategate.

[From Boston Globe]

The Boston Globe says that some members understand that they need to start bringing in some newer blood because the average age for members is, like, in the 60s and 70s. Here’s my question though: how many years does Tom Brady really have left in the NFL? He’s 37 – let’s say he has three good years left. After the Patriots are done with him, will the Bunchen-Bradys even stay in Boston? Or will they decamp to NYC, LA or somewhere else? I’m just saying, this fight to be “included” could all be for naught long-term.

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  1. blue marie says:

    Oh please, any country club would be foaming at the mouth to get them as members.

    • Kitten says:

      Seriously. I don’t GAF how “exclusive” you claim to be.

    • Pedro45 says:

      Not this one. It’s genuinely one of the few old Brahmin relics left in Boston and they take it very seriously. It’s dumb, but that’s the way it is.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Basically, if the person has been in the newspapers in the past five years, he or she isn’t getting accepted.

      • Jegede says:

        @Pedro45

        Was it not the Brahmin set who snubbed the Kennedys back in the day as well?

        I can believe this.

      • Kitten says:

        I completely get that. But dude, if they refuse Brady membership I will eat my beige booty shorts.

      • Kitten says:

        I just read that they rejected Deval Patrick and his wife’s applications?

        Although I have to wonder if that is because of something other than the fact that he’s high-profile….

      • Pedro45 says:

        @jagede,
        Yup. There was still a lot of prejudice in Boston against Irish Catholics. Old Joe Kennedy had plenty of money to buy his way in (and a Harvard degree and a wife who was a mayor’s daughter) but he still wasn’t one of them.

      • QQ says:

        Thanks you guys, I just spent an entire hour of my life and workday intently reading about Boston Brahmins and what would and wouldn’t do, Now as a brown, woman, foreigner I know entirely too much about the Upper Crust of the East Coast Establishment

        …whilst high as shit

      • GPSB says:

        The Country Club is not swayed by celebrity and not everyone thinks that Tom Brady is the bees knees.

      • Kitten says:

        Aw, QQ, I’m sorry, man.

        Brahmin shit is like the ultimate buzz-kill too.

      • Dhavynia says:

        I can picture the members being like the Duke brothers from Trading Places..no thanks!

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Yup – this is “old” money versus “new” money.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        They would still snub the Kennedys. Plenty of them have presidents in their family tree so that would make no difference and Jack stole the Senate seat from them.

      • laura in LA says:

        Haha, Pedro45, you got that right…

        The Country Club in Brookline is so snooty, and it’s not even all that great! And besides, are there really any Brahmins left in Boston?

        True story: Years ago, I was a swim coach for a small community pool, and we agreed to a meet there, but I’ll never forget how rude they were to us, like not allowing our kids to visit their snack bar, which wasn’t all that great either.

        Did I mention it’s really not all that great? It was funny being there – in that it reminded me of Caddyshack.

        Seriously, though, this exclusivity made me feel what it might be like to be a non-white person in this society, that’s how “segregated” the place felt.

      • Liberty says:

        Laura in LA, I agree and am laughing at the Caddyshack reference. When I lived in Boston, I went to the Country Club a couple of times with guys I was dating whose families belong. Stiff. I liked Myopia much better. The polo followers were fun, the dining room relaxing.

    • What was that says:

      Could you please explain Brahim? Is it like aristocracy?Old money WASP’s?
      I am from the U.K…it is quite funny to hear when so many accuse the Brits of class when it seems the same elsewhere ,just money counts ,but I am curious!!
      is it like the southern daughters of the revolution,where you have to have roots going back to the 17Century?

      • Wren33 says:

        Yes, you pretty much nailed it. Old money WASPs who have roots that go back to the 17th century. Boston blue bloods.

      • Kitten says:

        Old blue blood shit. Upper-crust, Harvard, etc.

        It is similar to the Daughter of The American Revolution (Gilmore Girls!) in the sense that Brahmin are descendants of English colonists.

        So a bunch of pilgrims basically..lol

      • What was that says:

        Thanks Wren33,
        You know even in gossip you can learn something new every day!!

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        basically a few crumbs held together by a lot of dough

      • What was that says:

        Thanks kitten and BooBooLaRue..and a good pun too!!…

      • QQ says:

        “A Boston Brahmin is a member of Boston’s traditional upper class. Members of this class are characterized by their highly discreet and inconspicuous lifestyle. Members of Boston’s Brahmin class form an integral part of the historic core of the East Coast establishment, and are often associated with the distinctive Boston Brahmin accent, Harvard University, and traditional Anglo-American customs and clothing. Descendants of the earliest English colonists, such as those who came to America on the Mayflower or the Arbella, are often considered to be the most representative of the Boston Brahmins.[citation needed]

        The term was coined by the physician and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., in an 1860 article in the Atlantic Monthly.[1] The term Brahmin refers to the highest ranking caste of people in the traditional Hindu system of castes. In the United States, it has been applied to the old, wealthy New England families of British Protestant origin which were influential in the development of American institutions and culture. The term effectively underscores the strong conviction of the New England gentry that they were a people set apart by destiny to guide the American experiment as their ancestors had played a leading role in founding it. The term also serves to illustrate the erudite and exclusive nature of the New England gentry as perceived by outsiders, and may also refer to their interest in Eastern religions, fostered perhaps by the impact in the 19th century of the transcendentalist writings of New England literary icons as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, and the enlightened appeal of Universalist Unitarian movements of the same period.”

        Very very Hush Hush, noblesse oblique and whatnot

        It’s kind of nuts and fascinating to an outsider cause these are not fully the type to “pull yourself by the bootstraps” Republican types but it’s stunning when you follow the family trees of these what? 12-13 Families and how much POWER by sheer amts of Money/Political clout/education/arts/court system/senate these folks have wielded in U.S. History, like the starting line for everyone else is the probably the 8th-10th generation for these folks?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        People whose families came over on the Mayflower or founded Boston in the early 17th century. Very old, dusty money. Names straight out of a Revolutionary war history book.

      • What was that says:

        Thanks QQ and Lilacflowers..a very full explanation and interesting too..wheels within wheels….

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @QQ, yes. Athough very few of them actually live within the city or have lived within the city for decades. They may retain some property around Beacon Hill or the Back Bay but they’re mostly out in the old suburbs.

        As for Republican, yes, many of them are, but definitely no bootstraps have been pulled and they’re old guard New England Republican, which means they don’t tend to go on about family values or try to legislate how people live their lives or care what you do in your bedroom. For the most part, they’re all about the money, trading, and business.

      • What was that says:

        Lilacflowers it’s like the Conservatives,or Tory party old style ..it must be frustrating for these people to have the Tea Party ,ironic name,take over and almost take their beloved party and trash it…
        I can’t see the Fox News type we sometimes see here get and entre to the Country Club..!!..
        Here would be called the County Set,shooting ,fishing and hunting( with hounds,currently illegal) but Cameron now fully in power wants to bring that back..they go to Eton and would never let the nouveau types marry their daughters!!!,unless they need the money to fix their Stately Home..!!!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @What was that: yes, exactly. They attend all the right private boarding schools, as they have for eons and then go to the right universities and legacy pledges and get hired into the firms their grandfathers founded. The Bush family stems from these roots – but some, like the Chafees in Rhode Island have left the Republican party because the Fox News type is so far away from what they are.

    • Amide says:

      This stuff is so interesting to me.

    • LA Juice says:

      maybe they don’t like cheaters.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Ha, ha (said like Nelson from the Simpsons). Also, not everyone loves Giselle, and GPSB, maybe they are afraid Brady will deflate all the balls. ; )

  2. OSTONE says:

    This is not even first world problems. This is 1%ers problems!

    • Kitten says:

      But life is so hard!!!

      • V4Real says:

        I wish I had rich people problems.

        I love Brady even more since I saw him in his boxers in Ted 2. Deflated balls or not I still carry a torch for him.

        BTW Kitten I got my chocolate point/mitted blue eyed Ragdoll kitten. His name is Princeton and my Husky’s name is King James.

        I’m heading up to Salisbury Beach for the 4th. I will be thinking of you once I hit Ma.

      • Kitten says:

        Gah! I am so excited for you. They must make the most beautiful pair. Be geeky and set up an IG account for them so I can follow them and make dorky comments like “He is so purrfect!”

        Yessss! Have an awesome time at Salisbury Beach. You’ll have perfect weather for it :)

  3. Kitten says:

    “No Jews were admitted until the 1970s”

    LOL! And this club is in Brookline? Well, that just seems like a stupid business move if you ask me.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Right? It’s Brookline!

    • CK says:

      Isn’t that the point of most country clubs though? To escape all the Jews, Blacks, unmarried women, etc..

      • Kitten says:

        Brookline has one of the largest Jewish populations in Boston.

      • CK says:

        Which makes it all the more believable that they would be excluded by “application” from the country club. You charge the people an exorbitant fee so that they can segregate themselves from the large Jewish population.

      • Kitten says:

        Meh. I could see a country club in Southie doing that but in Brookline, a smarter country club would have taken advantage of the gold mine they were sitting on.
        Well it only took them almost 100 years to realize that. Better late than never I guess…

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I’m trying to imagine a country club in Southie. Thanks for that, Kitten.

    • Moneypenny says:

      Seriously, how crazy is that? Hell, I’m not surprised I didn’t have a chance as a black woman, but who knew none of my Jewish Brookline neighbors did either?

      My boss is a member of this club. I knew it was exclusive, but I didn’t realize it was THIS exclusive. WHOA.

      • laura in LA says:

        Well, you have to understand how Boston was once with different ethnic enclaves and how they spread out to the suburbs…

        Like the North End with Italians moving to the North Shore towns, South Boston families going to the South Shore, the West End of Boston (where Leonard Nimoy grew up) was Jewish.

        Unfortunately, this area now no longer exists, not even as a piece of the city’s history. It was decimated in the 60s to make way for newer housing developments (such as the one you see along Storrow Dr with the sign that says, “If you lived here, you’d be home by now…”). And with that, many Jewish families moved further west – to Brookline.

        Up until then, though, it was a town so WASPish that when the Kennedys moved there back in 1920s/30s, they stood out for being Irish Catholic.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Many West End families, and they weren’t just Jewish, it was a really ethnically mixed neighborhood, kept in touch with one another over the decades and still do.

  4. dagdag says:

    Who would want to join a club like this?

    • lizzie says:

      i know right?! it is crazy.

    • inthekitchen says:

      That was my first thought was well! I wouldn’t want to join a club that had been excluding Jewish and black people and women, until recently.

      Although…I am black, and a woman, and part Jewish (take that, The Country Club!)…so I doubt they’d have me anyway.

    • The Other Katherine says:

      I would pay money to DISassociate myself from this club.

    • holly hobby says:

      A lot of wealthy people join these things for business networking purposes and to acknowledged as one of the one percenters. It’s a status thing.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      Seriously.”Do you have the right values” You mean racism, sexism, religious bigotry, values like that? Keep your useless country club~what once might have been a status symbol is now representative of the status quo, an undying dedication to the archaic mindsets of the dark ages.

      • Original T.C. says:

        LMAO. They first things that came to my mind with this “[It’s really about who you are. Do you have good values?” one member said. “It’s that old New England mentality.”] was clearly what they mean by “good values” is are you as close to White Anglo-Saxon Protestant as possible, think other racial groups, women and foreigners are beneath you? Then you have GOOD VALUES.

        I dare this country club to disclose the names of their 1300 members to ONE New York Times reporter to investigate their background for 24 Hours and you will see nothing but ugly. I would guess that at least 30% of their family money was from the slave trade and many others full of things that will make even the strongest Republican lose their lunch. If you come from old money in the US, chances are your family through the ages has a lot of dirty hands.

    • cheryl says:

      Yes. I would be mortified to be associated with such a institution.

  5. Angie says:

    Get me a box of kleenex someone please…………right now!!!!

  6. Lilacflowers says:

    Brady has said he plans to go into the Patriots management when he retires from playing and the Krafts have indicated an interest in keeping him around, so yes, this could be long term. The team does retain a number of former players.

    As for The Country Club, nobody ever hears about it except for every few years when it rejects a prominent athlete or politician. Then it disappears again. My mom worked with a member who said she would reject applicants if it was their first time applying just to see how they handled it.

    • Boston Green Eyes says:

      I got the feeling when Tom and Giselle moved their home HQ from the palatial California spread to a very nice, but understated, house in Brookline, that they were planning on putting down roots in this area. I didn’t hear that Tom wants to be a part of Pats Nation after he retires from playing but am glad that he is. Tom is probably one of THE most loyal athletes out there and he should be rewarded in some small way for his efforts.

  7. Belle Epoch says:

    Actually, I’m not sure about that. Old money New Englanders prefer clubs where you can only get in when your grandparents die and leave an opening. And they will NOT want photographers camped out at their gates. Things are supposed to be a Certain Way forever and ever, and these two would shake things up. I’m sure there are many members opposed to letting in a high profile nouveau riche couple.

    PS Years ago Bryant Gumble was refused at a country club in Westchester NY. Why would he even want to belong there?

    • Jegede says:

      Its somewhat baffling to me.
      Why would Gumble, Patrick, et.al want to join?

      To prove a point? To test if the waiters would spit in their drinks?
      Is it a faux brotherhood? Are there bragging rights even when you know most of the members won’t spit on you if you’re on fire?

      • Kitten says:

        Because it’s considered the most beautiful golf course in Massachusetts and it’s very storied and historical(ly racist and sexist).

        But yeah, I’m sure part of it was bragging rights. To be fair, I’m sure most members don’t care if you’re black, Jewish, whatever, as long as you’re rich.

      • Jegede says:

        Thanks Kitten.

        Beautiful or not I don’t know if I would want to pay money for on hostile terrain when clubs like that are ostensibly for you to go to relax.

      • Kitten says:

        Yeah that and the fact that I think golf is stupid are reasons why I would never join. But they would never me have anyway so all’s well that ends well.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Golf course. People do the weirdest things because of golf courses. To me, golf is beyond stupid.

      • Kitten says:

        I hate golf and I’m dating a guy who’s obsessed with it.
        My dad is also obsessed with it.

        We’re actually going to see the ‘rents tonight so that they guys can play golf tomorrow. Ugh.

        Not me yo. Momz and I are going to the beach instead.

    • Wren33 says:

      Yeah, my grandparents and parents belong to a golf club in Rhode Island that is not famous but is definitely of the same ilk. It is old Yankee that is all about family and abhors tacky nouveau riche, and rich New Yorkers who want everything to be fancy, instead of the run down pro-shop in a shack that was good enough for my grandparents, dammit!

  8. danielle says:

    Highly amused by this. “Good values?” So are they giving psychological tests to determine if applicants have a strong moral code? Or is that a new way to say people just like us?

    • Lilacflowers says:

      People just like us whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower or were prominent stakeholders in the acts leading up to the revolution.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Then Brady and Bunchen should be questioned there…..

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Why?

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        I personally don’t think either have “good values.” But, to each their own.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Nothing to back that up then except you love Eli Manning. Got it. The picture is very clear.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        Um, I guess it goes both ways then my dear as it is obvious you are either a Patsy’s fan or a Bunchen bot.

        Obviously, I can only go by media reports and I think Brady’s conduct in the league, and how he treated Ms. Moynahan, calls into question his lack of a moral compass. As for Giselle, since there has been a question of whether their relationship “overlapped,” that makes me question her morals as well.

        Respond if you wish, but I am moving on now. Have a happy 4th.

  9. CK says:

    “No Jews were admitted until the 1970s, no women (as full members) until 1989, and no blacks until 1994.”

    Exclusive? Maybe discriminatory/racist as shit. Unless some disease purged all the members from before 1994, do you really want to join a club like that?

  10. Murphy says:

    …did they even apply to get in or did the Globe just speculate this because its a slow week and Brady is so boring? News flash, boring is GOOD.

  11. MrsBPitt says:

    I don’t understand it, but for some strange reason, I could not give a rat’s ass about this!!!!!!

  12. Julie says:

    i hate clubs like this but i can fully understand not wanting paps around.

  13. Peanutbuttr says:

    Augusta took years to let Bill Gates in, so I’m not surprised a Country Club wouldn’t let admit someone like Brady, who is too new money for them. Doesn’t help that his wife is a foreigner.

  14. RobN says:

    I realize that most people haven’t been within a 100 yards of your average country club, but Brookline is not average, even among the most expensive clubs in the country. I don’t belong to one but have many friends that do (all the benefits and none of the cost), and their memberships these days reflect the fact that criteria number one for new members is whether you make your quarterly payments on time.

    The country club world has changed very quickly in the last 40+ years, and it’s simply a cliche to stereotype them as WASP enclaves. My husband is black, I’m white and we’ve never had so much as a funny look at the dozen or so clubs where we’ve been guests, and were handed membership information packets as we left at most of them.

    If Brady doesn’t get in, it’ll simply be that they don’t want an incredibly high profile member and because the wives aren’t going to like Gisele.

  15. MariaTR says:

    I grew up (and still live) in the area and went to a fancy Boston private school with a lot of members of TCC (I was a scholarship kid!) and spend summers as a “guest” there. It is super, duper old money old school. It’s one of those quintessential old money clubs that’s kind of shabby, to be honest. I would not be surprised if they weren’t allowed in. Not at all.

  16. Tiffany says:

    Why would I join a club that will have me as a member ;) .

  17. Beckysuz says:

    I went to a baby shower at a country club last weekend. It was gorgeous! My daughter and I drove around the lake after looking at all the mansions oohing and ahhing. But yeah, nothing but old white dudes going in and out of there. And on one of the walls inside there were pictures of the CCs board of directors. Literally a wall of 25 old white dudes. It was really beautiful though

  18. Suzy from Ontario says:

    I don’t get the Country Club appeal either Kaiser! And for the amount of money it would cost to join one, you could put in your own amazing pool! ha

  19. original kay says:

    didn’t he dump his ex, while she was pregnant, or just pregnant, to get with Gisele?

    or wait, she was pregnant but didn’t know it, he left, married Gisele?

    why do I even care?

  20. holly hobby says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever be accepted into a country club (too ethnic, too poor) but I was invited to lunch at a local storied club awhile back and it’s true the grounds are gorgeous. The building is also beautiful. Yup, it’s dotted with a lot of elderly white people. Food was good.

    That’s all I have!

  21. Jenn B says:

    I doubt it has much to do with Tom but with Gisele and her fame-whoring selfies. It seems like no one on the team or in NE really likes her.

    • Cassie says:

      Everyone who publish their own pictures in any social network are fame whores.

      Gisele’s pictures in her Instagram are too boring. There’s nothing worth to talk about there.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      You can count me in with Tom’s team mates, I have never been a fan of Bunchen or her arrogant ways…yuck!

      What about when she threw Wes Welker under the bus after the Pats lost the Superbowl to the N.Y. Giants? As a sports wife, whether she was goaded by that Giants fan, or not, you NEVER throw your husband’s team mates under the bus, there is no “I” in team. Thank God, I am Giants fan, and Eli Manning’s wife, Abby, is a class act.

  22. Cinderella says:

    I bet this club is cringing at the thought of being mentioned on a gossip site. My guess is the Bradys’ application is about to be hit with the big, red “NO” stamp.

  23. American In OZ says:

    My husband works for a guy who follows the rule of “The only time your name should be in the paper is twice…” line of thought. His company is in the papers all the time but he always let someone else do the talking or take the glory. I’m starting to love it but I’ve always been super private. I think if I ramped it up a notch or two, I’d get into being a recluse territory.

  24. SwanLake says:

    Does anybody think their marriage will make it over the long haul?

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      It depends on how long Brady appreciates being bossed around by her. Thus far, he seems to like it.

      I will NEVER forget that footage of him on TMZ, with his leg in a cast and crutches, doing all of Giselle’s errands in the New York city snow. All the guys in the TMZ newsroom were chanting “errand boy, errand boy” over the footage. LOL!!! It was funny and pathetic at the same time.

  25. Toni says:

    What is it about wanting to belong to or with people/places where you have to go over leaps and bounds to get their approval? Why would you only want to be tolerated just because you have money, but not really appreciated as a person? Snobbery doesn’t only exist among the upper-crust. I was going to a gala for a special cause at a well known hot spot and the “greeter” was getting ready to reject me from entering. Either he thought I was “too old” or “too overweight.” I’m guessing. I have friends who’ve been rejected from nightclubs for being Black or wearing the wrong type of shoes. These were not all HIGH END mind you, but they wanted a certain type of look and wear. I work too hard for my money to go into places to be treated badly. The Brady’s have enough wealth to go to other places that are just as nice and would welcome them.And this place looks like the kind of club where Giselle particularly would be bored to pieces with!

  26. Kiyoshigirl says:

    @Kaiser – Find a good public pool. I joined a local, private golf club solely for the use of the swimming pool. I felt like a pariah 90% of the time. A few of the ladies were conversational, but for the most part the various social clicks treated my children and I like we were intruders. Ironically, I know our net worth is far higher than some of the snobs who hovered over everyone making sure they wore “this” or went “here”. We stuck it out for two years (the length of the membership contract) and I enjoyed the look on the membership chair’s face when I told her we couldn’t renew because my kids were getting rashes from the unbalanced Ph in the pool water…hint, hint and I felt the locker rooms were always dirty. We enjoyed the next few summers trying out the plethora of new water parks in our area. From what I could tell most of the women were married to businessmen who used the club as a means to nurture business relationships. The few women I did get to know were also business women and they viewed the membership fees as the cost of doing business. Maybe it works out for some, but it wasn’t my thing.

  27. Amy M. says:

    I had never heard of Boston Brahmin family until about a few weeks ago. The term sounds really stupid and is borrowed from the Hindu caste system–wasn’t that really divisive in Hindu society? I prefer the term Old Waspy Mayflower Farts.

    As for country clubs, there are 6 in my hometown alone and dozens in the area. I live near Greenwich, CT so you get the picture. The most exclusive is probably American Yacht Club, sounds to be along the lines of The Country Club. My family was never part of a country club which shocked my private school classmates who asked me non ironically how I survived the summer without being a member of a club. We were members of the local beach (but anybody could pay to get in) and a pool for a few summers and we were fine. Not everyone wants to spend their summers playing tennis and golf!