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The most exclusive golf clubs in the US

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News that a British golf club has upped its membership fee to a six-figure sum - reported to be £125,000 ($192,500) for new joiners - caused quite a storm last week. But, it turns out this is small change considering the initiation fees demanded by clubs across the Atlantic.

Privacy seems to be a theme with many exclusive golf clubs, particularly in the U.S. For others, membership fees might be lower but prospective members have to be invited to join. There are some things money just can't buy, it would seem.

Here's CNBC's look at some of the most exclusive clubs Stateside.

—By CNBC's Holly Ellyatt. Published on October 26, 2015.

Image source: Sea Island Resort