Despite its top-tier ranking, this intensely private club has played host to only two events of note: the Japan Amateur and the Japan Open, both held in the 1930s.
In a 1963 exhibition match Jack Nicklaus became the first man to reach the 565-yard, par-5 15th hole in two, but not many outsiders since have had a chance to duplicate the feat.
What's valued is camaraderie, the better to contend in the Hat game, where names are drawn to see who plays with whom.
As David Feherty once wryly said, if you show up without dandruff on your collar then the club will provide it for you.Right after he won the British Open there in 1980, Tom Watson grabbed pals Ben Crenshaw, Andy North and Tom Weiskopf for a few after-dinner swings. Open Champion Payne Stewart asked to play with friends on one of the visitor days to practice for the British Open. Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland's most socially conscious golf club is awash in doctors, lawyers, judges and industrialists, mainly from Belfast.Club officials promptly escorted them off the course. There's no waiting list, not that it matters: few members leave before death and membership is by invitation only.With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia: The 300 or so members of Augusta National include generations of Southern society folks and corporate titans who are discouraged from using the club too often.