Tiger’s Membership in Private Club near New Home Unlikely

Though he is the world’s highest paid athlete and arguably its most popular, Tiger Woods’ cachet is probably not enough to gain him membership in the ultra-exclusive, invitation-only Jupiter Island Golf Club.

Woods is buying a 10-acre Florida waterfront estate for $54 million near the club, but the 30-year-old star is unlikely to be made welcome by its members. “There's a long list and membership is by invitation only," said Debbie Squires, membership secretary at the club.

One of his new neighbors thought the chances that Woods would ever be asked to join are very remote. "No way,” the unidentified man told reporter Harry Mount of the (London) Telegraph Times. “(The members) don't want anybody famous. They are as low-key and unassuming as it gets. No stars, fame, publicity or press."

Woods will be able to play the course, but only as a guest. In the past he has practiced at Jupiter Island, which is located on a barrier island bounded by the Indian River to the west, the Atlantic to the east, a wildlife refuge to the north and the Blowing Rocks Nature Preserve to the south. The back nine meanders through a huge ornamental garden, with sweeping views of the river.

The club also boasts 14 tennis courts, a gym, saltwater pool, game-fishing facilities and guesthouses and cottages along the ocean and river. Woods was previously a member of Isleworth Country Club near Orlando. The club not only welcomed his membership but modified the golf course for him, lengthening it to accommodate his monster drives.

But on Jupiter Island, situated north of Miami, he will just have to be content with all the lavish non-golfing facilities provided by his new home in what Forbes Magazine calls "The World's Most Expensive Zip Code." Woods' neighbors will include singer Celine Dion and fellow golfers Nick Price and Greg Norman.

Tiger’s new digs feature four houses – the main house, two guest houses and a beach cottage – as well as two boat docks to accommodate his 155-foot yacht, Privacy. Woods plans to demolish the 13-year-old main house and replace it with something more appropriate for him and his wife, Elin, whom he married last year.

Apart from the new Florida residence, Woods also owns property in California, Wyoming and Sweden, his wife's home country. He is the world's highest paid athlete. Last year Woods made $128 million in endorsements and prize money, with around $30 million of that from Nike alone.