Anybody that’s anybody living in Hong Kong is going to want to be a member of a private club. Here are a few to look out for, but membership is so highly coveted that it’ll either take a lot of time or a lot of money to join.
The Aberdeen Marina Club
First on the list is the Aberdeen Marina Club. As the name suggests, this club is by the water and if you have a yacht lying around, feel free to park it here. However, don’t worry if you don’t because this club still offers everything else a membership club would normally offer, from fine dining to basketball and badminton courts to a hair and beauty salon. You name it and they probably have it. This hotel is managed by the Shangri La Group, and you’ll be able to tell by the superb service and facilities. Unfortunately, membership is extended by invitation only, so hopeful applicants can submit a letter of application but membership is not guaranteed. Expect to pay more than HK $3,000,000 on the secondary market.
The Aberdeen Marina Club (AMC), 8 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang
The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club Hong Kong
If boats don’t do it for you because you’re a golf kind of person, this might be the club for you to join. With a beautiful 18 hole course, this club offers a splendid get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Located on Clearwater Bay Peninsula, expect unrivaled views and some great dining options. There are also playgrounds and other activities for the children, so don’t worry about that! In order to join, new members need to be proposed and seconded and then interviewed by a committee. This process can be a little tedious but worth it if you are a golfing fanatic!
The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, 139 Tai Au Mun Road, Clearwater Bay
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Another quite different club from the others. If you are a gambling man and have always loved horse racing, this is the club for you. Instead of watching horse races from public stands, enjoy exclusive venues with places to bet, eat, and drink. This is the ultimate gamblers paradise!
There are three different clubhouses that all have swimming pools, playgrounds, and other outdoor activities and areas for the family. If you are into horses, this is the place, with access to horse-riding lessons and the ability to adopt a pony! Anyone can apply here but corporate memberships need to be by invitation.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Happy Valley Clubhouse: Shan Kwong Road, Happy Valley; Sha Tin Clubhouse: Sha Tin Race Course, Sha Tin; Beas River Country Club: Kam Tsin Road, Kwun Tong
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
If the Aberdeen Marina Club wasn’t boaty enough for you, this is the place. Whether you are into yachting, rowing, or just want to rent a leisure boat, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has you covered. With three different waterfront locations all with restaurants and bars, even if boats aren’t your thing yet this is a great place to get started. The club offers a plethora of activities and courses for its members.
There is ordinary membership that anyone can get as long as they have a proposer within the club. For the cheapest fees, you need to demonstrate your ability to row or sail or at least a willingness to participate in activities. An ordinary single membership is HK $91,800 and an ordinary married membership is HK $137,700.
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay; Middle Island, Repulse Bay; Shelter Cove, Sai Kung
Hong Kong Football Club
The Hong Kong Football Club is all things sport. With the largest collection of indoor and outdoor facilities for a variety of sports, members here are mostly athletes hoping to take advantage of the amenities offered. Many sports are offered here, including football (soccer that is), rugby, netball, hockey, tennis, and squash. They even have a swimming pool, bowling alley, snooker room, and golf simulator. And, of course, a well-equipped fitness centre for those looking to train their muscles. This club is the one spot shop for those looking to stay in shape and socialize as well. If you can demonstrate your prowess and commitment to sports, expect to get a membership quickly here, otherwise expect to pay!
Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
The China Club
First on our list is this exclusive dining club. Inspired by 1930’s Shanghai, the decor is elegant and the food is stellar. Opened in 1991 by the late David Tang, this is the club to join if you’re looking for authentic Chinese food and culture. It boasts a library room full of books on China as well as an extensive collection of Chinese arts and antiquities. A final note, the membership fees range from HK$120,000-150,000.
The China Club Hong Kong, 13-15/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central
The American Club
If Chinese food and decor doesn’t quite get you nostalgic because you’re American, then consider the American Club! Think of everything that you miss and love about America, like thanksgiving, or sports bars, or hamburgers. Whatever it is, they probably have it at the American Club. They also conveniently have two locations, the Town Club located right in Central and the Country Club located in Tai Tam. With the Town Club you get a convenient spot for hanging out with friends. You can play pool or in the sports bar or enjoy a dignified meal at one of the higher-end restaurants. There’s even a fitness center if you need to get in a quick session after work! With the Country Club, you get a little bit of everything, including a spa and swimming pool, basketball courts, tennis and squash courts, a wine bar, terrace dining, and an all around wonderful location for the family to enjoy.
Joining the American Club can be a little complicated. New members have to be proposed by existing members and then seconded. Not to mention there is a long waitlist to join. Membership fees start at HK$ 500,000 but can be cheaper for Young Americans.
The American Club. The Town Club: Floor 48-49, Two Exchange Square, Central; The Country Club: 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam
The Hong Kong Club
Probably the most exclusive club on this list, The Hong Kong Club, or simply “The Club” to its members, is truly the embodiment of decadence and wealth. Founded way back in 1846, the HKC has an old-school, colonial aura to it. It brings you back to an era when only men would come together and discuss business over some whiskey (although the club has moved past all that allowing women since the 1970s). The Club consists of 25 stories of leisure and fitness facilities right in the heart of Central. There are a number of activities, from restaurants to squash courts to fitness centers; there’s even a bowling alley and a barber for when members need a fresh haircut!
You know a private club is actually exclusive and private when they don’t allow photos to be taken and don’t disclose membership fees. That’s how The Hong Kong Club operates. If you do want to join though and aren’t worried about fees (you can’t be if you’re trying to join this club), membership is strictly through invitation and ballot.
The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central
Carlyle & Co.
One of Hong Kong’s newest members only club is Rosewood Hotel Group’s Carlyle & Co. private club. It draws from the essence of The Carlyle in New York City, another hotel in the Rosewood Hotel Group. The club itself sits on the 50th floor of Rosewood Hong Kong and takes up three stories. Enjoy a library, heated swimming pool, dining, and even a barber. There is a one time joining fee of HK$ 88,000 and then a monthly fee of HK$ 2,400. However, the fee is cheaper if you are under 33 years of age, with a one time fee of HK$ 40,000 and then monthly fees of HK$ 1,225. Expect to pay extra for access to the pool and the fitness centre.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Country Club
Our final pick for private membership clubs is this country club with gorgeous views of Deep Water Bay. This club is perfect if you and your family love to get away from the bustle of the city and love beautifully manicured lawns. With tons of facilities to keep you occupied, everyone can find something to do. There are tennis and squash courts, swimming pools, fitness centers, and even a bowling alley. Not to mention, there are top of the line restaurants that serve all kinds of cuisine depending on what you are in the mood for. Sadly, the waiting list is almost 10 years and if that wasn't enough, joining fees are upwards of HK$ 600,000. If you are a young athlete, you may be able to sidestep the hefty waiting list and joining fee by applying for the Junior Sports membership which only costs HK$ 200 and then HK$ 200 each month after. Much more reasonable!
The Hong Kong Country Club, 188 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Deep Water Bay
There are many more private clubs in Hong Kong, especially depending on your interests and the community you are searching for. Many of our local real estate agents can not only help you find a luxury home for sale, but also the private club that best fits your needs. Do not hesitate to reach out to us here at Engel & Völkers. Your real estate agent search ends here!