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The Death of the Country Club | City Journal

The country club, once a mainstay of American suburbia, faces a cloudy future, with a changing culture eroding its societal influence. Golf and tennis , the traditional club pastimes, have lost popularity. Declining marriage and fertility rates mean fewer families joining. Young professionals, many burdened with limited incomes and high debt, balk at paying dues. And a yearning for broader community makes the clubhouses exclusivity unappealing. The country club is increasingly a refuge for retireesand, upon closure, a site for mixed-use development.