Given its location just outside of New York City, National Golf Links of America is a popular club for Wall Street's rich and powerful.The links-style course features several holes that were inspired by iconic courses in the United Kingdom, such as Royal St. George and St. Andrews.The invitation-only club comes with an initiation of $150,000, plus $10,000 in yearly dues, according to Forbes.If you think it's tough to get tickets to Augusta National for the weekend of the Masters, gaining actual membership to the club is even more challenging.Augusta National is likely the most prestigious course in the country, if not the world, and takes its membership extremely seriously. Membership is strictly by invitation only, with an estimated 300 members or so at any given time.Publicly campaigning to join the club, or even simply stating your interest, is considered uncouth among the green jacket community, as Bill Gates once found out — though the billionaire was eventually admitted as a member.Estimates for the cost of membership at Augusta National cover quite a range, with Golf.com estimating a club initiation fee in the range of $40,000 and Forbes estimating the cost to range from $250,000 to $500,000.Regardless of what it costs to become a member at Augusta National, the chances are that if you are worried about the price, you're not getting an invite anyways.Seminole Golf Club sports some of the most high-profile membership in the world.NFL stars Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg all belong to the club, according to a Golf.com story from May 2020.According to Golf.com, it's rumored that the great Jack Nicklaus was turned down as a member by the club.Looking around the course, it's easy to see why the rich and famous are interested in the course. Golf Digest ranks Seminole Golf Club as the 11th best course in the country.Cypress Point Club reportedly has around 250 members.According to Forbes, membership fees are determined by yearly running costs, which are divided up between the members regardless of how often you use the club. If you're lucky enough to be a member, here's to hoping you get your money's worth.There's little known about the membership and initiation fees at Shinnecock Hills. The club is invite-only, but members can bring guests to play with them, as long as they're will to pony up a greens fee of reportedly $350.One quirk of Shinnecock Hills is that players must hire a caddie, as walking the course is mandatory.Shinnecock Hills has hosted the U.S. Open five times in its history, most recently in 2018 when Brooks Koepka took home the trophy.Golf legend Jack Nicklaus described Muirfield as the best golf course in Britain.Nicklaus was so inspired by the course that he brought it back home with him in a way, founding Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, to pay tribute to the course where he won his first Open Championship in 1966.The original Muirfield has hosted the Open Championship 16 times, most recently in 2013 when Phil Mickelson raised the Claret Jug.