Demographics: Half city dwellers, half suburbanites. As one source put it: “The only way to join the Fish House is to know a bunch of these guys very well over a period of 10 to 20 years. The Franklin Inn 205 South Camac Street; 215-732-0334This writers’ club used to be rigid in its demand for literary credentials (no journalists allowed, for example), but these days, no C.V. is necessary. Crustiness: As crusty as that ham-and-veal pie. Founded: 1854. And the club has risen to the occasion. The clubhouse is open nearly year-round for lunch and dinner, and regular evening events feature speakers on nautical themes. 16 is the easiest hole in the course. The club also hosts several annual fund-raisers, often for Jewish charities. Wait list: Two years. That means equality is the name of the game; says Sabatino Tomeo, certified club manager at Huntingdon Valley, “We even have a first-come, first-serve policy with tee times.” Bruce Willis, in town shooting one of his M. Night flicks, enjoyed the course and members so much that he became a regular on the greens. Founded: 1952. Copyright 2020 Golf Advisor. Cost: $2,500 standard; $1,000 for junior members. While the bad appears to outweigh the good, the facilities and golf course are impressive. Number of members: 600-plus. But once you’re in, you could become privy to the Rabbit’s famous hot brewed punch recipe, which to this day remains a secret to the outside world. Crustiness: Of the J.Crew-wearing, Vera Bradley-toting type. Wait list: Unknown. Cost: Initiation fee $3,600; annual dues $2,500. This club is for serious boaters only. Founded: 1896. Notable facilities: Two 18-hole golf courses (East and West); a few paddle tennis courts. Philadelphia Cricket Club415 West Willow Grove Avenue, Chestnut Hill, 215-247-6001;6025 West Valley Green Road, Flourtown, 215-233-1110. (Golfweek ranked it 73rd among “America’s 100 Best Classical Courses” in 1999.) Note that clicking the link below will block access to this site for 24 hours. Fla. During the irrationally exuberant ’90s, members started the CosmoVestors, a Latimer Street version of the Beardstown Ladies. Be prepared to pay all fees via major credit card or cash on day of visit. Wait list: None. State in SchuylkillAlong State Road in BensalemConsider State in Schuylkill, a.k.a. Wait list: Currently, none. Crustiness: Like Chestnut Hill itself—blue-blooded and blue-haired, but with character. Yet life at the big-money, mostly-male haven hasn’t always been so sanguine. This is where the ladies who lunch take part in the activity that made them famous. Founded: 1854. “There’s literary people in there, and civic people in there—and they listen to each other,” says a former president. Number of members: About 320. Notable facilities: Besides its renowned par-4 10th hole, Aronimink boasts outdoor tennis courts, skeet shooting, paddle tennis courts and swimming pools. Food: Chef Gary Sippel is famous for his seasoned dry toast, which members ask to take home with them. Crustiness: Like the icy surface of a distant planet—cold, brittle and unwelcoming. The club’s legendary East Course, site of more USPGA tournaments than any other in the nation, is still among the best in the world. Notable facilities: 18-hole golf course; driving range; outdoor pool; 5 outdoor tennis courts; 3 indoor tennis courts. “There’s a built-in, unspoken discrimination,” says one member. Good staff in both the Pro shop and the club. Crustiness: Like a walk on a cool fall day—crisp and sharp, but still bearable. The Racquet Club215 South 16th Street; 215-735-1525. Number of members: 274. Notable facilities: 18-hole golf course; driving range; practice putting areas; Olympic-size pool, 6 tennis courts. (Members, all male, still refer to themselves as citizens.) Meanwhile, the club has few minority members. Founded: 1889. The guestbook carries the signatures of past speakers Thornton Wilder and George Gershwin, and recent events have ranged from a talk by newsman Bob Schieffer to a club member telling stories of her time in Siberia (literally). The quirky tradition is a testament to the joviality of Germantown Cricket, one of the area’s oldest (primarily) tennis clubs. Family full membership annual dues $3,100; individual full membership annual dues $2,440; under 35 full membership annual dues $800. The club is looking to grow; Commodore Charles Scott Seltzer Jr. (that’s his very official title) concedes a long tradition of “snobbery,” but says times have changed and that the club welcomes newcomers. Women at the club follow an unwritten — but understood — restriction against teeing off on the East Course before 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Walter Annenberg applied for membership once and was blackballed—though he was eventually accepted. Notable members: Amateur golf champion Nancy Porter and her husband, sculptor Robert Engman; former Penn president Sheldon Hackney. UNLIMITED rounds of golf over three days, and two nights lodging in one of our 4-bedroom Stay & Play luxury townhomes, including access to fine dining for dinner at Champs and Rockers. Founded: 1962. An Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, nine tennis courts, two paddle courts, a bowling alley, squash, bridge, and even skeet shooting separate Philly Country Club from places like Merion, where golf is the major emphasis. (Since then, the club has admitted blacks, including former Sunoco exec Ken Hill.) Fast greens. Cost: For full golf member over 35, with family, initiation fee $10,000; annual dues up to $7,995; annual food minimum $715-$1,200. - See 3 traveler reviews, candid photos, and great deals for Wallingford, PA, at Tripadvisor.