Private Club Terminology Yacht clubs, gentlemen's clubs, fraternities, sororities, gym memberships and secret societies are all forms of private clubs. Private clubs offer members the opportunity to discuss, celebrate and participate in the various activities the club members find enjoyable or socially important. Some private club activities are cryptic, and known only to those who have met the requirements of membership and have been initiated; other private clubs only require its members to pay membership dues. This list of private clubs and fraternal organizations will help you understand different kinds of private clubs:
Gentlemen's Clubs: Clubs that were popularized in Great Britain and to a lesser extent, the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were founded exclusively for upper classed men with similar political affiliations, academic backgrounds or branches of military service. The term "Gentlemen's Club" is today commonly used to refer to strip clubs, which aren't private, but feature predominantly male clientele.
Yacht Clubs: Associations related to the sport of yachting and sailing. Yacht club members were historically comprised of yacht owners, and were organized in a similar manner to most private clubs, although the term is commonly used today to describe a commercial enterprise with more of a focus towards earning a profit rather than membership exclusivity.
Dining Clubs: Dining clubs are associations centered around dining out at different venues, either restaurants or members' homes. Dining clubs do not have permanent premises and have differing membership criteria, such as shared Alma Maters or religions.
Country Clubs: Private, closed membership clubs located in rural settings. Country clubs offer different recreational activities such as polo, golf, swimming or tennis.