Current Membership Categories
Membership in the Club shall be divided into the following categories.
i) Resident of the “Chester Area”. This area includes the Village of Chester and westward to the east bank of the Gold River and eastward to Highway 329, thence southward to the Little East River and Rous Cove, including lands to the west of Highway 329 and those lands to the east directly abutting Highway 329, bounded to the north by Highway 103 and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. Islands connected to the mainland are included.
ii) Any person living in the described geographical area, ordinarily or seasonally, may apply for membership.
iii) Qualified persons whose residency is less than 5 years will be subject to a $1,500.00 initiation fee plus applicable taxes.
(iv) New Senior Members have 30 days from the date of their Senior Membership application approval by the Club Membership Committee to pay their Senior membership Fees in Full, including Club iniation fee if applicable. If full Senior Membership Fees are not paid within this 30 day period the applicant will be added to the Club Membership Wait List and a new Senior Membership Application will be required including a new $100.00 non refundable Senior Membership deposit fee.
(B) Senior Spouse
Spouse of a Chester Golf Club Senior member resides outside the existing Club Membership boundaries as defined above (i)) “Spouse” includes a common-law spouse or registered domestic partner as defined by the Vital Statistics Act. Applicants are subject to a $1500.00 plus applicable taxes one-time initiation fee.
i) These persons are between the ages of 19 and 25 as of April 1 and are full-time students in a post secondary institution. Proof of student status must be provided.
ii) Dues are one-half of the Senior rate.
iii) This is a courtesy extended by the Club to students continuing their education and who would otherwise qualify as a Senior member at Senior rate.
(D) Junior (ages 6-18) at April 1 of the year junior membership application is submitted.
i) Must be a child or a grandchild of a member or
ii) A resident of the Municipality of the District of Chester.
iii) Any Junior who maintains his/her membership, in good standing, for the three (3) year period prior to turning 19 will be eligible for Intermediate or Senior membership upon reaching the age of 19.
(E) Social Membership
This membership category is for those who wish to maintain a social connection with the Chester Golf Club. An annual fee of $50.00 provides dining room privileges as well as participation in the opening and closing non-golf functions of the club.
(F) Medical Leave
i) A member may at the discretion of the Board of Directors be granted medical leave for a period of one year only.
ii) The member must apply for medical leave before April 1st of the year in which they require leave by application in writing addressed to the Membership Committee Chairperson.
iii) Such a letter shall contain a Doctors Certificate supporting the members application.
iv) The Member will receive written notification from the Membership Committee Chairperson if their Medical Leave request is approved or denied.
v) In the event that the Member’s medical circumstances change following their Medical Leave request being approved, he/she may rejoin the Club during that year by paying his/her full Membership Fees plus applicable taxes.
vi) A Senior Member who has paid their full Membership Fees and any Member Account balance on or prior to April 1 of any season may apply for an emergency Medical Leave prior to May 1 of any season. The member must apply for the Emergency Medical Leave in writing addressed to the Membership Committee Chairperson. Letter shall contain a Doctors Certificate supporting the member’s application. If approved by the Membership Committee, the member will receive a 50% refund of their Membership Fees for the that season. Member(s) approved for an Emergency Medical Leave are eligible to re-join the Club during that season by paying the previously approved membership fees refunded.
(G) Leave-of- Absence
i) A member may be granted a leave of absence for 1 year to a maximum of 2 years upon application to the Membership Committee Chairperson.
ii) Payment of a $100.00 fee plus any applicable taxes for each year is required.
iii) The Deadline for a Leave of Absence request is April 1 of the year the request is submitted.
iv) The member will receive written notification from the Membership Committee Chairperson if their Leave of Absence request is approved or denied.
(H) Senior to Social Membership
The deadline for a Member moving from Senior Member to Social Member is April 1 of the year this membership category change is requested. This request is to be made in writing to the Membership Committee Chairperson.
The Senior (including Intermediate) membership category shall have a maximum of 850 members. The Junior category will have a maximum of 180 members. These cap numbers are subject to review by the Chester Golf Club Board of Directors.
A Waiting List, reflecting the above, will be posted in the pro shop and at the Club website.
Payment of Fees:
(a) Membership fees and any Member Account balance are due on April 1st. From April 2nd to April 8th unpaid fees are subject to a late payment penalty of $50.00 plus applicable taxes or such other amount as determined from time to time by the Board. From April 9th to April 15th unpaid fees are subject to a late payment penalty of $100.00 plus applicable taxes or such other amount as determined from time to time by the Board. From April 16th to April 22nd unpaid fees are subject to a late payment penalty of $200.00 plus applicable taxes or such amount as determined from time to time by the Board. From April 23rd to May 1st unpaid fees are subject to a late payment penalty of $300.00 plus applicable taxes or such amount determined from time to time by the Board. Any Senior or Intermediate member who had not paid their Membership Fees and or any outstanding Member Account balance as of close of business day May 1st will have their membership suspended for that entire season. Suspended Members may apply for available Membership opening(s) for the next season and a $100.00 plus applicable taxes re-application fee will be applied. There is no membership reinstatement appeal process for suspended members.
Upon receipt and processing of a Member’s annual membership fee, it is the position of the Chester Golf Club that there are no refunds of membership fees available unless related to an approved medical leave (see conditions below).
Only Senior members of the Club shall be entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at meetings of the Club. All other members shall be entitled to attend, but not to vote at such meetings.
The Board shall recommend a fee and assessment schedule to the Annual General Meeting which shall set membership fees and assessments for the Club.
Applications for membership shall be made in writing to the Membership Committee Chairperson and reviewed by the Membership Committee, which shall have the authority to accept or reject such applications. Any person whose application for membership has been rejected may appeal to the Board.
Membership in the Club shall cease upon:
(a) The death of a member;
(b) The resignation of a member;
(c) A member being suuspended from membership by resolution of the Board for non-payment of Membership Fees and or outstanding Member Account balances as of May 1st;
(d) For other good and sufficient cause at the discretion of the Board