Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are worth a collective $400 million, but the super-couple might still end up getting rejected from the most exclusive country club in Massachusetts.
The NFL star and his supermodel wife have reportedly put in a bid to join The Country Club in Brookline, which is within walking distance of their mansion. But there’s a problem for Tom and Gisele — the 133-year-old club is very big on privacy, the kind that’s hard to come by when two of America’s biggest stars are members.
“I don’t know what they’ll do about Brady,” a prominent Boston businessperson told the Boston Globe, adding, “The Country Club believes your name should appear in the newspaper just two times: When you’re born and when you die.”
Even the club’s own website shares little in the way of details. The site has pages for job openings, along with some information on its history, but offers no other details on programs or how to apply for admission.
Not surprisingly, the club didn’t have much to say about Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.
“When it comes to issues related to members or membership, it’s our policy not to comment,” said David Chag, the general manager of The Country Club and de facto spokesman. “It’s a private club, and we don’t answer those kinds of questions.”
But the Boston Globe filled in some details for those unfamiliar with the club’s prestigious history.
Ranked No. 19 by Golf Digest on a list of America’s 100 greatest golf courses, TCC hosted the Ryder Cup in 1999 and was discussed as a venue for the 2024 Olympics, if the Games end up in Boston. In addition to 27 holes of golf, the club boasts indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a curling rink, an Olympic-size swimming pool, skeet range, cross-country skiing trails, and a skating pond, where Olympic champion Tenley Albright practiced before the 1956 Games.
The club is reportedly very strict when it comes to admission, so Brady’s status as a local hero or Gisele’s title as the highest-paid model in the world won’t help them at all. Even Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he was rejected, though this may be connected to the club’s checkered history. The Country Club didn’t admit Jewish members until the 1970s, no women until 1989, and didn’t let in the first black member until 1994.
But Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen will have some help in their corner. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is also a member, and maybe can put in a good word for the couple.
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