November 2, 2018

When may I stop paying club dues?

When may I stop paying club dues?1 The answer to this question may likely depend upon what you agreed to when you joined the club. Some […]
December 29, 2017

Private Status Remains Alive and Well

Private Status Remains Alive and Well1   On June 1, 2017, Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV of the U.S. District Court (Mass.) entered judgment for the […]
December 4, 2017

Should a Country Club allow Model Aircraft Drones?

By Fred L. Somers, Jr., P.C.1 on November 26, 2017 Recently, when attending a wedding rehearsal dinner at a Charlotte, N.C. country club, we withdrew to […]
April 29, 2016

Private Club Membership Redemption Rights Revisited

Some private clubs formed in the last three decades of the 20th Century were formed by developers using redeemable or refundable deposits or initiation fees to […]
August 13, 2016


We often are asked how often or when a nonprofit private club or trade association should update their bylaws. The rule of thumb answer is at […]
July 13, 2015

The Private Club and the Supreme Court Decision in Obergefell v. Hodges

Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. 14 same-sex couples and two men whose same-sex partners are […]
November 3, 2017

Golf Cars as Other Powered Mobility Devices (“OPMDs”)

Golf Cars as Other Powered Mobility Devices (“OPMDs”)1 Early in 2017, the City Council of Yorkville, Illinois, ruled a disabled person could not use a golf […]