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PHOTO: ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF John Key’s wife Bronagh and son Max are also members (file pic).

A south Auckland man’s hopes of playing golf at his local club have been dashed after realising he would never fit the “elitist” criteria, and nor would many other locals.

Alekisanita Loloa made membership enquiries at Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club but was taken aback at the list of demands.

Membership at the private club is currently closed but to be added to the waiting list, you need at least 12 referees who are current members, among other things.


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Loloa joked that he wasn’t even sure if he has 12 friends.

In an email seen by Stuff, a club staffer outlined the requirements.

“To apply for membership at Royal Auckland and Grange Golf Club, your intended nominator (proposer) shall submit a letter to the captain providing background information about you, your relationship with them and why they believe you will make a good member.

“If the club captain accepts this request, application forms will be sent to the proposer who will assist you in completing them.

“… a candidate must have not only a proposer but also a seconder and an additional 12 referees who can vouch for you as a candidate.



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