Designing Women S2 E19 - No Pigs Allowed
What happens when you cross a pet pig, beauty titles, and a few pesky divorces with an exclusive, Old South country club? Well, you might not get invited to join. Poor Suzanne has her eyes set on an elite membership, but her big-mouthed sister (...and impending financial ruin…and a few other things…) may be standing in her way. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing?
After the show, let’s have a little “Extra Sugar” - where we’ll spill the tea on country clubs. We’ll talk a bit about the history and breakdown some of the “-ism” claims Julia makes against Beaumont.
If you want to learn more, here were some of our sources:
More on the first U.S.-based country club, the Country Club of Brookline.
This article offers what can only be described as the most exhaustive history of the American country club.
This article from Boston Magazine includes some behind-the-scenes hot takes from right inside some of the most exclusive Massachusetts country clubs.
This article about a 2012 incident at Atlanta’s Piedmont Driving Club - which may have been the inspiration for Beaumont, in this episode of “Designing Women” - includes some proof of the mystique around exclusive club membership
This Golf Digest article talks about the Shoal Creek Golf Club controversy of 1990 and how it changed the face of racism in the golf club/country club world and professional golf.
Interested in country club life? If you’re interested in the most exclusive clubs, maybe check out this list with initiation fees and annual dues to decide if you can afford it. If you can, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you our Venmo to float a little moola our way. J/K…ish.
Come on, let’s get into it!