“It would be hard to find a club which is more picturesquely situated and with such ideal surroundings."
The (NY) Morning Telegraph February 27, 1910
Standing nearly unchanged for more than 100 years, The Somerset Lake and Game Club (SL&GC) is not only picture perfect, it is a year-round sanctuary— a truly special place where we come to celebrate, to find solace, to enjoy friendships old and new, and to embrace nature and all its splendor. SL&GC is a magical place that welcomes you to an entirely different mindset the moment you turn into the driveway.
The founders of Somerset Lake and Game Club chose its location well, in a splendid ravine produced by the North Branch of the Raritan River. The setting is so natural that no one would guess that the land had been farmland purchased from eight local families. Nor would anyone imagine that the crescent shaped lake was a man-made creation formed by damming the North Branch of the Raritan River. Above the lake across the road, at an elevation where decades ago one could see all the way to Cushetunk Mountain and Round Valley, the same founders erected Somerset Hills Country Club with a nine-hole golf course and tennis courts.
All members join as a Regular Member and pay an initiation fee, annual dues, assessments, if any, and have full voting rights.
Senior Members are Regular Members who have been members for at least 15 years, are over the age of 65 as of April 1 of the current year and have no children or grandchildren currently living at home. Senior Members have full voting rights.
Juniors Members are between the ages of 25 and 35 as of April 1 of the current year and the children of current Regular Members. Junior Members have full voting rights. Initiation fee is waived until acceptance to Regular Membership at age 35.
Non-Resident Members are Regular Members who have moved to a distance of 50 miles or more from the Club. They do not have voting rights.
Honorary Members must be 80 years of age and must have been a distinguished Regular Members for at least 50 years. They do not pay dues and are not entitled to vote.
Any resignations or requests for changes in membership need to be sent in writing to the Membership Chair no later than April 1st of the current year.
DUES & FEES
(As of April 2023)
Regular Membership: $3,150.00
Senior Membership (50% of Regular Membership Dues): $1,575.00
Associate Junior Membership
Commencing on or before October 29,2021: Individual - $750.00, Family $1,485.00
Commencing after October 29, 2021: Individual - $1,000.00, Family: 1,567.50
Non-Resident Membership (40% of Regular Membership Dues): $1,260.00
Initiation Fee for Regular Members:
Completed application received on or before October 29, 2021, or Associate Jr. Member on or before October 29, 2021: $7,500.00*
Completed application received on or before October October 29, 2021: $10,000.00*
* Associate Junior Members becoming Regular Members will receive credit towards their initiation fee equal to the amount of all annual dues paid by them as an Associate Jr. Member.
Tennis Lessons: Private $90.00 per hour
Tennis Balls $5.00 per can
Boat Storage: Kayak/Paddleboard $75.00 per season
Canoe/Sailboat $150.00 per season
Private Party Rentals:
In-season runs from May 1st to Labor Day Weekend. All other times are considered "off-season".
All rentals are subject to availability and board approval. Please contact Membership Chair for more information.
Entire Club is the Picnic Area and Boathouse, and is automatic with any party of 75 people or more.
Entire Club: $2,500.00 in season /$1,000.00 off season
Boathouse: $1500.00 in season / $500.00 off season
Rental of the entire club or boathouse will be limited to 1 event per month.
Only two events may take place in September. No corporate events or fundraisers may take place during “in season” and any corporate or fund raising events that take place in the “off season” will be charged at “in season” rates.
Picnic Area: $750.00 in season /$350.00 off season
Picnic Tables: 2 tables are free, with a max of 8 people at each table.
$50.00 for each additional table up to a max of 5 tables total.
The $50.00 fee is for picnicking only. If you plan to use tennis courts, boats, or swim, additional guest fees will apply.
See a diagram of the picnic are layout or reserve your picnic table here.
The daily guest fee will be incurred for on-site activities limited to the use of the waterfront (i.e. fishing, swimming, boating, etc.), courts, or attending events where guests are permitted. Members will not be charged if their guests are only picnicking or having cocktails. All Guests must be signed in at the Boathouse upon arrival or in advance using the link on the website.
Adults: $10.00 per visit (up to 3 visits per year)
Children: $10.00 per visit (no limit; one week max of summer camp)
All guests need to be accompanied by a club member and must be signed in.
NEW MEMBER APPLICATION PROCESS
We have streamlined the membership process for existing members (the "Proposer") to welcome new members (the "Applicant") to SL&GC. Please see the key steps on how to start the membership process below. Click here to see the full detailed explanation of our membership process. If you have additional questions, please email Dan Szelingowski, Club Manager: email@example.com.