Tom Brady may have run into a defense, in the uber-exclusive The Country Club of Brookline, he won’t be able to dominate.
The New England Patriots quarterback and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, have reportedly applied for membership in the very private club that covers 236 acres in the leafy Boston suburb of Brookline that the famous couple and their kids call home. The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that membership for the glitzy duo is not a sure thing.
In addition to wondering about the "values" of Brady, whose DeflateGate scandal looms over the four-time Super Bowl champion, the 1,300 TCC members are not wild about the flash and renown the couple would bring to their staid fairways and clubhouse.
"I don’t know what they’ll do about Brady," a Boston businessperson told the Globe, "The Country Club believes your name should appear in the newspaper just two times: When you’re born and when you die." DeflateGate has apparently ignited more media coverage than they would like of their members.
One "longtime member" confirmed the club's selectivity by citing a "no thugs" standard.
"We like it that way," she said. "We don't want any thugs at the club."
This member did, however, tell the Globe that the couple seemed nice and that she would not blackball a Brady application for her own special reasons.
"I would support them, yes," she said. "My husband isn't around to gawk at Gisele, but if Tom Brady wants to come home with me, he can do that anytime."
Brady’s a well-known golf enthusiast who has played the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on a number of occasions and earlier this year teed it up with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at Augusta National. His game also earned rave reviews in the Bahamas from 2011 PGA champion (and admitted Brady fanboy) Keegan Bradley.
Officials at 133-year-old The Country Club, rated 19th on Golf Digest’s roster of America’s greatest golf courses, do not comment on membership matters. That’s probably a wise decision since, as the Globe noted, the old Yankee establishment only admitted its first Jewish member in the 1970s, granted full membership to women for the first time in 1989 and did not admit African-Americans until 1994.
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