Former President Barack Obama has joined the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., according to a letter the club sent members this week.

"We have received official word from Mr. Obama of his acceptance to our invitation," Club President John Williams wrote in the Oct. 4 letter, according to the Washingtonian. "Since we opened our doors in 1898, we have welcomed as members, sitting Vice Presidents, former Presidents of the United States, leaders of Congress, and members of the executive branch, the military and Washington's diplomatic corps. The addition of President Obama will continue that tradition."

The club's Board of Governors sent Obama a letter this week that included an offer of "honorary membership," which is reserved for distinguished guests.

The elite social and sporting club comes with a hefty price tag. To join the exclusive club, members must pay a golfer initiation fee of $80,000 and $6,300 in annual dues, according to an ad placed by the club.

The club did not return requests for comment Friday morning about whether Obama will have to pay these fees.

The golf club is a six-mile drive north from the Obamas' residence in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood.

Obama regularly golfed at the Air Force Andrews Base and the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., during his two terms in office. He already belongs to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., which he joined in May.