About AFC

Arlington Forest Club (AFC) is a self-owned swim and tennis club, situated on over three and one half acres, conveniently located off Carlin Springs Road between George Mason Drive and Arlington Boulevard.

AFC is owned by the 675 families who have purchased membership certificates.

The Arlington Forest Club is open to all people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, handicap or political affiliation.


Becoming a Member

Available Memberships

AFC has 675 permanent memberships are currently issued to the community. From time to time, memberships do come available.   

Applying for Membership and Waitlist

At the present time, there are over 500 individuals/families on the waitlist for membership. To be added to the waitlist, please complete the membership application.

Priority Area and Membership Waitlist Duration

Club bylaws provide for priority to applications from residents of Arlington Forest Community, Barcroft, Glen Carlyn, Bon Air, and other area within the priority area boundaries. See the priority map below for more detail on the boundaries. 

Once an individual or family has applied for membership, the estimated* waitlist time to be able to obtain a permanent membership is as follows:

In Priority Area?
Member Type
Waitlist Duration
Member Type
Waitlist Duration
Summer Member
6-8 Years
Full Member
8-10 Years
Summer Member
10-12 Years
Full Member
12-14 Years

* - Waitlist durations are estimates and represent no guarantee of actual wait times.

The Membership Process

Once an individual/family has been added to the waitlist, they will remain on the waitlist until a summer rental membership becomes available.


Once an individual/family has become a full summer rental member, they will remain summer rental members until a permanent membership certificate becomes available for purchase.


Membership Process Changes due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, in 2020 AFC did not offer either full summer rental memberships or August/September memberships.  Rather, AFC offered a limited number of partial summer rental memberships, at a discounted price, to those on the waitlist who were comfortable using the club during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Not all of those who were offered a partial summer rental membership in 2020 will be offered a 2021 full summer rental membership.

The number of rental or permanent memberships that the Club is able to offer each year depends on the number of current members that decide to rent or sell their memberships.


The purpose of a summer rental membership is to provide potential members with an opportunity to experience the club prior to making the financial commitment to become an owner. Individuals/ families who have been offered a summer rental membership and who are interested in pursuing membership should start to budget/plan for the purchase of the membership certificate. Once a membership becomes available, the individual/family on the summer rental will be required to purchase such certificate in order to continue membership at AFC; AFC does not have permanent summer rental memberships.

In addition to the summer rental memberships and permanent memberships, the Club also offers August/September memberships to 40 individuals/families on the waitlist. August/September memberships are usually offered a year or two before a summer rental membership becomes available.


Cost of Membership

New Membership Certificate Fees


The fee schedule for a new membership certificate is as follows.

Initiation Fee
Base Membership Fee
Capital Improvement Fee*
Total Initial Membership Fees
Final Certificate Value
$ 225
$ 3,375
$ 0
$ 3,600
$ 3,375

* - Capital Improvement Fee was for a member-voted annual certificate fee increase to pay for the construction of our new bath house facilities.  The final annual certificate increase will be assessed in calendar year 2020. 


Annual Dues

The fee schedule for annual dues based on member class for the 2021 season is as follows.

Member Type
Annual Dues
Annual Due Date
Capital Improvement Fee*
Capital Improvement Due Date
Total Annual Cost
Full Member
$ 650
May 1st
$ 0
$ 650
Summer Member
$ 700
May 1st
$ 700

* - Capital Improvement Fee was for a member-voted annual certificate fee increase to pay for the construction of our new bath house facilities.  The final annual certificate increase will be assessed in calendar year 2020. 


Applying for Membership

A individual interested in a membership can apply at any time. Some informational disclosures are below.   

Member Endorsement

An application should be endorsed by a current AFC member.  If you do not currently know an AFC member, you can provide us this information after your application submission.

Application Fee

There is a a non-refundable application fee of $50.

No Guarantee

This application is subject to review of the Board of Directors and the right to refuse 
application is reserved.


Upon application acceptance it is subject to the waitlist durations as outlined above. 

Club Rules

If accepted for membership, the undersigned hereby agrees that if accepted she/he/they and his/her/their dependents will abide by all the rules and by-laws of the club.


Arlington Forest Club (AFC) is a self-owned swim and tennis club that depends on members to volunteer their services.


Selling Your Membership

At any time a member may sell their membership back to the club.

Upon receipt of a completed Request to Sell Membership form, AFC will issue a check made payable to the certificate holder(s) for the residual value of the membership certificate less any appropriate fees due. Residual value is equal to the cash value of the certificate at the time of member certificate sale. Fees due are equal to a $50 certificate transfer fee plus any other amounts owed to the club by the member at the time of certificate sale.

Membership Transfer

If a request has been made to transfer the certificate to a specific person or persons, upon approval by the Club Board, the proposed new member(s) will be contacted by the Club. If the proposed new member(s) are not on the waitlist, they and will have 30 days to complete an application.   The proposed member(s) will also have 30 days to pay appropriate new member initiation and certificate fees. 

If the proposed new member(s) are not approved by the Board or choose not to accept membership, the certificate will be sold to the person/family at the top of the waitlist.


eSoft Membership Portal

AFC uses a 3rd party membership system, eSoft, to manage certain aspects of the club's operations. eSoft is used by club staff to manage member daily admittance, and is used by members to manage various aspects of club finances and services such as the following:

  • Certificate Payments

  • Annual Dues Payments

  • Lessons and Classes

  • Guest Passes

  • AFC Bucks