There are cool whites instead of lush greens, herbal showers instead of holes-in-one and empowering juices not intoxicating malt whiskies on the bar menu.
A sleek health club in central London and Muirfield -- home to golf's 2013 British Open -- might not have much in common but they are agreed on one thing -- they only accept members of a certain sex.
Grace Belgravia is one of a few female private members club in the U.K. while, north of the Scottish border, Muirfield is notorious for its men-only membership code.
Women are invited to play at the historic club as visitors or guests but cannot become members, a policy the club has no plans to change.
But is there still a place in the 21st Century's equality-conscious society for single-gender institutions?
"Why should there not be?" Kate Percival, co-founder of Grace Belgravia told CNN in the club's tranquil environs. "It's not anti-feminist, it's not anti-men.
"It's just a fact that some women, not all women, feel more comfortable in an environment where there are other women around.
Battle of the testosterone
"The women that come here know it's a very relaxing place because the men are not here. This becomes a haven, a sanctuary from the battle of the testosterone."
At Muirfield the "battle of testosterone" will be very much in evidence when golf's oldest major tees off on Thursday and no-one watching the prestigious tournament will be particularly troubled by this primeval male instinct.
But when the Open is awarded to Muirfield -- one of three clubs along with Royal St George's and Royal Troon on the Open rotation which still operate men-only membership policies -- there is always intense criticism.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has publicly pronounced his disapproval of the male-only policy by effectively boycotting the event.
There is a view that holding a global tournament at a club which does not accept female members vindicates Victorian values of patriarchy and keeps women in their place.
But Percival does not necessarily agree -- instead she argues that male-only or female-only policies represent an expression of freedom, not constraint.
"If what people are trying to say is that it is putting women down because they aren't allowed to join, I don't think that's the issue," Percival said.
"If men want to have their own club by all means have their own club, if women want to similarly.
"If some men choose to play golf only with men that is absolutely fine. No-one is forcing anyone to go to an all-male club.
"When Grace Belgravia opened there was just one comment right at the beginning when a journalist said this was anti-feminist.
"I think the point that they were trying to make is that women have striven for hundreds of years to have equality and someone is going backwards by having a women's only club but I just couldn't understand that argument.
"For me, this is really liberating and really being independent of thought, saying no, we want our space because there are lots of issues we want to take up."
Nestled at the back of the19th Century village of Lundin Links is a parkland golf course, home to the Lundin Ladies Golf Club -- which claims to be the oldest female-only golf club in the world and the only one in Scotland.
The club was established in 1891 as a separate entity from the nearby men's club and is now run solely by women as a picturesque place for a game of nine holes. Men can play on the ladies' course but only women can become members.
"It's a nice welcoming environment for ladies getting into golf," club captain Anne Dobie told CNN. "We have beautiful views up to the north."
But with a dwindling number of local ladies that play golf, Dobie concedes that it might be difficult to survive as a single-gender club.