The World’s Oldest Golf Club Allows Female Members to Be Put Back Into Rotation to Host British Open
Scotland's Muirfield Golf Club, founded in 1744, had its second vote in the last 10 months, and the two-thirds majority voted to admit women into Edinburgh's exclusive club.
Last vote, 64 percent of men voted to add women, which did not fulfill the two-third majority requirement. But this vote, 498 of the 621 members voted for and have now succeeded to admit women.
"I think that's great," Danny Willet, reigning Masters champion, said on Tuesday. "I think it shows how times have changed. It shows how golf’s changed."
The New York Times reports that Muirfield members would rather include women and share membership with the "occasional" woman than be excluded from hosting a British Open.
Muirfield is one of the last clubs to exclude women. Augusta National Golf Club included female membership in 2012, the Royal and Ancient Gold Club of St. Andrews opened its doors to women in 2014, the Royal St. George's opened to women in 2015, and in 2016, Royal Troon started to allow women as well, The New York Times reports.
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