ROYAL Troon Golf Club, the host of this year’s British Open, is set to end its male-only subscription policy after more than 3 quarters of members in a survey backed allowing women.
Troon said in a statement on Wednesday that its committee will propose at a July 1 conference that its membership grants approval for female members to join.
Recently we spoke about the need for our club to reflect the modern society in which we exist and I am delighted that a big majority of members who responded to our study concur and support opening the club to women, Troon’s club captain Martin Cheyne said.
Expecting the Open Championship, we desire Scotland to be happy with Royal Troon Golf Club and the Ladies Golf Club, Troon as we jointly host these most prestigious competitors in front of a worldwide audience. Royal Troon, formed in 1878, is sharing the duty of hosting next year s British Open with The Ladies Golf Club in Troon that uses its facilities.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews chose in 2014 to open its membership to women after 260 years of male exclusivity.
Muirfield was banned last month from hosting the British Open after its membership didn’t authorize female members signing up with.
The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield, announced its choice to keep the club s male-only policy following a tally of its members. A two-thirds majority was needed for change. From 616 members who voted, 36 per cent protested allowing women.
Within minutes, the Royal and Ancient, which runs the British Open, stated Muirfield was off the list of 10 courses that can host golf’s earliest major championship.
Golfers past and present backed the R & A’s position.