Muirfield Allows Women to Join – Finally
Scotland’s prestigious Muirfield golf club will finally allow women to join after members changed their minds after the club lost the right to stage the Open championship.
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG), which runs the course, have announced that after a 93% turnout 80% of members voted to finally allow women to become members.
The R&A, which organises the Open championship, immediately stated that Muirfield was back in the rotation to stage the world’s oldest major – the Open Championship.
However, despite the vote there is a lon waiting list to join the club so it may take two or three years until the first woman actually joins.
Henry Fairweather, the HCEG captain, stated: “This is a significant decision for a club which was founded in 1744 and retains many of the values and aspirations of its founding members. We look forward to welcoming women as members who will enjoy, and benefit from, the great traditions and friendly spirit of this remarkable club.”
The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, also commented on the decision, tweeting: “Well done, Muirfield – decision to admit women members emphatic & the right one. Look forward to seeing you host the Open again in future.”