breaking news

Man shot in West Palm Beach mobile home park

Scotland's Muirfield Golf Club will let women join. It only took 273 years.


After 273 years, Muirfield, the venerable Scottish golf club that has 16 times hosted the British Open, will allow women to become members.

The decision, approved by just more than 80 percent of the club's members, comes a little less than a year after they voted to continue to restrict membership to men. That vote carried a significant repercussion: it was taken out of rotation for hosting the Open. It was a decision that Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called "indefensible."

"Well done, Muirfield - decision to admit women members emphatic and the right one," Sturgeon tweeted Tuesday. "Look forward to seeing you host the Open again in future."

The club last hosted the Open in 2013. The earliest it can host is 2022.

"We look forward to welcoming women as members who will enjoy, and benefit, from the great traditions and friendly spirit of this remarkable club," said Henry Fairweather, captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers that owns and operates Muirfield.

The historic decision came by a 498-123 vote on the second ballot.

The R&A, which organizes the Open, quickly restored Muirfield's eligibility as a tournament host. "It is extremely important for us in staging one of the world's great sporting events that women can become members at all of our host clubs," Martin Slumbers, the group's chief executive, said in a statement. "Muirfield is a truly outstanding Open venue and we very much look forward to taking the Championship back there in the future."

Women will not immediately become members, though. "The current waiting list for membership at Muirfield suggests that new candidates for membership, women and men, can expect to wait two to three years, or longer, to become a member of the club," the HGEC said in a statement.

Last year, the Telegraph reported that 33 Muirfield traditionalists sent a letter to other members that said lifting the 272-year ban on female members would have an adverse effect on the club:

"Our special nature - 'a gentleman's club where golf is played' - is quite unique with its fraternity built inter alia on foursomes play with a round taking only the same time as lunch and leaving enough time for a further round after lunch (even in mid winter).

The letter also expressed concern about the club's lunch arrangements and said that any female member is "bound to feel uncomfortable."

Muirfield and Royal Troon were the only two clubs in the British Open rotation not to admit women and Troon, which hosted the 2016 Open, voted to admit women last July.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Did the Miami Dolphins address their Top 10 offseason priorities?
Did the Miami Dolphins address their Top 10 offseason priorities?

Jarvis Landry and the Miami Dolphins have yet to work out a new deal. (Bill Ingram/The Post) One day after the Miami Dolphins were thrashed in a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Daily Dolphin outlined what needed to be the “ Top 10 Offseason Priorities” for a franchise that had exceeded expectations,...
There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins
There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins

When running back Chris Thompson lines up in the backfield, the fourth-year veteran keys on only a few words out of the plethora barked by quarterback Kirk Cousins. Once he hears them, like "all go" or "steamer," Thompson instinctively shuts out everything else. It's how Thompson, the Redskins' reliable third-down back, memorizes...
RB Washington powers Pahokee past Park Vista in preseason HS football

Big plays made the difference and Park Vista coach Brian Dodds knew it, even in defeat. “We gave up big plays in the second half that cost us,” Dodds said of the two Pahokee touchdowns that helped power the Blue Devils past the Cobras 20-14 Friday night at Park Vista. Running back Jatarie Washington made the first of those touchdowns, taking...
Palm Beach Gardens, Oxbridge, Suncoast post HS football preseason wins
Palm Beach Gardens, Oxbridge, Suncoast post HS football preseason wins

Palm Beach Gardens 19, Sunrise- Piper 7: David Studstill’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Jake Hockenson helped the Gators get past the Bengals at American Heritage High School. Oxbridge Academy 55, Lake Worth 12: Josh Pierre-Louis ran for a 45-yard touchdown in the third quarter as the ThunderWolves pummeled the Trojans in Lake Worth. Suncoast 43...
Wellington defense holds off Boynton Beach to preserve 14-12 win

It’s not a secret that Wellington’s pass-oriented offense is capable of scoring in bunches, but it was a stout defense that enabled the Wolverines to hang on to a 14-12 mistake-filled win Friday night against visiting Boynton Beach in a preseason Kickoff Classic game. Wellington’s defense came up with two key stops on two-point attempts...
More Stories