It’s no surprise that the United Kingdom's Muirfield golf club in has lost its British Open status over discrimination, considering it tells female executives to eat in the kitchen because women are not allowed in the clubhouse.
A ballot of the club’s 750 members was held after a two-year deliberation process to change its membership policies. Women are currently allowed to play on the golf course but cannot enter the clubhouse or become a member.
The decision came after the golf club failed to reach the required two-thirds majority in votes that would have granted membership to females.
Consequently, soon after the vote count, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews issued a statement saying the venue would immediately be removed from the British Open rotation.
“We have consistently said that it is a matter for the Honourable Company to conduct a review of its membership policy and that we would await their decision,” the statement reads. “The Open is one of the world’s great sporting events and going forward we will not stage the championship at a venue that does not admit women as members… Given the schedule for staging the Open, it would be some years before Muirfield would have been considered to host the championship again.”
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The golf club has been rife with controversy ever since it was chosen to host the Open in 2013, despite its archaic rules.
But a "no" campaign by a group of 33 male members presumably had a bigger impact on the votes.
A letter that was part of the campaign states why accepting women would create “difficulties” and “inevitable risk” for other members and advised the male member to think things out very carefully before voting.
The removal of the Scottish golf course name from the British Open rotations means only one club left on the list still turns down women.
The Royal Troon, which is going to host this year’s tournament in July, is the only other all-male golf club that still maintains the policy, but it confirmed earlier this week that their 800 members were regarding the possibility of allowing female members.
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