Royal Troon vote yes to allow female members

Two weeks out from the staging of the 145th Open Championship at the club, Royal Troon members have voted “overwhelmingly” at a special meeting to allow women to join.

Having announced back in January that the club would be reviewing its male-only membership, the Scottish golf club reported that admitting female members was supported by over three-quarters of those who participated in a recent consultative process.

Royal Troon Royal Troon will host the 2016 Open Championship (Credit: Royal Troon)

Muirfield Golf Club members voted in May not to admit women as members, prompting the Royal & Ancient (R&A) to immediately withdraw its right to stage future Open Championships. The club are apparently seeking to conduct a new ballot following howls of condemnation at home and abroad.

Royal Troon captain Martin Cheyne said: “We have said a number of times recently that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us.”

“Therefore, I am delighted with the decision taken by Members of Royal Troon this evening and look forward to welcoming women to our great Club.”

“It is the right decision for the Club today, and for the generations of golfers that will follow.”

The decision has been greeted favourably by the game’s governing body, the Royal and Ancient, who released a statement on news of the decision.

“We welcome this decision by the membership at Royal Troon and recognise its significance for the club.”

“Our focus today is very much on The 145th Open in just under two weeks’ time but we can now look forward to many more great Championships at Royal Troon in years to come.”

“Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “A victory for equality and common sense. Well done, Royal Troon. Hopefully Muirfield will follow suit.”