The Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent, which has hosted the Open Championships 14 times, including the last time in 2011, has unanimously lifted its ban on female members. No less than 90% of members voted in favour of altering the rules as a little over 81 % of the members took part in the voting.
Dame Laura Davies, who recently became one of the first women members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said it was good to see the Kent club following suit.
“It would seem to be the correct thing for a club that hosts a big sporting event such as the Open,” she said.
The club, 14-times a host to The Open Championship, issued a statement saying it looked forward to welcoming ladies as junior and full members. More than 81% of the club’s members took part in the ballot.
“It is extremely good news going forward,” said Tim Checketts, Secretary at Royal St George’s. “It’s such a great course that it deserves to hold prestigious golf events and I’m sure that this will ensure its long future in doing so.”
Two remaining Open venues in Scotland have male-only membership policies – Muirfield in East Lothian and Royal Troon in South Ayrshire, which has separate men’s and women’s clubs. Towards the end of January, Royal Troon had announced it would “shortly undertake a comprehensive review to consider the most appropriate membership policy for the future”.