English Golf Courses

ST George's votes to let women join

Open host venue follows Royal and Ancient GC in changing its membership policy

Royal St George's has voted to admit women members for the first time in its history.

In a move that mirrors the landmark decision by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews last September, England’s most used Open host venue has agreed to do away with its single-gender policy.

A statement released from the golf club read: “The Royal St George’s Golf Club is pleased to announce that, following an extraordinary general meeting held on 14th February 2015 and a subsequent ballot of the full members of the Club, a resolution to alter the Club’s rules to make ladies eligible for membership has been duly passed.

DECISIVE

“Under the Club’s rules, the resolution would only be passed if it obtained the support of three-quarters of the votes cast on the ballot. More than 81 per cent of the full members took part in the ballot and a decisive 90 per cent voted in favour of ladies being eligible for membership.

“The alteration of the Club’s rules has immediate effect and the Club looks forward to welcoming ladies as junior and full members.”

Royal St George’s decision means that Royal Troon and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield) are the only remaining male-only golf clubs on the Open Championship rota, although that, too, could change.

Royal Troon, host venue for the 2016 Open, has already confirmed it will “undertake a comprehensive review to consider the most appropriate membership policy for the future”, whilst Muirfield is also thought to be close to a decision on its future.

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