SNOOTY Muirfield golf club has finally “invited” women to become members for the first time in 275 years.
Muirfield in Edinburgh, the world’s oldest golf club which has hosted 16 Opens, was kicked off the rota for holding golf’s oldest major after it failed to change its men-only policy in 2016.
Members originally voted not to allow women but that decision was overturned after another vote a year later.
Now some 12 women have been invited to take up membership from July 1.
Alistair Campbell, captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, said: “It is my great pleasure to announce that 12 women have been formally invited to join the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers this month.
“This marks a milestone in the club’s illustrious history, and we look forward to welcoming all of our new members to share in the great values and traditions of our club.”
Individuals who are invited to become members of the club must first be proposed and seconded by existing members and five referees.
Club members are then invited to write for or against those put forward.
The 12 women, two of whom are from overseas, according to the Edinburgh Evening News, are now through to the final stage of the approval process.
More to follow.