WOMEN MEMBERS WELCOME AT MUIRFIELD
14 March 2017, Gullane: Members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club, have voted in
favour of women as Members of the Club.
A two-thirds majority of those who voted was required to make the
change that has immediate effect. The result of the postal ballot of members, independently scrutinised by Electoral Reform Services, was 498
votes (80.2%) in favour of change, 123 votes (19.8%) against.
621 votes were counted, a 92.7% turnout. The Club owns and plays
HCEG Captain, Henry Fairweather said:
“This is a significant decision for a Club which was founded in
1744 and retains many of the values and aspirations of its founding
"We look forward to welcoming women as members who will
enjoy, and benefit from, the great traditions and friendly spirit of
this remarkable Club”.
The current waiting list for membership at Muirfield suggests that
new candidates for membership, women and men, can expect to
wait two to three years, or longer, to become a Member of the Club.
Muirfield’s position in golf is reflected in the fact that of the
current courses that host The Open only the Old Course in St
Andrews has staged golf’s oldest Major on more occasions.
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