The last bastions of gender discrimination in the modern Open Championship rota are changing their ways. Count Royal St. George’s as the latest club in the rotation to announce it will end the practice of having only male members.
Over 90 percent of voting members supported the measure to change the 128-year-old policy, according to a club announcement. Royal St. George’s, which has hosted the Open 14 times and last did when Darren Clarke won in 2011, had been one of three all-male clubs in the Open rotation.
Muirfield and Royal Troon remain the men-only clubs in the rotation, but both are expected to follow suit in allowing female members. Muirfield has already announced it is exploring a similar measure. Troon has said it will present the 2016 Open as a joint venture of its male membership and its women’s society, with the insinuation that it will admit women as members before the championship.