Muirfield golf club admits women members after 273 years

Muirfield golf club admits women members after 273 years

Rory McIlroy is in no rush to share a cup of tea with the members of Muirfield, labelling the level of opposition to women joining the club as "horrendous".

"Muirfield wouldn't be one of my favorite Open rota courses, so no matter the decision yesterday, if it had been kept off The Open rota, I wouldn't have been that unhappy", said McIlroy, who missed the cut at Muirfield in 2013.

"In this day and age, where you've got women that are the leaders of certain industries and women that are heads of state, and not to be able to join a golf course?"

Earlier this week, Muirfield voted in in favour of admitting female members for the first time, with 498 people out of 621 backing the change.

Other courses on the Open rota have voted to allow women members, with St Andrews, Royal St George's and Royal Troon doing so since 2014, but until this week, Muirfield, the world's oldest recorded golf club, held out against change. I mean, I just don't get it.

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Responding to Tuesday's announcement, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "Well done, Muirfield - decision to admit women members emphatic and the right one". "We look forward to welcoming women as members who will enjoy, and benefit from, the great traditions and friendly spirit of this remarkable club". I still think that it got to this stage is horrendous, he said. "Like, it's ridiculous. So they sort of saw sense". I don't have to go into the clubhouse. "Muirfield is a truly outstanding Open venue and we very much look forward to taking the championship back there in future".

However great the move is, women will have to wait for almost two-three years because the current waiting list is bound to take that long to exhaust.

Her story highlights the golfer's determination to become one of the best players in the world, in spite of the barriers she faced as a woman in a male dominated sport.

"It will help make the golf course notice that if they want to have a place like that in the Olympics as a venue, then they have to change". "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", the HGEC said in a statement.

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