Muirfield golf club overturns men-only policy

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Women were only welcome at the course and clubhouse as guests and visitors

Muirfield golf club has voted to admit women as members for the first time in its history.

Members at the privately-owned club voted 80.2% in favour of updating their membership policy.

It followed a decision by golf’s ruling body, the R&A, to remove Muirfield as a host venue for the Open Championship after it failed to change in 2016.

The club had required two-thirds of its eligible voters to back admitting women.

Club captain Henry Fairweather announced the result at 11:30.

He had previously described the “disappointment” felt by many members at the result of the 2016 vote, when only 64% of eligible voters supported admitting women.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns and runs Muirfield, had recommended its members update their rules.

Muirfield has staged the Open 16 times and last hosted the event in 2013.

However, following the 2016 vote which failed to overturn the ban on female members, the club was told it would no longer host the event.

Since then the R&A has said that this decision could be reconsidered if the policy changed.

Despite not being able to become members of Muirfield, women had been able to play on the links course and visit the clubhouse as guests and visitors.

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