The issue has split the world of Scottish golf, with several women players deeply critical of “entrenched” sexist attitudes in the sport towards their participation.
Writing anonymously in Golfworld magazine under the name Holly, a single-digit handicap player and long-time member of two Scottish clubs said: “In the more historic and entrenched clubs there is still a resistance. At those, I am regularly asked why I’m not home doing the cooking and the cleaning. That would be funny if those men were joking. The older generation is dominated by dyed-in-the-wool misogynists.
“Disappointingly, albeit from a small number, I still see chauvinism in younger male golfers. Mostly though, the juniors and younger boys are far more advanced when it comes to gender equality.”
Writing about Muirfield, Holly added: “The course is great, but the club not so much. That it required the second vote to allow female members hints to what women are walking into. However, there is a principle at stake.”
The renovated Muirfield Clubhouse, which was originally built in 1891, houses an enviable display of the sport’s history and memorabilia. This includes the ’13 Rules of Golf’,the earliest known written rules of the game, which were drafted by the club in March 1744.