Muirfield to announce results of vote to admit women in March

Muirfield is slated to announce next month whether the club’s antiquated male-only policy has come to an end.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, owners of the club, voted in May to continue to deny women full membership.

Amid backlash from all corners, Muirfield was stricken from the The Open Championship rota. The obvious expectation is that if Muirfield has voted to admit female members, the R&A will return the club to the rotation.

The club recently convened for a second vote. And, keeping us in suspense, the Honourable Company announced Thursday the results of that vote won’t be made public until the middle of March.

“Voting in favor of the resolution to admit women as members is recommended, unanimously, by the captain, captain nominate, and the club committee of the Honourable Company.”

Honourable Company

It would be unfair to cast the entire membership as beating back against the tide of progress. Policy votes at Muirfield require a two-thirds majority for ratification. During the May vote, 36 percent of the 616 members were against admitting women. Obviously, had that number been 32 percent, we’d be having a very different conversation and, perhaps, lauding the club for joining the modern age.

Regardless, as Augusta National’s 2012 admission of its first female members firmly symbolized, the days of the all-male club are over.

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The Open has been contested at Muirfield 16 times as far back as 1892. Phil Mickelson broke through to capture his first Champion Golfer of the Year honors at the 2013 edition.

Times are changing and as all-male clubs become a thing of the past, take a look at how women on the cover of Golf Digest has evolved over the years (it’s only gotten worse):