Royal Troon Golf Club is set to remain men-only by the time it hosts this year’s Open Championship, despite pressure on the club to change its policy, according to reports.
It was thought that pressure on the club from members of both the UK and Scottish governments for Royal Troon Golf Club to end its men-only policy ahead of the Open Championship would pay dividents but reports suggest that this will not be the case.
Instead, according to The Scotsman, The R&A has said the event will be staged by two golf clubs: the all-male Royal Troon and the all-female The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon; the first time two clubs have jointly hosted the Open in its history.
Nonetheless the event can probably expect the same wave of negative publicity that cast a shadow over the 2013 visit to Muirfield and left Slumbers’ predecessor, Peter Dawson, close to tearing out his hair in frustration on the eve of the event,’ reports the paper.
The R&A has stated that Royal Troon is currently undertaking a process to review its membership policy, but added that any change is unlikely to be carried out before the Open tees off this July.
In the last year Open Championship host Royal St George’s in Kent passed a motion to make ladies eligible for membership and in 2014 The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, home to the The R&A, voted to end its male-only policy after 260 years.
Credit- Golf Club Management