Open Championship venue Royal St George's has voted to allow women members for the first time in its history.

A statement from the club read: "The Royal St George's Golf Club is pleased to announce that, following an extraordinary general meeting held on 14th February 2015 and a subsequent ballot of the full members of the Club, a resolution to alter the Club's rules to make ladies eligible for membership has been duly passed.

"Under the Club's rules, the resolution would only be passed if it obtained the support of three-quarters of the votes cast on the ballot. More than 81 per cent of the full members took part in the ballot and a decisive 90 per cent voted in favour of ladies being eligible for membership.

"The alteration of the Club's rules has immediate effect and the Club looks forward to welcoming ladies as junior and full members."

Royal St George's had been one of three clubs on the Open rota with a male-only membership policy. Muirfield and Royal Troon are the other two courses to have male-only membership policies.


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