Golf…the last bastion May 20, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
Amazing decision by Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland not to admit women members.
The Guardian had apiece on it which reported ….
Revealing the depth of hostility felt by some Muirfield traditionalists towards the admission of women, it emerged that a group of about 30 members had written anonymously to fellow golfers before a ballot, urging them to reject the change.
The letter argued that “a traditional resistance to change is one of the foundations of our unique position in golf and our reputation”, and stated that “the introduction of lady members is bound to create difficulties”, suggesting that women’s presence would “endanger foursomes and speedy play”.
It went on: “Our special nature – ‘a gentleman’s club where golf is played’ – is quite unique with its fraternity built inter alia on foursomes play with a round taking only the same time as lunch and leaving enough time for a further round after lunch (even in mid-winter).”
It has been punished by the R and A by the fact that Muirfield will no longer be considered to host the open and yet …….
Royal Troon, which will host this year’s Open in July, is the only other male-only Scottish club on the tournament’s rota, and it is undertaking a review of its own membership policy. Royal Troon shares its facilities with Troon Ladies, and will host the Open jointly with the women’s club.
Many moons ago in a previous job it was decided for various reasons for Tuesday Lunchtime be women only in the gym….. It didn’t bother me as I had never darkened it’s door but a number of people felt excluded. One gent went to HR asking for a ‘Whites Only’ day and the policy of The Tuesday was instantly dropped.