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It's about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

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The very last time I played Royal Troon, after my round, I walked into the Pro Shop and asked the Pro, “Why do they not allow women to play Royal Troon?”  His answer is the reason I have never played there since.  “We have to keep them in their place, Laddie.” 

Honestly, that is what he said.  I’m glad my wife was not standing nearby, or she might have been arrested for slugging the Pro.  I walked out of there vowing never to take my group to Royal Troon ever again.

Well, things change, and the future of golf looks brighter as Royal Troon now brings about a change in its policy towards women.  And I, for one, am thrilled!

James Corrigan of “The Telegraph”  Give us the latest on this issue.

The Open Championship has taken another step towards what, for golf, should be considering this is the enlightened age. 

Troon is one of only three courses on the 10-strong Open roster with male-only memberships, but its position became untenable after the Royal and Ancient, the game’s governing body, voted last September to welcome female members into its own exclusive sanctum.

On the heels of that decision, Muirfield and Royal St George’s both announced that they were looking into their membership policies, with the latter voting later this year whether to follow the R&A’s lead. If it, or indeed Muirfield, wish to stage another Open it is clear they have little option.

With neither due to host until the next decade, these clubs have time to deconstruct hundreds of years of discriminative history. Troon, however, has no such luxury and it is understood that it was under pressure from the R&A to act and to act quickly. 

This is something of a U-Turn by Royal Troon, which always considered itself different from other male-other clubs.

When the R&A’s dual-sex intent became known, the club informed the Telegraph that it had “no plans” to change policy, with the then secretary, David Brown, adding: “Although we are a single gender club, some 370 members of the Ladies Golf Club, Troon do, in fact, share our on-course facilities”.

Unfortunate and rather scandalous. But Royal Troon has also announced that the Ladies Golf Club will play an unprecedented part in next year’s Open. Members of both clubs have formed a joint Championship Committee. It will be the first time in the 155-year history of the Open that two clubs will share the responsibility of staging the championship.

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

Royal Troon captain Bob Martin said: “Royal Troon Golf Club has hosted the Open on eight occasions since 1923 and in 2016 we will share this responsibility with The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon as joint hosts of the 145th Open Championship.

The clubs enjoy a close working relationship and we look forward to hosting a successful Open here in 2016.”

The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon captain, Sara-Ann Bottomley added: “Both clubs take immense pride in the Old Course at Troon and it is thrilling to share the honour of hosting the Open and the joint responsibility for delivering the event.”

It's about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

Source: The Telegraph   James Corrigan

Pictures : easy locum   Dan Perry  Dee Rambeau

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