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Muirfield to hold postal ballot for admitting female members


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February 15, 2016

One of the most prestigious golf clubs in the world might change its men's-only member status.

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield is sending out a postal ballot regarding the admittance of female members. According to the Sunday Times, this voting format will increase the odds of the measure passing, encouraging more members to participate in the vote.

Muirfield has come under increased scrutiny for its men's-only policy. Laura Davies has been critical of the country's slow progress on the issue. In 2013, she recalled her treatment at the 1984 Curtis Cup at Muirfield as a negative experience.

"We weren't allowed in certain parts of the clubhouse and yet we were playing in one of the biggest amateur women's tournaments you could possibly play in. It's one of those things, but was a bit weird, I have to say."

Another vocal critic has been former Scotland first minister Alex Salmond. A big golf fan, Salmond boycotted the 2013 Open, saying "I just think it's indefensible in the 21st Century not to have a golf club that's open to all."

Muirfield has hosted the Open Championship 16 times -- behind only the Old Course at St. Andrews and Prestwick.