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Women, know your place

Just in case you thought it couldn’t get more exciting being a woman, things have got a little swingier.

Because we’re now *allowed* to play golf. With men. Muirfield in Scotland, one of the world’s oldest golf clubs has just overturned its ban on women becoming members. It was one of the last true, enormous, shirt-with-a-collar, open-air man caves in the world. Sorry in the West. Nearly forgot all about Saudi Arabia there. And the rest. Silly me. Women, eh?

The club has taken the pioneering step of opening its doors to the female sex. You can actually become a member. A full member. Not just cocktails at the club with your man member. You can play. The ground is breaking.

Before you rush to apply, they don’t really want you there, with your periods (och) and your being girly at golf (aye). When they had a similar vote last year, 36% of members voted no to women. They only agreed to let women into the club after its sexism lost it the right to hold the Open championship.

The club’s captain commented, “This is a significant decision for a club which was founded in 1744 and retains many of the values and aspirations of its founding members.” He went on (not exactly gushingly), “We look forward to welcoming women as members who will enjoy and benefit from the great traditions and friendly spirit of this remarkable club.”Not that friendly, guys. Not that friendly.

So don’t slip your tassle-y shoes on just yet, ladies. Women will have to join the back of the queue says the club. There’s such a long waiting list for membership (of course there is) that it’ll be years until the first woman joins and contaminates this sacred space.

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