This year's Open venue votes to allow women to join

Royal Troon's patrons have overwhelmingly agreed to scrap their male-only policy

Royal Troon

A view of the clubhouse at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, as members attend a special general meeting to vote on the club's male-only membership policy. Picture by: Jane Barlow / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The venue for this year's Open Championship has voted in favour of allowing women to join the club.

Royal Troon's patrons have overwhelmingly agreed to scrap their male-only policy at a special general meeting this evening.

In a statement, the club captain Dr. Martin Cheyne said: "We have said a number of times recently that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us. Therefore, I am delighted with the decision taken by Members of Royal Troon this evening and look forward to welcoming women to our great Club. It is the right decision for the Club today, and for the generations of golfers that will follow.

"Tonight, we turn our attention to jointly hosting the 145th Open Championship with our great friends at The Ladies Golf Club, Troon. We can now all be focused on golf and showcasing this wonderful club and golf course to the huge global audience that this most prestigious Championship commands.

"I am grateful for the support of many people, including Scottish Golf – the game’s governing body in Scotland - for its unswerving support and to my Vice-Captain and fellow members of the Committee. I pay special thanks to the Members who turned out tonight for an important discussion and the right decision for Royal Troon Golf Club."

This year's Open at Royal Troon will begin on July 14th.