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Royal Burgess votes to allow female members

12.47pm 16th March 2020 - Courses

Members of the Royal Burgess Golfing Society, the oldest golf club in the world, have voted to allow women to join for the first time in its 285-year history.

The Edinburgh-based club, which was founded in 1735, opened its doors to women members following a vote at the club’s annual general meeting held on March 12.

According to a report in The Edinburgh News, The club said 83 per cent of its members had backed the change, which will see the membership open up on April 1.

In a statement, the club said: “The captain and council of the Royal Burgess Golfing Society are pleased to announce that, at the annual general meeting of the society, the resolution to open its membership was passed.

As the world’s oldest golf club, the society enjoys a position of leadership in Scottish and world golf, including the promotion of golf at junior level. The society looks forward to welcoming an open and diverse membership, affording everyone the chance to be part of its ongoing success. The society believes that a more open membership will enhance and strengthen the club’s proud relationship with the city.”

Captain Bill Mattocks said: “This historic decision demonstrates the club’s recognition of the importance of embracing equality. We look forward to welcoming many new members over the coming years and to share what our fine society has to offer with them.”

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