Royal Troon Consults Members on Allowing Women to Join Club

Royal Troon Consults Members on Allowing Women to Join Club

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18. Royal Troon Golf Club -- No. 8: Par 3, 123 yards -- Troon, ScotlandAnother sterling example that you don't need length to make a hole tough -- or great -- this tiny terror was coined "Postage Stamp" by Willie Park Jr. 100 or so years ago when he wrote that the hole had "a pitching surface skimmed down to the size of a postage stamp." Few have been able to lick the Stamp since, except for Gene Sarazen, who at age 71, competing in the 1973 Open, ripped a 5-iron into the wind for an ace in Round 1, then holed a bunker shot for a deuce in Round 2. At age 21, Tiger Woods wasn't so lucky in the 1997 event. His drop shot successfully carried the gully, but missed the long, narrow green that practically melts into the side of a vast sandhill on the left. Tiger found one of the five bunkers that ring the green, failed to escape and ultimately three-putted for a triple. As a hole that both tempts and traumatizes players of all abilities and ages, Postage Stamp gets my "must-play" seal of approval.
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TROON, Scotland (AP) Royal Troon Golf Club, the host of this year’s British Open, is consulting members on whether its male-only membership policy should end.

Troon says it has written to its 800 members ”seeking views on the issue of the admission of women members.”

Troon official Martin Cheyne says ”we care very much for the reputation of Royal Troon Golf Club and it is important that the club, much like the wider game, reflects the modern society in which we exist.”

Royal Troon, formed in 1878, is sharing the responsibility of hosting next year’s British Open with The Ladies Golf Club in Troon that uses its facilities.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews decided in 2014 to open its membership to women after 260 years of male exclusivity.

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