The members of Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland have voted to admit women members to the historic club for the first time.
The club released a statement about the vote on Friday: “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.”
The momentous vote comes just 10 days before the course is set to host the 2016 Open Championship. In May, frequent Open-venue Muirfield took a similar vote, but its members chose not to allow female members, prompting the R&A to pull Muirfield from the British Open rota.
You can read the full statement from Royal Troon here.
A spokesperson for the R&A said that they “welcome” the vote: “Our focus today is very much on The 145th Open in just under two weeks’ time but we can now look forward to many more great Championships at Royal Troon in years to come.”