The world's oldest golf club finally accepts women as members

Famous Scottish golf club allows women to become members at its annual meeting...

Andy Roberts's picture
Mon, 16 Mar 2020

The world’s oldest golf club Royal Burgess Golfing Society has finally decided it is time to allow women members. 

The historic club in Edinburgh approved a resolution by 83% to open membership to women at its annual meeting last week.

Regulations will change at the club from April 1, 2020. 

The club had attempted a similar proposal in 2014, but it did not receive the necessary backing. 

Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh is a Scottish golf club that holds claim to be the oldest golfing society in the world as it was instituted in 1735, which was 19 years before 'The Home of Golf' St Andrews.

The club is a members only track but it does welcome visitors. 

"The captain and council of the Royal Burgess Golfing Society are pleased to announce that, at the annual general meeting of the society on Thursday 12th March, the resolution to open its membership was passed," read the club's statement. 

“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 history of the club and that of the City of Edinburgh are woven together. The society believes that a more open membership will enhance and strengthen the club’s proud relationship with the city.”

RBGS 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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