BBC programme mocks single-sex golf clubs

Award-winning satire highlights the issue of gender discrimination in golf

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Tue, 26 Nov 2013

THE BBC SATIRE 'The Revolution Will Be Televised' mocked single-sex golf clubs, specifically targeting clubs that refuse women members.

The stars of the BAFTA-winning programme, Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse, posed as Dutch broadcasters suggesting the men-only policy had sexual connotations.

In the show broadcast on 24 November the opening announcement, with reference to the men-only policy at the 2013 Open Championship venue, read: “In July the British golf Open was held at Muirfield, which requires more than a pair of golf balls to be a member. Is it really gentlemanly to exclude half the population as members of these clubs?”

The pair then visited the host of the 2011 Open Championship, Royal St George's Golf Club in Kent, where they made crude remarks in the clubhouse before being asked to leave the single-sex private members club.

They also went to a number of London men-only golf clubs, such as White’s Gentleman’s Club, Boodle’s Gentleman’s Club, Pratt’s Gentleman’s Club and The Garrick, asking awkward questions such as ‘can we bring women in if they are pets?’

The show follows the announcement that Royal Burgess Golf Club in Edinburgh could lift their ban on female members which will be discussed in a series of meetings with the members and committee.