Gullane - Muirfield intends to stage another vote on whether to admit female
members after being stripped of its right to host the British Open.
Scottish club failed in May to get the two-thirds majority required of
its membership to change its policy, drawing disapproval from across
Now the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns
Muirfield, will seek approval from its membership to hold a fresh postal
vote before the end of the year which could lead to the club returning
to the British Open rota.
"A substantial majority of our members
voted for change and many have voiced their disappointment with the
ballot result and with subsequent events," Henry Fairweather, captain of
the HCEG, said on Monday.
"The club committee believes that a
clear and decisive vote in favor of admitting women as members is
required to enable us to begin the task of restoring the reputation of
the club that has been damaged by the earlier ballot outcome."
Muirfield has staged the British Open 16 times dating to 1892, most recently in 2013 when Phil Mickelson won.
Royal and Ancient, which runs the British Open, said in May that
Muirfield was off the list of 10 courses that can host golf's oldest
major championship while female members were not allowed.
"We welcome this development," the R&A said.