"I think the clubs will continue to do what they want"
By mustang6560 on 8/22/12
Yesterday, we discussed whether or not the remaining all-male golf clubs of the world would be influenced by Augusta National's decision to invite Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as members, effectively ending its male-only membership policy.

Well, according to Alistair Tait, the all-male golf clubs in the British Isles won't be influenced by the folks in Augusta, Georgia.
Ironically, the chances of women joining the aforementioned clubs might have been set back rather than improved by Augusta's decision. As one long-standing Royal & Ancient member who did not wish to be named said, "I don't think it will make any difference. I think the clubs will continue to do what they want. In fact, they might just dig their heels in and tell everyone to mind their own business."

Traditions die hard in this part of the world, where the calendars in some clubhouses display the date as 1912 rather than 2012. Augusta's decision might make these all-male clubs even more determined to hang on to their outdated traditions. Instead of enlightenment, we might just get intransigence.
The "aforementioned clubs" Alistair is referring to are Muirfield, Royal St. George's Golf Club, and Royal Troon Golf Club. All three clubs are male-only and all three are in The Open Championship rotation, which puts them in a precarious situation. In my opinion, if a club wants to be an all-male club — fine, but you shouldn't be able to host a professional golf tournament or a major championship at that.

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Duke of Hazards says:
In this day and age, they can't have it both ways. So long as these restrictive clubs are hosting official events, there will be continued media scrutiny regarding the issue. Appears that Augusta yielded under the pressure. It's only a matter of time before all the other ones do as well, since pressure will continue to be applied. Or they could go the route of Cypress Pt. and pull out of the event rotation and nobody will bother them again.
mustang6560 says:
@Duke- Agree 100%. In New Orleans, the city told Mardi Gras Krewes to open their membership to women and minorities or stop parading. While the majority opened their membership, some elected to quit parading.
mmontisano says:
completely agree with the last sentence in this post. the only problem it seems is that no one is making it a big deal over there.
bsta93 says:
I'm tired of seeing organizations pander to the media and corporations. I would rather see these clubs never host an event than see them cave in to these clowns. People should be able to organize in any way they see fit.
jcstoll says:
At Royal Troon, there is actually a "Ladies' Golf Club Troon" (www.tlgct.co.uk), apparently founded in 1882. They have a separate club house. I'm not advocating for them - merely pointing out that it's not like women are completely banned from the place - far from it.
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