Royal Troon seeking views on the admission of women members
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 17/05/16 4:13pm
Royal Troon Golf Club, the host of this year's Open Championship, has begun consultations on whether its male only membership policy should come to an end.
The club says in a statement that it has written to its 800 members "seeking views on the issue of the admission of women members".
Royal Troon, which was formed in 1878, is sharing the responsibility of hosting the 145th Open in July with The Ladies Golf Club in Troon which uses its facilities.
And the club's membership policy has come under scrutiny recently after the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews decided in 2014 to open its membership to women after 260 years of male exclusivity.
Martin Cheyne, captain of Royal Troon Golf Club, said: "As we look forward to jointly hosting the Open Championship later this summer, the committee of Royal Troon Golf Club continues with its process regarding the club's Future Membership Policy and is cognisant of the recent articles in the press and social media, the public discussion surrounding the club, and the statements made by senior politicians.
"We are acting to better understand the views of our members, which will in turn inform the decisions we take.
"We care very much for the reputation of Royal Troon Golf Club and it is important that the club, much like the wider game, reflects the modern society in which we exist.
"We have today written to all of our members to understand their views and feelings on the issue of the admission of women to the club.
"We expect to have a clearer sight of those opinions in the weeks ahead and will make further statements in due course."