The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers was founded in 1744 and officially recognized as the oldest golf club in the world. The headquarters of this organization is in the Scottish Muirfield, where they already held 16 draws of The Open major. Until recently, only men could receive membership in an elite assembly, but now the management has officially announced that twelve women have received an invitation to become members of the club.
“It is my great pleasure to announce that this month, twelve female golfers were officially invited to the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers,” the club captain said in a statement. “This event will be a significant milestone in the extensive history of our club, and we look forward to the moment when we will be able to welcome our new members and share with them the greatest values and traditions of our club.”
The decision to grant membership for women was made actually in 2017, when 80% of the total number of club members voted for this innovation. A year earlier, the management failed to implement this initiative, with the result that the Muirfield club was temporarily excluded from the number of candidates to conduct The Open major. At the moment, the Muirfield club again engaged in the fight for the right to take the British major, which can return here in 2023.