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Royal Aberdeen Golf Club votes to allow women members

Members at the club ended the men-only policy at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Vote: Club dates back to 1780.
Vote: Club dates back to 1780. CC by Bill Harrison

One of the world's oldest golf clubs has voted to open its doors to female members.

The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, which dates back to 1780, ended its men-only policy at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Members voted overwhelmingly to back the proposed change to the club's constitution.

Aberdeen Ladies' Golf Club is based next to the Royal Aberdeen and a working group has been set up to discuss the impact of the changes to the membership rules.

The Royal Aberdeen is the world's sixth-oldest golf club and hosted the Scottish Open in 2014.

'Membership applications are no longer restricted to gentlemen.'
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

The club's secretary, Ronnie MacAskill, told STV News existing members had pushed for the change.

He said: "It's something we've discussed over many years.

"We've been around since 1780, that's 238 years we've been a single-sex club.

"Every year we get new members in so we're continually asking the opinion of members and we did that via a survey.

"The information we got back was that we should really address this."

He added: "I think the days of single-gender clubs are slowly disappearing and we didn't want to be left behind."

A statement from the club said: "The members of Royal Abedeen Golf Club have overwhelmingly voted in support of a change to the club's constutution whereby membership applications are no longer restricted to gentlemen.

"Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and Aberdeen Ladies' Golf Club have set up a working group to discuss the possible impact on both clubs of this change."

In March last year, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, at Muirfield, voted to allow female members.

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