Panmure GC becomes latest Scottish club to allow women members

Tania Longmire
By Tania Longmire May 8, 2018 11:53

Panmure Golf Club, one of Scotland’s – and the world’s – oldest golf clubs, has become the latest venue to end its men-only membership policy.

The club, which was established in 1845 and is located near to this year’s Open Championship location at Carnoustie, has said the policy has been removed with immediate effect following unanimous support at its annual general meeting. A spokesman also said that a sign that states that women have to use an alternative entrance to access the clubhouse was ‘unfortunate’ and ‘had long been removed’.

Earlier this year Royal Aberdeen voted to end its men-only policy, while the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Royal Troon, and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfershave all opened their doors to women members recently.

There are now very few men-only golf clubs in Scotland and of the remaining ones such as Bruntsfield Links, Glasgow, Western Gailes and the Royal Burgess Golfing Society, there are suggestions that both Bruntsfield Links and Glasgow will change the policy shortly.

“Like other golf clubs, we are trying to be forward-thinking and also family friendly, so we are delighted about this exciting development, having worked hard over the past 18 to 24 months to get members onside,” said Panmure’s captain Jim Wallace. “Women are free from today to apply to become full members and we are confident that they will do so over time.”

Like Royal Aberdeen, Panmure has a separate ladies’ club with access to the course, and the club has in the past hosted women’s events including qualifying for the RICOH Women’s British Open in 2011 and the Girls’ Home Internationals.

According to Royal Aberdeen’s club’s secretary / director of golf, Ronnie MacAskill, single sex golf clubs are likely to become a thing of the past: “As it’s 2018 and not 1780, it was felt that the club should be all-inclusive, which has been achieved through changing a very simple line in the rules,” he said. “I think the days of single-gender clubs are slowly disappearing and we didn’t want to be left behind.”

 

Tania Longmire
By Tania Longmire May 8, 2018 11:53
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