Royal Troon remains men’s only, for now

The venue of the 2016 Open Championship, Royal Troon, remains one of the few male-only clubs.

The club, along with Muirfield, are the only clubs on the 10 club Open Championship rota to have a male-only membership policy.

While Troon announced it would be reviewing its membership policy in January 2015, it is still not finished.

"What's important is that we do this thoroughly and properly," Troon captain Martin Cheyne told AP. 

"We have 138 years of history across the two clubs and it's important that we get this right.

"We are in frequent contact with the Ladies Golf Club, Troon to make sure that they are up to speed with what we are doing. Every meeting we have had with them has been positive and supportive of the process. They have indicated that any change that we would have to make is not something they are looking for.

"What's important to understand with that is the internal relationships we have, where the ladies can play the Old Course free of charge, any day of the week and the shared facilities we have. I do talk about one venue and two clubhouses and I think it's important we understand that.

"But the external world has changed in 138 years and it would be wrong not to acknowledge that and (consider) are we in a position to support the future development of golf at all ages and all genders with the current structure?"

In September 2014, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews voted to end its 260-year-old male-only policy. Last year, Royal St Georges followed suit.

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