So it would appear that in the 21st century there are still golf clubs (not the ones used to drive) that would prefer a men-only membership, proven today by a vote among the members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield.
Long story short, no women as members at Muirfield. The R&A reacted swiftly by removing Muirfield from the Open rota, something that got the desired plaudits, while the response to the HCEG vote was near universal dismay.
Cue, outrage, including from the top.
Scotland has women leaders in every walk of life. It is 2016. This is simply indefensible. https://t.co/qrULGuFG8v
-- Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 19, 2016
What do you call a golfer living in a bygone epoch? An aputtosaurus ... wait, why's everybody leaving?
-- Micky Hughes (@mcshamrock) May 19, 2016
#Muirfield Golf Club, you are a disgrace. Prehistoric dinosaurs running it. It's #2016 not the 60s. Not allowing women to become members?
-- ©00[&thEUR9@ng (@coolandthegangs) May 19, 2016
-- Woof Zip Criminal (@fritzromanov) May 19, 2016
Where do HCEG members play their golf? Jurassic Par.
Geez, tough crowd. Anyway, getting back to the vote.
"We don't trust women to play #golf fast enough"
-- Andy Owen (@andyowen) May 19, 2016
Apparently, or so it said in a leaked note floating somewhere in the deep dark recesses of Twitter, the vote hinged on HCEG members being not okay with women questioning the "match system" and "lunch arrangements".
Argument for a Muirfield "no" vote include concerns over "lunch" & the lack of a "very special lady golfer". pic.twitter.com/wFOXm7ftaG
-- Anna Edwards (@annaedwards3) May 19, 2016
Which, of course, provided even more fodder online.
"question our match system,... our fine links present,..our lunch arrangements" #muirfield aka WE CAN'T LET THE WOMEN EAT OUR SANDWICHES
-- Hannah (@hannahkaty) May 19, 2016
#Muirfield Golf Club worried about slow play if women became members. Oddly they're not worried about their own slow minds.
Yes it is 2016
-- Lucy (@binkypuff) May 19, 2016
And also makes us wonder what exactly comprises lunch for the the HCEG? It must be a pretty incredible lunch.
Some were ready to prove Muirfield wrong in the most appropriate way possible.
A challenge to you old Muirfield dinosaur members. You and me, championship tees, no shots. Bring it on! Yours, Hayley (a woman in 2016)
-- Hayley Barlow (@Hayley_Barlow) May 19, 2016
Maybe that match will make up for not having the Open.