Muirfield Golf Course ELC Chief Executive Angela Leitch has responded to the decision taken by members of Muirfield Golf Club, Gullane, not to accept female members.

The decision also prompted the R&A to confirm that the Open Championship will not be staged at a venue that does not admit women as members.

East Lothian Council is extremely disappointed at the outcome of the vote at Muirfield on whether to accept female members.

Chief Executive Angela Leitch

Angela Leitch said:

“East Lothian Council is extremely disappointed at the outcome of the vote at Muirfield on whether to accept female members. While the majority of members have voted in favour of a more inclusive approach, a minority have prevented a change which would have benefitted not only the club but the economy of East Lothian.

As Scotland’s Golf Coast, East Lothian has a fantastic range of courses that suit all levels and budgets and we would encourage the membership of Muirfield to re-consider their position.”

The Open Championship was last staged at Muirfield, Gullane in July 2013. Independent research commissioned by Open Championship organiser, the R&A showed a near £70 million benefit to East Lothian and the surrounding area as a result of hosting the championship. The Open was played from July 14 to 21 and was won by American Phil Mickelson.

Published: Thursday, 19th May 2016