Poofters can marry but sheila’s can’t join the golf club


The more things change the more they stay the same.

In the UK same-sex marriage is now legal, but up in Scotland the ladies aren’t welcome at the golf club.

It is ok for Labour to have a man-ban but not ok for golf clubs to have a chick flick.

The leader of the R&A, which conducts the British Open, said the matter of men-only clubs would be reviewed but added that the exclusionary policy was in no way comparable to racial or religious discrimination.

Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the R&A, said Wednesday during a news conference on the eve of the 142nd British Open, “When things are a bit quieter, after the championship, I’m quite sure we’ll be taking a look at everything to see what kind of sense we can make of it for the future.” 

The site of this year’s championship, Muirfield, has a men-only membership. It is one of three courses in the British Open rotation with such a policy. Royal St. George’s in England and Royal Troon in Scotland are the others. Augusta National, the club that hosts the Masters, added its first two female members before this year’s tournament.

Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, played in the pro-am of last week’s Scottish Open but said he would stay away from this week’s championship in protest of Muirfield’s membership policy.

Dawson said: “Obviously the whole issue of gender and single-sex clubs has been pretty much beaten to death recently. And we do, I assure you, understand that this is a divisive issue. It’s a subject that we’re finding increasingly difficult, to be honest.”

He added, “We do believe that membership policy is a matter of the club’s.”


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  • James

    Same question could be asked about those All-Female gyms that are dotted around Auckland.

    • Polish Pride

      I have always found this issue an interesting one simply for the reason that when men have something that is ‘Men Only!’ women seem to want to join and make a fuss about the policy, doing whatever they can to have it changed. Men on the other hand (apart from one or two idiots) see something like Contours Women Only! gyms and well…… don’t really give a shit.

  • Middleagedwhiteguy

    As a member of a men’s only organisation, I believe that they do have their place, and in this day and age, even more than ever. The question is, what is the men’s organisation trying to do, and is their exclusion of women disadvantaging them in some way?

    I would protest a men’s only political group as much as I would decry a women’s only political party or any party who exists to cater for the wishes of a few, rather than act for the country as a whole.

  • Bunswalla

    “The leader of the R&A, which conducts the British Open, said the matter of men-only clubs would be reviewed but added that the exclusionary policy was in no way comparable to racial or religious discrimination.”

    He’s quite correct – at Augusta National, in the heart of the South in the US, they admitted black members before allowing women.

  • Harroputza

    What’s the problem? If you want to make a club for a certain group of people, that’s your prerogative. And if the club doesn’t cater for you, then get off your chuff and make your own club that does. Nothing’s stopping you but for your penchant for wasting your time moaning about shit.

  • Col

    I don’t care, I go to play golf.
    looking at that lot in the photo, they all look like Greenies to me.
    I don’t need to play with them.
    You go to a club and try and play on Ladies Day, you will be shot lol.

  • Jman

    [email protected] guy in the back with the “Iron my shirt” sign

    • opusx

      Shit, I didn’t even notice till you pointed it out. Right in the middle of taking a sup out of my coffee too, now I have to clean my keyboard.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Those are women? – Cancel my flight to Scotland!