“Allow female members”… sounds almost as bad as ‘recognise female golfers’. Well the R&A have woken up – inevitable really as there really couldnt have been any other outcome.
Reminds me of a story my old Finance Director likes to tell (probably hundred’s versions of this).
A well-to-do golf club had a large prestigious clubhouse overlooking the 18th green with a nice members-only balcony . An all male, member’s four-ball were playing up to the 18th green when one player duffed a short approach chip and uttered a mild, but reasonably loud expletive.
This was unfortunately overheard by the ladies captain who was having a drink on the balcony took note and a week later submitted a complaint to the committee about the language.
A month or so later, she approach the Captain and asked about what action had been taken about her complaint about the language from the member. The Captain, managed to recall the complaint and calmly told the ladies captain that yes a decision and action had been taken…. to ban the ladies from the member’s balcony!