Muirfield’s refusal to admit women members took a strange turn in the nearby city of Edinburgh this week. A story in the Edinburgh Evening News reveals some women in the city have decided to get their own back on the all-male club.
A bench in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens in the city center suddenly appeared with a plaque that read: “The members of Muirfield Golf Club are hereby excluded from sitting on this bench. By the order of the female population.”
Members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which plays golf at Muirfield, voted against accepting women this past summer. Needing a two-thirds majority to allow women into the club for the first time since its formation in 1744, 36 percent voted against the motion. It was enough to force the R&A to remove Muirfield from the Open Championship rota.
It was also enough to force some Edinburgh women to commission the cheeky plaque that appeared on the park bench. Photos of the plaque went viral on social media.
The Honourable Company refused to comment on the story, while Edinburgh City council said the plaque would be removed at the earliest opportunity since it had been put on the bench without permission.
It is a reminder that the issue of all-male golf clubs still divides the community around the Scottish capital.