Royal Dublin Golf Club has voted to support “gender equality” and will therefore now accept women golfers as members.
Following the lead of Portmarnock Golf Club who voted to admit women members in May, the Bull Island club has elected to adopt an all-inclusive mindset embodied by Golf Ireland and fully embrace women for the first time since 1885.
A statement from Royal Dublin read: “The members of The Royal Dublin Golf Club have overwhelmingly approved proposals to adopt the Governance Principles of our governing body Golf Ireland. While many of these principles are well established within our constitution and culture the members of the club have taken the decision by vote to enshrine the principle of Gender Equality into our constitution.
“The club promotes and supports Gender equality among its membership. All genders are equally valued within the membership without discrimination and enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all membership categories and the opportunity to apply for membership, when open, is available to all genders.”
Golf Ireland also welcomed the news. Speaking on Thursday, Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly said; “We welcome the news coming from Royal Dublin today, that confirms the club’s adoption of the Golf Ireland governance principles. The club’s commitment to gender equality stating ‘all genders are equally valued within the membership’ is a very positive development. We look forward to seeing both men and women take the opportunity to apply for membership in the future.”
The move will open doors for Royal Dublin to host R&A Championships in the future, much like it has for Portmarnock, adding another classic links test to a potential Irish Open rotation in years to come. Royal Dublin last hosted an Irish Open in 1985. There is also a distinct possibility that the Women’s Irish Open could yet be revived following the success on the LPGA Tour of Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire, opening up more possibilities for one of the country’s finest links.