Home of golf accepts women after 260 years
Politicians have welcomed the decision of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to allow women members for the first time in its 260-year history.
Club secretary Peter Dawson announced that the membership had voted overwhelmingly in favour of the move.
He said: "More than three-quarters of the club's global membership took part in the ballot, with a decisive 85% voting for women to become members. This vote has immediate effect and I can confirm that The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is now a mixed-membership club."
UK Minister for Sport Helen Grant said: "This is positive news for the sport and I hope we will now see other golf clubs that still have outdated same-sex policies follow suit."
In Scotland, Cabinet Secretary for Sport and Equalities Shona Robison also praised the decision, adding: "This decision by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to admit women members is another step on the road to full equality in sport and society."