St Andrews Golf Club to vote on admitting women

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews may be in for a drastic change as the men-only institution votes on the issue of admitting women.

Held as the spiritual home of golf, St Andrews has come under increasing fire for excluding women members but things could finally change in September when the club's 2,500 members will decide whether to open its doors to all after 260 years.

Former American President Bill Clinton enjoys a round of golf on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews. Credit: David Cheskin/PA

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has traditionally been the guardian of the rules of the game since 1754, although since 2004 it devolved responsibility for the administration of the game and the Open championship to the newly-formed The R&A.

Last year the R&A was criticised for choosing Muirfield, which has a male-only membership policy, to host the Open championship with Scoland's First Minister Alex Salmond refusing to attend.