Saturday 24 June 2017

Exclusive Dublin golf club to consider lifting ban on female members

Rory McIlroy, back in his amateur days, watches his tee-shot on the 15th hole at Portmarnock. The club is considering changing its
Rory McIlroy, back in his amateur days, watches his tee-shot on the 15th hole at Portmarnock. The club is considering changing its "male only" policy for members.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

An exclusive golf club in Dublin has said that it will review its "men only" policy.

The Irish Mirror has revealed that Portmarnock Golf Club in North Dublin has informed its members of the development through letters circulated recently.

As it stands, women have limited access at the coastal club. They can play a round of golf at the championship course, but cannot become full members.

Only wives and daughters of members are allowed play the course on Sundays.

Portmarnock operates a century-old rule allowing only males to join, but general manager Brian Hurley has told members that the ruling is one of topics that will be addressed at the regular club reviews.

In 2009 the Supreme Court ruled that the golf club was not "discriminating" against the Equal Status Act by banning women from joining, which was condemned at the time by The Irish Ladies Golf Union at the time.

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