It's 2016 and Muirfield golf club have just voted against letting women join 4 years ago

It's 2016 and Muirfield golf club have just voted against letting women join

The honourable company of Edinburgh golfers.

That's what the people who run Muirfield golf club in Scotland like to call themselves.

Lots of people online are finding new names for them after they Thursday voted against allowing women join their club.

The Royal and Ancient have since confirmed that Muirfield will be removed from the British Open roster until such time as it admits female members.

The club has hosted 16 Opens since 1892 (most recently in 2013 when Phil Mickelson was the winner), will be taken off the roster by the Royal and Ancient.

Royal Troon is another Open venue facing a choice between all-male membership and hosting the Open.

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Phil Mickelson of the United States holds the Claret Jug as he answers questions after winning the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

The boys' club have been discussing letting smelly girls into their den for THREE years, but the requisite two-thirds majority was not reached.

That failure must at least partly be put down to a letter sent to all voters by 30 influential members vehemently opposed to letting the fairer sex play on their course.

“It is recognised that it is a very sensitive matter and the club is in a difficult position, but associations like ours with a very long and venerable history have strengths which are derived from that history," said the letter seen by the Scotsman newspaper.

“Change must come slowly and for choice should be evolutionary. A traditional resistance to change is one of the foundations of our unique position in golf and our reputation.

“It is accepted that we may have to change, but we should not do so now on the basis suggested. We have had a lengthy process, but it is felt that there is time to pause and consider further options to develop the club and it is hoped retain the Open.

“It is recommended that members vote against the resolution to change our rules to include the admission of lady members.”

Change may come slowly, but abuse will come quickly when you vote against progress, women's rights, fairness and the general ethos of most of the modern world.

Journalists were quick to voice their disdain at the decision

Fans were even quicker

It would make you wonder why any woman would want to join this bunch, but before we get too far up on our high horse here in Ireland, Portmarnock Golf Club is currently in the midst of a wide-ranging consultation process as they consider their own male-only membership policy.

Still 2016.

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