Pine Valley Golf Club, a men-only non-public enclave since its founding in 1913, has voted to permit ladies memberships and unrestricted play, Golf Digest reported Saturday.
The membership, situated within the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia, has a structure that Golf Digest has ranked as the highest course within the United States, and among the many world’s greatest, for a number of years.
Pine Valley president Jim Davis wrote in a Friday e-mail to members obtained by the journal in regards to the unanimous transfer by the membership’s trustees and members to herald feminine members and permit them to play at any time. Previously, ladies had been solely allowed on the course as visitors and on Sunday afternoons.
“This evening at our annual meeting of the members we made a historic change to Pine Valley’s bylaws,” Davis wrote. “The future of golf must move toward inclusion, and I am pleased to report that the trustees and members of the Pine Valley Golf Club have voted unanimously and with enthusiasm to remove all gender-specific language from our bylaws.
“The membership’s insurance policies will now permit all visitors to get pleasure from our membership with out restrictions and we’ll start instantly figuring out ladies candidates for membership with the expectation of getting our first ladies members within the membership by the top of this 12 months.”
Davis said all prospective members must “be socially suitable, share a deep ardour for the sport of golf and be capable of play the golf course with the talent degree our founder George Crump meant.”
Pine Valley follows a number of notable men-only non-public golf equipment in altering guidelines to permit ladies.
Augusta National, house course for the Masters, welcomed its first ladies members in 2012. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland allowed ladies members in 2014 and Muirfield started accepting ladies members in 2017.
The journal stated that of three,670 non-public US golf golf equipment, fewer than a dozen stay male-only enclaves.