R&A Plans to Build Changing Facilities for Women for the First Time

As first reported by BBC Sport, the R&A is finally moving towards building a facility to allow women to change in the clubhouse at St. Andrews.

The move is a result of the one-sided vote held in 2014 to allow women to become members of the golf club.  Women were previously not allowed as members in the 260 year existence of the club and course.

Despite the member policy change, women have not been able to change at the clubhouse but rather at the Forgan house, just off the 18th green. The R&A told BBC Sport that construction of the new locker room is part of a broader refurbishment and expansion that could take “several years to complete.”

The R&A continued, “We are in the early stages of planning upgrades, including the installation of women’s changing rooms.  We are consulting with members on the proposed changes before we finalize our plans.  There is no firm timetable at this stage but it will be a phased program which will take several years to complete.”

As the R&A stated, they haven’t finalized the plans yet so it will be interesting to see what they agree upon and the direction in which they take this new initiative, and the timetable that will come with it.

h/t: BBC Sport

Written by Brian Bernd

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