'16 Open host Royal Troon reviewing all-male policy

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Royal Troon Golf Club, host of the 2016 Open Championship. (Getty Images)

Royal Troon Golf Club, which next year will host the Open Championship, announced Tuesday a “comprehensive” review of its all-male membership policy.

Troon is expected to follow the lead of the Royal and Ancient, which last September allowed women to join one of the world’s most influential golf clubs. 

In a statement, Troon said that it will “shortly undertake a comprehensive review to consider the most appropriate membership policy for the future. The recommendations from this review will be presented to the membership for their consideration.” 

Troon is one of only three courses on the Open rotation with a male-only membership. Muirfield, which hosted the 2013 Open, said last year that it was conducting its own membership review, while 2011 host Royal St. George’s is expected to vote on whether to admit women at some point this year. 

Though Troon is a single-gender club, there are more than 350 members of its Ladies Golf Club. Members of both clubs have formed a joint Championship Committee for the ’16 Open, marking the first time in the 155-year history of the tournament that they will share the responsibility of staging the event.