The private club – which is separate from the governing body, the R&A – voted in September to allow female members for the first time in its 260-year history. The septet of new honorary members was a response to that vote, with the club announcing that more women will be added as members "in the coming months."
"It is an honor and a privilege for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to welcome these remarkable women as honorary members," club captain George Macgregor said in a release. "This is an historic day for the club and we could not be more proud also to welcome women who have distinguished themselves in golf over many years and have been great players and champions."
The list includes Sorenstam, a 2003 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame who amassed 89 worldwide wins, and Davies, an upcoming inductee into the Hall of Fame who was appointed DBE by the Queen Elizabeth II last summer. Louise Suggs, a co-founder and former president of the LPGA, is also among the club's newests members.
Other additions include Anne, The Princess Royal, who is the daughter of the queen and who competed in the 1976 Olympics in equestrian, and Renee Powell, an LPGA veteran who in 1979 became the first woman to become head professional at a course in the U.K. The final two members are Belle Robertson, a successful amateur player from Scotland who participated in the Curtis Cup seven times, and France's Lally Segard, who helped found the Women's World Amateur Team Championship while serving as president of the women's committee of what is now known as the International Golf Federation.