Golf is a religion for many people, though it has also been called a fine, pampered stroll.
What is obvious is that women have had to wait for the chance to compete, as in many other sports. Their struggle was exposed by Margot McCuaig in a brilliant documentary that aired on BBC ALBA and is available on BBC iPlayer, with some gems that make this a show that must be seen.
Iron Women looks back at the past of women in golf, the names they’ve endured, the hardships they’ve had to face, and also highlights the trends in fashion that men in society have always placed on women.
Only a few years ago, when women were usually not allowed in the clubhouse and even had to go another way to make sure they did not see into the clubhouse while the men sipped whiskey and smoked their cigars, some of the dictated rules were still in use.
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At a golf club in Edinburgh, there was also a popular sign that read, “No Dogs or Women allowed.”
Despite all this, at an awards ceremony in Glasgow in 2018, Scotland produced some outstanding women golfers and Scottish Women in Sport are pleased to recognize Belle Robertson OBE as a ‘Pioneer in Sport’.
With four Sportswoman of the Year awards and three Woman Golfer of the Year honors, Belle has undoubtedly made her mark on golf, being inducted into the Scottish Sport Hall of Fame and being one of the first female members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in February 2015. She is an inspiring lady and a beautiful woman who was always on the golf course in her 80s.
I’m pleased to say that in the last few decades things have changed and golf puts a heavy focus on bringing more women and girls to join in.
A perfect illustration and winner of Group Champion (Youth) at our virtual awards dinner last year is Peebles Golf Club.
In its Sunday morning training program, the club currently has more girls than boys and has a strong overall gender ratio of 40 percent girls to 60 percent boys, a figure that it plans to boost in the coming years.