The proposal was passed by a two-thirds majority at a special meeting last week, marking a historic occasion for the Fife club, which was founded in 1868.
“I am pleased to announce that the membership of Lundin Golf Club has now voted in favour of welcoming women as members on exactly the same basis as men,” said club captain David Sandison. “This vote has immediate effect and as of now Lundin Golf Club is a mixed-membership club.”
The change allows women and girls from the age of 12 to become members of a club that has hosted Open qualifying on a number of occasions and is also the traditonal home of the East of Scotland Open.
“The club celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018 and looks forward to receiving its first membership applications from ladies in the near future,” stated a press release announcing the decision.
It is understood that Lundin Ladies’ Golf Club, which has been in existence since 1891 and has around 250 members playing its nine-hole course in the village, will not be affected in any way by the development.
Last September, members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews voted by an 85 per cent majority to admit women as members for the first time in its 260-year history.
That decision led to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Laura Davies, Renée Powell, Belle Robertson MBE, Lally Segard, Annika Sorenstam and Louise Suggs all becoming honorary members earlier this year.
Royal St George’s in Kent has since opened its doors to women members as well, while both Royal Troon, which will host next year’s Open Championship, and Muirfield, home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, are currently undertaking reviews of their men-only policies.