At the time of the last May’s vote the then Prime Minister David Cameron described the club’s policy as “outdated”, while Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, called the result of the ballot “indefensible”. The rule change required a two third’s majority and Tuesday’s vote appears to have exceeded that with ease. More than 92 per cent of members voted.A first postal ballot on admitting women members held last May came up two per cent short, causing the R&A, the ruling body which oversees the game’s oldest major, to tell the privately-owned links that it would no longer be considered as a host venue of the Open.“The Open is one of the world’s great sporting events and going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members,” a statement at the time said. Muirfield golf club clubhouseCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA In a statement the R&A – golf’s governing body – said: “In light of today’s decision by the Honourable Company we can confirm that Muirfield will become a venue for The Open once again. Muirfield has a long and important history of hosting the Open and with today’s vote that will continue.”It is extremely important for us in staging one of the world’s great sporting events that women can become members at all our host clubs.”In a second ballot on the question, the motion was passed by 498 votes to 123.Following the vote the club said: “We look forward to welcoming women as members.” Muirfield has staged the Open 16 timesCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP Muirfield golf club voted by a large majority yesterday to drop its men-only policy and welcome female members for the first time.Members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers voted by 80 per cent in favour of allowing women to join the club.The result means that Muirfield will again become a venue for The Open, thought to be worth around £80 million She said: “Muirfield is a private club and they’re in charge of their own rules and regulations, and I accept that, but this is 2016.“Scotland has women leaders in every walk of life, in politics, in law, in business and everywhere else. I think this decision is wrong and I hope there’s a way of looking at it again and overturning it.“As well as being wrong, it’s damaging to Muirfield as a club. I want to see The Open played at Muirfield – it’s a fantastic golf course – so this really is a regrettable decision.”With politicians, golfers, media and, more pertinently, the public heaping their derision on Muirfield, the embarrassment was so great that another vote was quickly planned. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.