2020 Olympic golf course finally agrees to admit women as full members
Pressured to change its policies by the International Olympic Committee, Kasumigaseki Country Club, host of golf at the 2020 Summer Olympics, has agreed to admit three women as full members.
The club currently has ~200 female “associate members,” who weren’t allowed to play on Sundays. The board announced its decision this week to overturn that 40-year-old policy after a unanimous vote (which that failed).
Kasumigaseki Country Club had been a men’s-only club for nearly 40 years,
The club is in Saitama prefecture, northwest of downtown Tokyo. In January of 2017, when Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said, “I feel very uncomfortable about women not being able to become a regular member in this era,” which brought the club unwanted national attention and pressure to change its policies.
“It always understood it would have to be gender equal,” IOC Vice President John Coates said of Kasumigaseki in early 2017, suggesting the club needed to change its policies or the competition would be moving elsewhere.
Interestingly, Kasumigaseki is the same club that President Donald Trump played with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last November.