Augusta National Golf Club allows female members

  • The Augusta National Golf Club is to have female members for the first time in its 80-year history.

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore are set to become the first women in green jackets when the new season begins in October.

    The host course of the Masters had been heavily criticized for several years for not allowing women to join.

    Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne said it was a positive move for the club.

    He said: "This is a significant and positive time in our club's history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family."