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Equality at Islay Golf Club
Written by Scott Currie   
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 12:15

Like many other clubs and organisations, Islay Golf Club has been considering the implications of the UK’s 2010 Equality Act. The purpose of the Act is to promote equality and fairness of opportunity, tackle discrimination in all of its forms and to strengthen and modernise the law in this area. The Scottish Golf Union has provided legal advice to all clubs and the major issue is gender equality. Unlike many other clubs, Islay has always had equal access to the course for men and women and a roughly equal number of competitions.

The major implication is that the subscription charged for both genders must now be the same – we can no longer legally offer a discount for lady members. This means unavoidable large increases for lady members – however the fees still represent terrific value when compared to other courses on the mainland. One possible solution is to completely separate into two “single sex” clubs, but this is neither desirable or sustainable with the relatively low number of female members. It has therefore been decided to remain one club, with one committee and charge equal fees. . This also means removing the anomalies in the different discounts offered to country members (those whose main home is not on Islay or Jura). A new constitution is being drawn up for approval at this year’s AGMs.

The new fees will therefore be

  LOCAL Country
 Adult £307 £230
 Senior (in receipt of State Pension)
 £138 £104
 Young (18-21)  £138 £104
 Junior 16-17
 £46 £35
 Junior under 16
 £10 £10


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:16