A huge “Welcome to Jurassic Park” sign has been erected outside the gates to Muirfield golf course a day after the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers announced that they were to hold a second vote on whether to admit women as members.
The prank was organised by bookmakers Paddy Power, in a protest at what the company called the “dinosaurs” at the club.
Last year members held a vote on whether to admit women members, but it fell short by 14 votes of the required two-thirds majority for change.
They were removed as a potential host of the Open Championship by organisers The R&A as a result.
Paddy Power said: “The decision last May to not admit female members was about as progressive as a Donald Trump policy, and unsurprisingly it’s driven a wedge between stuffy members and the outside world.
“While Muirfield members bury their heads in the sand this time round, we thought we’d prod the beast with our Jurassic sign.
“To be honest, we were a bit scared when one of the dinosaurs stormed out to take our sign down, but overall it was a roaring success.”
— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) February 17, 2017