THERE is no doubt that influential people at Royal Troon want their golf club to embrace the 21st century and admit women members.
We were made aware some time ago that the club was going to consult with the membership on the issue.
A review, looking at every aspect of how the club operates, was instigated as long ago as January last year.
Yet it took until this week for Royal Troon to issue a statement pointing out the club has now written to its 800 members, asking for their views on admitting women.
Good on them, but it's hard to see – given the pace of play so far - how this consultative exercise can possibly be completed before this year's Open Championship on the famous Ayrshire links.
The membership is spread far and wide and everyone is entitled to an opinion.
Only those in charge at Royal Troon know why the club has left it so late before getting the matter resolved.
On the other side of Scotland, the 2013 Open at Muirfield was overshadowed by the issue of women members.
Or, in the case of Muirfield, the complete lack of them.
You would have thought three years was long enough for Troon to make sure there was no repetition this time around.
But it hasn't happened and now the club – and the R&A – must brace themselves for another round of negative media coverage.
Some of my golf-writing colleagues think this is out of order. I beg to disagree.
It is my colleagues who are out of order.
Hosting a major championship is a very big deal indeed, and it's frankly ludicrous that the eyes of the golfing world continue to be on clubs which discriminate on the grounds of gender.
I do, however, have sympathy for Troon, who are at least trying to resolve the matter. What I just can't understand is why it has been dragged out for so long.
Changes are afoot but not, it seems, in time for the Open.
This is called having the worst of both worlds.
* Since this blog was written, Muirfield has voted to retain its male-only membership status.
The reaction from around the world has been overwhelmingly hostile and the R&A acted with commendable speed to say Muirfield will not stage future Opens.
THE DEVEL'S ADVOCATE
The Devel's Advocate is our resident golf blogger. With long experience of covering golf there aren't many issues he doesn't have an opinion on!