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can a country club legally hold mens only tournaments w/o being

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can a country club legally hold mens only tournaments w/o being sued

Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.

This is a very contentious issue and one that even the US Supreme Court weighed in on in the past. In 1988, in a rare 9-0 opinion the courts upheld the right for parties to sue on basis of discrimination for clubs that are not 'distinctly private' and use that as a basis to find injury:

Typically a truly private entity has the right and the ability to discriminate. A private club can discriminate if membership is not really opened to all based on conditions of the club, BUT if the club is large enough or if the club has fairly open membership rolls, then such discrimination would cause the club to be sued. So if a country club is fairly small and does not permit female members, then holding such a tourney would be risky but possible. Otherwise it is simply asking for a lawsuit.

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