1922: Founded as an all-male club devoted exclusively to golf. All professional and business discussions prohibited. Membership limited to 250 resident and 250 nonresident members, with honorary memberships offered to high-ranking government officials. 1965: Under a provision of the Maryland Code encouraging protection of open space, the club enters into a 48-year contract with the state. Two hundred acres are taxed as undeveloped; 25 acres, including buildings, are taxed as "highest-rate" assessment. 1974: General Assembly prohibits the state from entering into tax-deferring contracts with clubs that discriminate; however, clubs intended to serve only one sex were exempted. 1980: Montgomery County Del. Stewart Bainum Jr. introduces the first in a series of bills aimed at rescinding Burning Tree's tax exemption. August 1983: State Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs issues an opinion declaring Burning Tree's exemption unconstitutional. Sachs files suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court seeking declaratory judgment against Burning Tree; at the same time, Bainum, now a state senator, and his sister, Barbara Renschler, file suit against Burning Tree and the state. December 1983: After arguments by attorneys for Burning Tree, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Calvin Sanders dismisses Sachs' suit. Sachs appeals to the Maryland Court of Appeals, which agrees to hear the case. September 1984: Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Irma Raker rules against Burning Tree in the case brought by Bainum and Renschler. October 1984: Maryland Court of Appeals rules that Sachs did not have the constitutional right to seek a judgment against Burning Tree, upholding Sanders' December decision. Also, attorneys for the club appeal Judge Raker's decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. December 1985: The Court of Appeals rules that the loophole allowing the Burning Tree tax exemption is unconstitutional but says said the entire statute was invalid. It said that the General Assembly must act to prohibit discrimination in country clubs. April 1986: The General Assembly enacts legislation that would strip the club of its $186,000 annual tax break on the undeveloped land unless it admits women.