RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA, DEC. 30 -- Vice President Quayle said today he stopped playing at an all-white golf course because it might look bad, but he has no problem playing at a club that excludes women.

Quayle, who cut short a golf outing Friday at the all-white Cypress Point Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif., said he will continue to play at the Burning Tree course in Bethesda where women are barred as members and cannot even play as guests.

Quayle said he is an honorary member of Burning Tree by virtue of being vice president but is not a dues-paying member.

"I've played there before and I'll play there again," he said when asked about the matter by reporters traveling with him to visit U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.

"I'm not going to protest Burning Tree," he said. "Maybe they'll change. I think it would be a good idea for them to take women into the club. I don't have any problem playing there in the meanwhile."

He added, "There are a lot of other very well respected people that have played at Burning Tree."

The club's membership roster has long boasted some of the nation's most powerful men.