Cottrell Park Golf Resort is owned and operated by Cottrell Park Ltd, (a family owned business). The Resort opened in 1996 and has two 18 holes golf courses, as well as other leisure facilities which are accessible to Members, Guests and Visitors of any gender, sexual orientation, colour or creed. At the Golf Union of Wales annual Awards, The Resort was voted 2015 Golf Club of the Year, and is the first and only commercially operated golfing facility to have held the award.
The Members of The Resort have formed a Club called Cottrell Park Members Association, which in turn formed committees to represent the Ladies Section and Men’s Section, being the way in which a traditional golf club is structured. Golf, like many other sports, has traditionally held separate competitions for each gender, consequently each Section arranges their own competitions applying their own rules, (for example Ladies use different Tee Boxes to Men).
Presently the Ladies Section do not allow Men to enter their competitions and the Men’s Section do not allow Ladies to enter their competitions, however there are also Mixed competitions where the genders can compete against one another under a different set of rules. Competitions are held so that both genders can play competitions on the weekdays and the weekends. Nonetheless, Members who do not want to play, (or who are precluded from playing), in a competition, still have the opportunity to play golf on whichever golf course the competition is not being played.
Despite the fact that there are Ladies competitions and Mixed competitions on Saturdays, a Lady Member wishes to play in the Mens’ Saturday Competition, and at the Member’s AGM, held in January 2018, proposed a motion that Lady Members be allowed to play in the Men’s Saturday competition. Seventeen Ladies and forty Men attended the Club AGM and thirty voted in favour of the motion whilst thirty-one voted against it, (there were two abstentions). Therefore the motion was not passed, (the motion may be re-proposed at subsequent AGMs).
Derek Smith, General Manager of Cottrell Park Ltd, said “At Cottrell Park Golf Resort competitions are arranged by the Members for the Members under the R&A Rules of Golf and CONGU. Traditionally the Ladies and Men’s Sections have decided to hold their golf competitions separately, however, I am sure the way in which the Members arrange their competitions will evolve in a democratic manner for the benefit of all Members.”