A 36 hole venue set in a delighful countryside setting on the outskirts of Cardiff, easy to find and totally tailor made for society trips. Cottrell Park celebrated 20 years of existence in 2016 and is constantly moving further forward. In a golfing area rich in quality and quantity too, their progress has been impressive, culminating in the honour of being awarded the Welsh Golf Club of the Year for 2015. They’ve also gained a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the third year running this year.
Golf – Mackintosh Course – 6,113 yards Par 72 (yellow tees)
Both layouts were designed to Championship standard and both have equal amounts of attention lavished on them. The Mackintosh is a gently undulating parkland layout notable in looks for its collection of 300 year old mature trees that dominate the landscape. Some of them sit in the middle of the fairways requiring some good course management and club selection. It’s a theme that continues all the way round, with a few dog legs to conquer and some blind shots out there too. The greens are quite superb as well, very true and they do reward.
Favourite holes, the downhill and scenic short eighth, a lottery for club selection if it gets windy. Plus the 10th, a blind tee shot view over the bank but it all runs downhill following that, so some serious distance in prospect, even for the mid to high handicappers. The 18th, with its lovely flower and shrub arrangements around the water feature is a beauty.
Button Gwinnett Course – 5,799 yards Par 71
The Button is a little different, open and exposed with lakes and water featuring on no less than 13 holes. It’s set on the other side of the club and offers many a view, over to the Bristol Channel early doors and then towards the close you’re treated to a lovely panoramic of The Vale of Glamorgan. Two particular areas of attention, the close of the outward half is something of a water world, with a new island green at the eighth, and a large pond in front of the short ninth.
The re-designed closing holes are where the best of the views reside, a bit of risk and reward on the 15th then the next plays homage to Augusta National’s 16th, water all the way down the left of this challenging par three.
Very tricky to pick a favourite course, there’s not much between them. But it matters not; you’re not coming all the way here to play one anyway! So enjoy both, relish the 36 holes of continuously fine conditioning from tee box to green, and make your own minds up.
19th hole – The golf is complimented nicely both before and after play. Many options for relaxation with restaurant, bar and sports lounge plus a snooker and pool room, all with very modern furnishings.
Part of a tailored group day at Cottrell can potentially include an early challenge on one of the club’s two indoor simulators. A large enough area to fit a good sized society around to take part, enjoy a breakfast roll and compete too with a longest drive competition or something similar.
Play and Stay at Cottrell Park – This summer the complex added a further attraction for travelling golfers. Cottrell has recently converted accommodation which was originally the Coach House to the Cottrell House and within the majestic grounds. The Coach House comprises of two apartments and now offer a stay and play venue for the first time, sleeping up to a maximum of 10 persons each on a self-
catering basis with the club’s bars and restaurant in close proximity.