Female golfer threatens to sue Cottrell Park golf club over ban on women

Civil servant Lowri Roberts, 37, pictured, is considering legal action against Cottrell Park Golf Resort after women were banned from playing at the same time as men on Saturday mornings

Civil servant Lowri Roberts, 37, pictured, is considering legal action against Cottrell Park Golf Resort after women were banned from playing at the same time as men on Saturday mornings

A female golfer is threatening legal action against her £860-a-year club because of a 'men-only' rule to play on Saturday mornings.

Civil servant Lowri Roberts, 37, is at the centre of a gender discrimination row at the 36-hole golf resort after women were banned from prime weekend slots.

Members at the club took a vote to ban women from playing in prime time Saturday morning slots at Cottrell Park Golf Resort at St Nicholas, near Cardiff.

Ms Roberts believes it is discriminatory because she does not have the same level of choice as male members. 

She said: 'I was told there are plenty of grounds through the Equalities Act if I wanted to do something about it.

'This can't be right in this day and age.' 

She said: 'I've just been hit with barriers and barriers, and doors have been closed in my face from every direction.'

Women had been allowed the same access to tee times at the club after a by-law change in March.

But the by-law was overturned at the most recent vote passed by a majority of just one of the members.

Ms Roberts said: 'It was working well. It was great, it didn't affect anyone and we were getting there.

Ms Roberts, a member at the club, accused members of discriminating against women

Ms Roberts, a member at the club, accused members of discriminating against women

The resort had changed a by-law in March to allow women to play at the same time as men on Saturday's but recently overturned it by one vote. Pictured is Ms Roberts on the golf course

The resort had changed a by-law in March to allow women to play at the same time as men on Saturday's but recently overturned it by one vote.

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