C. K. Cotton

Full Name
Charles Kenneth Cotton
Year of Birth
1887
Year of Death
1974 (aged 86)
Place Born
Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, England
Place Died
Reading, Berkshire, England

“C.K. Cotton, a graduate of Cambridge University, took up the game of golf after college and quickly developed into a fine player. He was a scratch golfer for over thirty years. Cotton worked for nearly twenty years as a club secretary at a series of golf clubs. After WWII he decided to assist in reconstruction of the many war-torn layouts.” Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten

Donald Steel wrote a story for the Sunday Telegraph with Ken Cotton, who subsequently became his senior partner. He was building two courses – St Pierre and Ross-on-Wye – in the early 1960s, so he went to both locations and wrote a piece about building new golf layouts, which he found absolutely fascinating.

They kept in touch. Then about two years later Ken contacted Donald as he wanted a bit of help and asked if he’d be interested. Donald stopped him before he’d even finished the question and said, “Thank you very much!” Before long, he joined forces with Ken Cotton, Frank Pennink and Charles Lawrie in their design practice.

Donald describes Cotton as “a pupil of Tom Simpson, a fine player himself, [who] decided to embark on a third career as an architect to establish his own name and portfolio in spite of the fairly flat market. St Pierre and Ross-on-Wye couldn’t have been more different, St Pierre almost ready-made and Ross-on-Wye carved out of poorly drained woodland.”

Steel continues: “Brickendon Grange was another of Ken’s new courses around that time and there was also a pleasant journey with him to Brecon to look at a course called Penotre, now named Cradoc. He was also responsible for the extension from 27 holes to 36 at Frilford Heath.

His best course abroad was Olgiata in Rome, scene of great Britain and Ireland’s first victory in the 1964 World Amateur Team Championship, but perhaps Ken’s greatest act of kindness to me was his bestowal of Tom Simpson’s ‘Golf Architect’s Bible’ which is an amazing leather bound miscellany of architectural and greenkeeping ‘secrets’. The fact that there is only one co...

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Brickendon Grange

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13th South Wales - Best in Area 32nd Wales Ranking

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