Fairhaven Golf Club
Recognised by the hierarchy of golf as one of the best courses in Northern England, Fairhaven has much to offer visiting golfers, whatever their handicap. Arriving at Fairhaven, having driven past numerous built-up areas, the first-time visitor should head for the lounge to see and enjoy the lovely vista of superb open golfing country, surrounded by woods, with not a house or any other building to be seen.
Fairhaven is not only a beautiful place to play golf but fully lives up to its designation as a ‘Championship’ course originally designed by James Braid. Professional golf at Fairhaven started back in 1934 when the course played host to the ‘Penfold’ Tournament. The Club has since hosted many ‘Open Championship Final Qualifying Competitions’ when the ‘Open Championship’ was played at neighbouring Royal Lytham & St.Annes Golf Club. The Professionals’ course record of 64 was achieved by Justin Leonard in 1996, while he was playing in and leading the final qualifying rounds.
The course is an unusual blend of links and parkland which is relatively flat. This makes it not too strenuous to walk around and allows complete vision of each hole from tee to green. It is consistently maintained and presented to the highest standard, presenting a fair challenge to golfers of all abilities, featuring the ‘risk & reward’ elements of negotiating the 122 deep revetted bunkers for which Fairhaven is famous. It has all the characteristics of a traditional links course, including a sand sub-soil, allowing year-round golf.
There is an abundance of wildlife, including various breeds of pheasant, which can be seen strutting around the course and depicted in the Club emblem. Peace and tranquillity are assured.
The Club is supported by an excellent Professional’s shop and traditional clubhouse and bar, which offers visitors a variety of catering options. All visitors and visiting parties are welcomed on arrival, ensuring they get the most out of their day and leave feeling they have enjoyed a very special golfing experience.