Fairhaven Golf Club

World class golf is on display in the neighbourhood and Fairhaven holds its own in every way.

Fairhaven Golf Club

Lancashire, England

Overview

Justin Leonard owns the course record with a 64!

The club has been used as an Open Qualifying venue when The Open is at nearby Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The club logo is a pheasant. Curiously, pheasant shooting was the sport of choice before golf was played here. A former professional took an interest in the fowl and fostered a more amicable relationship with them since the early days.


Golf Course Review

Fairhaven Golf Club is located in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, south of Blackpool and east of its famous neighbour, Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.

Golf was played one-half mile down away from 1892 on a course then known as Fairhaven Lake. It was a 12 hole affair and was home to the Fairhaven Golf Club from 1895 to 1924. It was then that the club moved to its current location. JA Steer and James Braid added character to the flattish site in the form of hills, hollows and bunkers. There are myths of a bunker for every day of the year but in fact, there are only 118. The course received a little upgrade in 1931 when JA Steer returned to raise it to a 'Championship' calibre.

It would next be Dave Thomas who would alter the course in 1977. Bunker profiles were raised, greens were reshaped, pines were planted along with rhododendrons. Donald Steel has thus far had the final word on the bunkering and minor improvements since 2003.

Despite being inland, the course has a links feel to it and the reverted bunkers throughout do much to reinforce this notion. With five par 5's, Fairhaven Golf Club offer chances to score and despite the penal bunkering, it can yield opportunities for birdie or better.

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Lancashire, FY8 4JU, England

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