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Fairhaven Golf Club

Oakwood Avenue

Lytham St Annes

Lancashire

FY8 4JU

01253 736 741

Green fee:

Average rating

7.9

Course

8.3

Greens

7.9

Facilities

7.9

Value

7.6

Hospitality

7.6

    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. 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 enjoy the breath taking view of superb open golfing country, surrounded by woods, with not a house or any other building in sight.

    Fairhaven 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, offering a fair challenge to golfers of all abilities and 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.

    Having won host of Ecology awards 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.

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    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Average

    8.4

    12/11/2014

    WINTER COURSE REVIEW

    Fairhaven Golf Club is listed by Golf World in 'The best 10 Championship qualifying courses', so with such a bold statement a lot was to be expected from the course that was originally designed by James Braid.

    Fairhaven is situated within the busy and affluent town of Lytham St Annes, the course that was described by Peter Alliss as 'a real hidden gem' certainly lives up to the title in terms of 'hidden' make sure you have you r sat nav switched on! The driveway leads to a large and very busy car park and onto the wonderful clubhouse which overlooks the 1st tee, 9th and 18th greens. The pro shop offers a warm welcome and a wide array of golfing merchandise. Adjacent to the club house is a driving range and practtise area that offers excellent warm up facilities. The changing area is as you would expect of this prestigious outfit.

    The 1st tee is a daunting proposition and for a number of reasons, to start there are a large number of fairway bunkers that are clearly visible from the tee and the 'short stuff' seems difficult to navigate, there is the obligatory rough both left and right and then there is the added pressure of the tee box being not o far from the on looking crowds in and around the clubhouse! But not to worry, I had a proven method of dealing with such occasions, that's right I closed my eyes and hoped for the best. The 4th hole is a real tester, as soon as I reached the tee area I checked out my scorecard to reveal the stoke index, as suspected it was low and stoke index 2 was a far assessment. The tee shot required a committed swing and even if you did find the fairway all but the longer hitters will still face a long iron to a small and well protected target. The 9th tee offers up a wonderful visual of the clubhouse that lies beyond the green, however the first sight is the mightily impressive fairway bunkers to the right of centre, one of which I managed to find meaning a shot lost as advancing forward was not an option.

    The back nine follows a similar pattern to the front, most holes are average in length, the par 5's on the course measure in and around the 500 yard mark, so this course is about game/shot management along with accuracy from the tee. This is non more apparent than on the fantastic par 5, 15th, it plays 485 yards from the visitor tee but the amount of bunkers and narrow width of fairway mean avoiding hazards is no easy task. The course closes with the 4th of the par 5's, once again big hitters may fancy a pop in two but anything wayward will be lost to the ever visible and vast array of colourful rhododendron bushes which adorn the golf course from start to finish.

    We played Fairhaven in mid November and you have to be confident to invite a review team to your golf club during the winter months and Fairhaven have every right to be. The golf course is steeped in history, is a stunning place to enjoy a round, no fewer than 122 revetted bunkers maintained to the highest standard and greens that are still running true in mid winter. It was a little wet underfoot in places and we did not get to witness the rhododendron in full bloom which was a shame, but these are minor issues that you would expect at this time of year. The Winter green fee is £45 and in line with courses of similar stature.

    I look forward to revisiting Fairhaven in the Summer months to view in all its colourful splendor.

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    Your reviews

    Heathland paradise

    Average rating

    8

    18th June, 2015, by Richard Clarke

    Course

    10

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    5

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    8

    Members view

    Average rating

    8.6

    9th April, 2015, by MikeW

    I consider myself fortunate to be a member of this wonderful golf club. It is fully open all winter, I cannot recall it closing at any time this winter. A previous reviewer mentioned the condition of the fairways but as do most golf clubs investing in their course there is a program of improvements throughout the winter months, there are local rules in place for fairways with new drainage and for raking bunkers in winter. (Sadly not summer!) One feature of Fairhaven is how quickly the fairways recover once the spring arrives. There is not a house to be seen out on the course and Fairhaven provides the quality of a links course with the splendour of parkland an abundance of wildlife makes for a stunning backdrop to test your golf skills on this long and challenging course. The clubhouse is amazing, checkout the view from the 17th tee, when you get back to the 19th sit on the balcony or inside and admire the picture postcard views. I never get tired of this course and my guests always want to play again.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Great Course Layout but fairways could be better

    Average rating

    7.4

    27th January, 2015, by sseddon8

    I played this course last weekend (24/12/15) and whilst i cant argue with the course layout and visual aspects the fairways could have been much better. I have played other courses in this area and all of those have better kept fairways. The greens are fair but the bunkers are in poor condition with hard sand making any delicate shots almost impossible. Great off course facillities and a course worth trying.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    7

    Fairhaven

    Average rating

    7

    15th January, 2015, by SimonB

    One of my favourite opening holes and a stunning clubhouse with views across the course.

    Very good practice area all located close to the clubhouse.

    Some holes in the far corner of the course a little out of place with the quality of the rest of it.

    Look forward to getting a game hear at least once per year.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    6

    Pleasant course

    Average rating

    8

    17th November, 2014, by Johnl

    Played thus links course 13th November. Weather very good for this time of the year , fairways nice and dry greens in Very good condition . Would be nice to come back in the summer and play the course in its glory

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    Hiogs Annual Trophy

    Average rating

    7.8

    8th October, 2014, by hiogs

    This was the final competition of another succesfull season, the weather could have been more favourable but the course was still in very good condition bar the standing water. All in all a very good day. The photo I have attached show my playing partner wishing his ball had fallen back into one of the many bunkers

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    7

    Fairhaven Golf Club

    Average rating

    8

    7th October, 2014, by jonpho

    Held the final event of our golf society season here yesterday, course was very wet from all the overnight rain so there was lots of standing water on the fairways, the greens however were in fantastic condition considering the poor weather. The weather brightened up after the first few holes and it was a thouroughly enjoyable round of golf. Fairhaven is a must play if in the area and i would highly recommend it. Great clubhouse, however if you want food check if there is any available as none was available on the day (a Monday) we were there

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    8