Fairhaven - Lancashire - England

Fairhaven Golf Club,
Lytham Hall Park,
Ansdell,
Lytham St Annes,
Lancashire,
FY8 4JU,
England


  • +44 (0)1253 736741

  • Golf Club Website

  • 2 miles from Lytham and St Annes town centres

  • Welcome with restrictions, contact in advance

  • Martin Robinson

  • J.A. Steer and James Braid

  • Andrew Lancaster


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Fairhaven Golf Club is situated a mile or two away from Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club. It’s less heroic than Lytham, but nevertheless, the golf is still very good indeed.

“The new course of the Fairhaven Club, an inland course in a pretty park with something attractively secret about it.” Wrote Bernard Darwin in The Golf Courses of Great Britain. “We walk through a wood and suddenly and surprisingly find ourselves in a big tract of country, very peaceful and remote, which gives the impression of being a hidden valley. The soil is good too, and the holes interesting.”

Fairhaven was originally founded in 1895 and the course was sited on what is now Fairhaven Boating Lake. The club moved to its present site in the early 1920s and J.A. Steer designed the new course with advice and guidance from the great James Braid.

In a Muirfield style, each nine at Fairhaven is routed in two loops and this classical design ensures that the wind causes all kind of problems. Measuring more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, Fairhaven is certainly not a short course but the par 73 includes five par fives, two of which appear in the last four holes. Its length is therefore not its greatest challenge. Staying above ground and out of Braid’s many distinctive bunkers is the main issue.

If you can master Fairhaven’s renowned fast and slick greens, then you may be in for a good score. The course formerly hosted Open Qualifying when the Open Championship was held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Justin Leonard – one of the world’s best putters – posted a course record 64 in Final Qualifying for the 1996 Open and was granted honorary membership as a direct consequence.

There are so many fine courses on Lancashire’s “Golf Coast” and Fairhaven might not be a natural choice for those seeking out the big names. But you really will be missing something, something really special if you overlook Fairhaven. It’s a delightful course and one of the area’s real gems.

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Description: Fairhaven Golf Club is a tough inland links course, formerly used as an Open Championship Qualifier when the Open was held at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Rating: 4.7 out of 6 Reviews: 14

Whilst in the area it would be tempting to do nothing but play the seaside classics, but that would mean missing out on a great layout in Fairhaven.

Excellent conditioning, a very inland links feel with some punitive rough thrown in, and nice variety of holes and challenges.

Friendly club house with lovely terrace to watch others coming home, potentially like me marshalling suddenly scarce golf ball reserves.

Recommended, and if you find 2 pairs of golf shoes on top of a locker left by sun-dappled golfers who were running late to get home please drop me a line !

4 / 6
Fairhaven
July 15, 2016


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Returning to Fairhaven 10 years after my previous visit was a very pleasant surprise. I had remembered the course being flat, tree lined and heavily bunkered but not much else to be honest. All of those things are true but there is so much more going on in terms of good presentation, excellent greens and interesting design, not to mention the stiff challengeFairhaven Golf Course - Photo by reviewer provided to all standards of golfer. Fairhaven is certainly unusual. How many other courses can you think of that play over perfect links turf (except for two holes) with magnificent revetted links-style bunkering and yet have some tree lined fairways and some of the biggest rhododendron bushes you will ever see? I can't think of any. There are a few heathland layouts that come close but nothing quite like this.

Will there be some links purists who would like to see a much more open aspect to the course? Will there be agronomists queuing up to advise the removal of all vegetation? Absolutely on both counts, but if the course management can continue to maintain such high standards, I for one would leave it just the way it is. Brian W

5 / 6
Fairhaven
June 14, 2016


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Played this course great course several times this year, and it has been with the utmost pleasure each time. Having played it in previous years as well, I can honestly say it is the best condition I have ever known it. The tees, fairways, rough, bunkers and greens all presented in great condition.The risk and reward set up makes you think and every time I have played the challenges (as well as my game!) have been different. Negotiate the bunkers and and good score is the cards, as the greens putt really true and with a great pace to them; the breaks on most greens are subtle which gives you the opportunity to rad them more easily and hole a few! Whilst the course is around 7,000 yards, the fast running links type fairways make the bunkers the element of the course which test your course management. My advice is take them on the par 5's (you still have a chance of making par if you go in one), but lay up on the par 4's.The new 5th hole is a great improvement and I think a better par 3 than the 17th, which is a great par 3 at the end of a round. The par 5 last hole has to be one of the best closing holes I have played, you can make an eagle, but equally as easy to score a double or more! Lytham St Annes is a great golf destination, with 3 other courses in the town (Royal Lytham, SAOL & Lytham Green Drive) and I look forward to returning next year.
6 / 6
Fairhaven
October 29, 2015


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Hugh
June 14, 2016
I'd give Green Drive a miss and play Fairhaven twice.
With so many great courses in this area, the underdogs need to fight hard to get their piece of the cake. Fairhaven is a decent course, a bit short by modern standards. The bunkering is great and overall the course was in great condition when I played. I thought most of the holes looked a bit alike, and a little too squeezed together. And the greens, despite offering a great roll, too flat to offer any real challenge. Scoring looked quite easy actually...One ball of my current rating goes down to the wonderful bunkering, the quality of the conditioning and the vegetation (lovely rhododendrons if I'm not mistaken). The course itself overall was a little disappointing, with too few really memorable holes (16 and 17 probably the better ones). Cedric
4 / 6
Fairhaven
May 11, 2014


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I hadn't played Fairhaven for around 15 years, so I was keen to go back there, today. Really loved playing it, despite the rain. The greens were not in the greatest condition, but still very good. Their are a couple of holes on the front nine that remind me of Carnoustie. Undoubtedly the highlight of the course is the fantastic bunkers... Great day and I shall return.
5 / 6
Fairhaven
September 11, 2013


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We played Fairhaven as an appetiser to our round at Lytham the next day and it was a great way to start our weekend. It was the middle of February so temporary tees were in play and some of the bunkers were GUR but the course in general and the greens in particular were in very good condition. I think what stood out most for me was the quality of the bunkering on the par4/5’s, there seemed to be a bunker to catch everyone regardless if you hit it 200 or 300 yards or draw or fade it. If you in the area playing golf I would recommend taking in Fairhaven.
4 / 6
Fairhaven
March 01, 2012


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I played the Fairhaven course at the weekend and really enjoyed the experience, despite having to contend with the all too familiar winter course restrictions of GUR Fairhaven Golf Course - Photo by reviewerin many of the bunkers and tee positions in fairways, in front of tee boxes. Holes are routed in two returning nines and, with only two of the nine par fours playing longer than 390 yards, it’s not too taxing from the regular gents tees. There’s been some subtle mounding work carried out around the course to create movement on a site that’s generally pretty flat and this, combined with some flash-faced bunkering (at the wonderful par three 17th in particular), adds more than a degree or two of interest. I liked the two ‘alien’ holes at 13 and 14, thinking they were not that out of kilter with the others and I also rated the par four 16th (at 471 yards) as it’s a real killer hole when slotted in so late in the round. Fairhaven’s a solid test that deserves respect as any good score will be hard earned here. Jim McCann
4 / 6
Fairhaven
February 23, 2012


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This is a terrific golf course. I’ve seen the debate below about whether it is a links course or not. It is. The playability of the course in rain is links in terms of almost perfect drainage. The flatish undulating nature of the course is links. The greens on the 4th of January 2012 are fast and cut way down – just like links. Par 72, millions of bunkers and 7000 yds off the back tees make it a good test. If you’re debating between this and another course go for this one.
5 / 6
Fairhaven
January 04, 2012


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Fairhaven is a cracking linksy-type track, albeit a lot of holes are also tree lined. The turf and bunkering are without doubt links style, and the trees merely enhance the need to hit it straight. Therein lies the key to scoring well at Fairhaven - keep it straight. Whilst this sounds obvious and could apply to virtually any course anywhere, there are no tricks or gimmicks at Fairhaven and it is the simplicity of the place and the way in which to play the course which make it such a fine place to play golf. Although it's 6500 yards from the yellow tees it doesn't actually play that long as it's a par 73. If you hit the ball a reasonable distance then take lots of irons off the tee to keep the ball on the short grass. The firm fairways and greens are fast and true, but the greens are also receptive and so a variety of shots can be played into the greens and bring success. The bunkering is exceptional and a visit to any of the devilish little beasts really does result in a dropped shot as they are true hazards. If I had to pick, then I would say that frong nine is better than the back, but only because the back has the two weakest holes (13 and 14) on the course, and these two don't fit in with the rest of the course. That said the finishing stretch of 16, 17 and 18 is outstanding. 16 is a monstrous par 4 of about 470 yards with nasty little fairway bunkers ready to catch any slightly stray drives, and a huge flat green. I was delighted with my par here. I was not so delighted with my triple bogey on the par 3 17th. This hole is probably the signature hole due to the sheer quantity of bunkers that protect the green. I found one, and stayed there for a little while, so pleasant was it!!! The 18th is a fine example of what a finishing hole should be - tough, but rewarding good shots with very presentable birdie chances. A shortish par 5 with a dogleg left, a brave line and well struck drive will be rewarded with a long to mid iron to get on in two. However, any slight mishit or misjudgement will likely find another of those fiendish bunkers around the green and then it'll be a struggle to make par. A wonderful three hole finish to a fine course and a tremendous club where the members and staff are amongst the friendliest you'll find and are rightly proud of their club. The breakfast was pretty damn good too! Anthony Daniels - played the course on 12th July 2010.
5 / 6
Fairhaven
July 28, 2010


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Fairhaven has a real links feel to it although it is inland and more parkland, it has some great holes with tough bunkering on many holes, it has two weak holes which seem to move away from the feel of the course, great value at £40 on a Saturday, greens were fast and true dispite the heavy rain during the week, good finishing holes and the 18th is a cracker, very friendly club and members were really pleased to see visitors.If you are in the Lytham / Blckpool area it is well worth the green fee.Can't wait to return for their open £72 for a four ball, great deal!!
5 / 6
Fairhaven
November 18, 2007


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