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, 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: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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Anthony Daniels
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.
July 28, 2010
8 / 10
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paul
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!!
November 18, 2007
8 / 10
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jamesrj
This is a great course. The greens are fast and pristine, although not much break. The last four holes are, in my opinion, the most enjoyable. The 17th is a great par 3 with about 7 or 8 pot bunkers guarding the front and sides. Clubhouse a bit dated though.
May 09, 2007
8 / 10
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John
Played Fairhaven on the back of comments on this website and I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. A couple of holes on soggy ground but apart from that this is the real thing, a true inland links with fast and firm surfaces. Much better than St Annes Old Links and it's a delightfuly quiet and unoverlooked spot. Well worth playing.
November 01, 2006
8 / 10
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I always include Fairhaven in the itinerary when we go back to play golf on the Lancs coast. It's a much better course than St Annes Old Links which is ranked higher on this website. Lytham Green Drive is not a bad track either and also worth a look. Fairhaven is a tough test and it does feel very linksy in the most part. I understand from speaking to one of the members that once upon a time this land was real links and very much on the coast (we're going back a couple of hundred years). Most of St Annes is built on sand and the sea is forever receding. Anyway, definitely worth playing and this course can't fail to impress both links and inland lovers.
October 22, 2005
8 / 10
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John Harris
March 14, 2008
Noticed review.I have played Fairhaven several times and it is a very good course,but in no way is it a links.It was opened in the twenties on farm and parkland and the address is Hall Park.It is a woodland parkland course and very peaceful and surrounded with lovely scenery.But links never!
Keith Baxter
April 02, 2008
My understanding of the term “links” goes back to the beginnings of golf and relates to the sandy land that “linked” the sea with fertile farmland further inland. In the case of Fairhaven and most of the town of St Annes on Sea and, to lesser extent, Lytham, these towns were literally built on land reclaimed from the sea and I have first hand experience as I was brought up here and my family home was built on a foundational raft to stop if from subsiding. If you dug a few inches deeper than the topsoil in my garden in St Annes then you would hit pure sand. Fairhaven golf course is laid out mainly on land that formerly (more than 200 years ago before the seaside town existed) linked the sea with farmland. Only holes 12 and 13, aptly named “Farm” and “Field” are built on heavier soil. The fact that the club is located at an address called “Lytham Hall Park” is a red herring. Lytham Hall Park sprung up in the 1960s as a new housing estate. As for the abundance of trees at Fairhaven, well all I can say is that trees exist to a lesser or greater extent on plenty of true links courses, but Fairhaven should best be described as a blend of links and parkland (although links is more predominant in my view). Formby, for example, has a number of holes flanked by stately pines. To my mind, Fairhaven plays like a links course (except 12 and 13). The soil is light and sandy and the turf fast and hard. But I’m biased as I was brought up on England’s Golf Coast!
Billy
Fairhaven is a great course, memorable and honest...it's also very tough and there's plenty of sand to catch you out. Don't overlook Fairhaven in your rush to play Royal Lytham & St Annes...in many ways Fairhaven is just as good but without the championship history...even both clubhouses are similar. It's located a long way inland, but the ground, in the most part, is sandy. A couple of holes in the middle of the back nine (adjacent to farmland) are out of keeping with the rest. Nevertheless, well worth playing.
September 23, 2004
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