5 reviews of Fairhaven Golf Club Ltd.
Played here a couple of weeks ago and completely agree with the review from Chris. a course with plenty of room on each hole. VERY unlikely any golfer hits a shot and will land on the fairway of another hole...a few tough holes with plenty of bunkers but dare i say a touch boring in places. For £65 during the week and £80 at weekend its not cheap and IMO overpriced by at least £20. Have played a few courses in this area and taking all things into account Blackpool Nortb Shore and St Annes Old Links are better courses and in the case of BNS much cheaper. Excellent club house facilities though. Really impressed with that side of the club
Played September 08 after a long spell of horrendous wet weather.
The course in the main had held up pretty well to the appalling recent conditions, with just a couple of holes very wet in parts and with some standing water.
There are somewhere in the region of 200 bunkers on this course and they are pretty tough to get out of at the best of times. On our visit, most bunkers were rock hard as they had very little sand in them, which to be fair I could understand as they would continually be washed out with the poor weather.
Despite the good drainage, there was little or no run on fairways making an already pretty long course even longer. Hitting the big stick was almost compulsory to give you any chance at all of reaching many of the long par 4s on the course.
The greens were in suprisingly good nick considering the amount of rain they'd been subjected to just about all summer. Firm, true and pretty quick. Would be intersting to play at the height of summer during a long dry spell - if we ever get one again!
Facilities at the Club were good with a decent practice area and range. Pro shop well stocked and staff helpful. Catering very good and again staff very accommodating.
Interesting to note the comments of a previous poster who said their are very few memorable holes - I do understand what he means, a lot of them are very similar and it's nigh impossible to pick out the "signature hole". And it's certainly not a "true links" - though it has a links feel to it! The course left me thinking it was a tough old track, but I didn't leave with that "wow factor" in the memory.
Definitely worth at least one visit though.
Next door to Royal Lytham and a very good links course but no sea views. Extremely neat and tidy, yes, lots of bunkers, and I think most visitors will be impressed as per other reports HOWEVER:
It is dead flat. Sam Snead wisely said a good test of a course is can you remember each hole in order after you play it for the first time. I challenge anyone to do this for Fairhaven. Par 4 420 yards slight bend to the left, followed by par 4 the other way 430 yards slight bend to the right, etc. etc. I wouldn't say there are any feature holes, and 13, 14, are pretty weak short par 4s.
Still worth a visit, nice facilities including a small range, but not outstanding.
Played this course june 2006. Fantastic. Greens and fairways in wonderful condition. Tough test from the tips and fullyunderstand its status as an open qualifier. Mega value for money. almost as good as it gets.
Played in late October 2005, very wet weather but course stood up well. Had caddied here in Lytham Trophy some years ago and wanted to play it because of its reputation as having more bunkers than any other UK course - 193. Went into around 192 of them and out first time on each occasion. A superb course and a good test of golf, driving at a premium because of the traps. Parkland course though trees are not overpowering but give good hole-separation. Reasonably priced especially considering its pedigree. Only negative comment is that the staff appear somewhat aloof - as if from another century. No pressure of numbers on the course. Probaby not sought out as a venue but well worth a visit.
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