Fairhaven Golf Club

Oakwood Ave,

Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 4JU

  • Office

    +44 (0)1253 736 741
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1253 736 976
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1253 736 741
  • Golf pro

    Andrew Lancaster

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and open countryside.

  • Designer:

    James Braid and James A. 'Jim' Steer laid out the original course at this location in 1922/23. Later improvements were made by Steer in 1931 and Dave Thomas in 1977.

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How to get there:

5 miles SE of Blackpool

From Preston follow the A583 direction Blackpool. After approximately 3 mi turn left onto the A584 direction Lytham St Annes. After 7 mi, having entered Lytham, the Lytham windmill will be on your left. From the windmill continue for a further o.7 mi on the A584, then turn right into Fairlawn Road, direction Lytham Hall. After 100 yds turn left into Church Rd. After o.4 mi (having driven over railway bridge) turn right into Forest Rd, then immediately left into Oakwood Ave and immediately right into golf club.

Fairhaven Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1895

Fairhaven Golf Club: The Lancashire coast is home to England's most impressive concentration of links golf courses. Although few are laid out directly along the seashore, they nevertheless occupy excellent quality links terrain, just perfect for golf. Within this revered collection are Open Championship venues like Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St Annes. Amongst the lesser known gems, you'll find excellent layouts such as Fairhaven, Formby and Hillside.

Fairhaven, like its near neighbour Royal Lytham, is set back half a mile or so from the coast, but that doesn't detract one jot from the excellent quality of the course or the challenges it lays down. The abundant revetted bunkering is top class, and, like the wispy fescues lining the crisp-turf fairways, is best avoided if you can.

Although essentially flat, and not beside the sea, this is a layout brimming with an interesting mix of links and parkland features. The character is more open and linksy than tree-lined, although beyond the perimeter lies attractive woodland, and a few pockets of trees adorn the course itself. When the rhododendrons are in bloom in May, a wonderful splash of colour is added to the scene.

The original course design benefited from the guiding hand of James Braid, one of Britain's greatest players and course designers. Braid worked on the layout together with local professional Jim Steer. In 1977 Dave Thomas was commissioned to raise the profile of the bunkers, alter some of the greens and generally tighten up what is undoubtedly one of Lancashire's 'must play' courses.

List of courses: England - Lancs / Cheshire


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.

Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36.

Green fees

Contact club for information on green fees, tee-time availability, discounts, etc.

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Caddies available (if pre-booked).

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Fairhaven has regularly been used for final qualification when the Open Championship is played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. Each year it also hosts an internationally recognised Junior competition "The Fairhaven Trophies."


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