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Fairhaven Golf Club

Category: golf

Fairhaven Golf Course is situated on sandy free draining soils and although sited half a mile inland from the coast it has many characteristics of a links course. The course layout dates from 1924 when J A Steer and James Braid landscaped the site by creating the hills, hollow and bunkers that have since characterised the design. The management of the course is therefore very much in line with the management of a links site with an emphasis on the management of the finer grasses and a sustainable approach to management.


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STRI has a long association with Fairhaven Golf Club and has provided the club with ongoing high-quality agronomy support for many years. STRI works with the Green Committee, the Course Manager Peter Simpson and his team to ensure the course is and continues to be maintained in optimum year-round condition.

STRI works with the club as agronomists to The R&A Championship Committee, providing advice through regular visits to assist the club in presenting the course for Regional Qualifying for The Open Championship.

We also work directly with the club, providing technical knowledge and up to date information to ensure that the course is well presented year-round for members and visitors.

The playing quality of the greens is a great strength and this high standard of performance has been demonstrated through annual objective STRI Programme testing for several years.

The 118 revetted bunkers provide a strong architectural design feature of the course and are always presented in immaculate condition due to the in-house skills of the team and commitment to an ongoing rebuilding programme.

The club has been very involved in driving forwards environmental improvements and this work has been recognised through the Golf Environment Awards on a regular basis. More recently the club has been awarded Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) accreditation. Environmental work currently includes rhododendron removal, reinstating previously lost views between holes and across the course.

In May each year the club hosts the Fairhaven Trophies, an internationally recognised 72-hole scratch championship for Junior Golfers. Hosting this event demands that the course is presented in tournament condition very early in the growing season, placing additional pressure on the development of high quality playing surfaces through the difficult early spring months.

More recently the turf management programme has focused on improving sward species composition through both greens and surround areas with overseeding programmes and improvements are already starting to be seen. Sward improvement programmes are also being initiated through areas of eco-rough to refine and improve species composition through these important grassland areas.

The Results

Successful delivery of playing surfaces to tournament standard for the internationally recognised Fairhaven Trophies championship.

The turf management programme has delivered improved sward species composition.

The club has been awarded Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) accreditation.

STRI continues to support the club, providing ongoing high-quality agronomic advice.