Why should I join your course?
To this day, Fairwood Park remains the only parkland golf course in South-West Wales to have ever held a PGA tournament. It is the only PGA status Championship golf course within the County of Swansea, so each and every time you step onto the 1st tee you can be absolutely sure there is no better golf experience to enjoy in Swansea.
On two separate occasions during the 1990s we were chosen as the venue for the Welsh PGA Championships, an event that was televised live by the BBC. On both occasions it was won by Paul Mayo, a man who played in no fewer than 6 British Open Championships (alongside Jack Nicklaus on one occasion) as well as playing in the 1988 Augusta Masters.
So each and every single time you step out onto the 1st tee you’ll know that if it’s good enough for the exacting standards of Professional golfers it’s good enough for anybody.
Welsh Rugby stars Ian Gough and Ryan Jones are two of Fairwood Park's most famous members. You certainly won't find two bigger 'obstacles' at any other course in South Wales!
How playable is the course in winter? Are you on temporary greens?
Play the video above to see our drainage system in action!!
The real joy of any parkland golf course is that it can be manicured to perfection during the summer months when the grass grows and the sun shines. However, the double edged sword is that such parkland courses are almost always situated upon impermeable clay subsoil which does not drain away large quantities of water very well in the winter, thereby causing flooded fairways, waterlogged greens and course closures.
That is why all of us at Fairwood Park are justifiably proud of the fact that following the completion of a long term drainage scheme the golf course stays open for play throughout the winter and off temporary greens.
Fairwood Park member and ex-Wales striker, John Hartson celebrates the completion of the club's winter drainage system in March 2009. This drainage system now keeps the course open for play throughout the whole year, and more importantly, off temporary greens.
Furthermore, we do not close any holes for play throughout the winter so as a member you can be sure of the fact that the course you play in the winter doesn’t differ from the one you enjoy in the summer. Another benefit of this is that we handicap all of our competitions right throughout the winter which means that bandits won't be able to get away with claiming a higher handicap for 5 months of the year! Under Golf Union Of Wales rules a Club may only handicap its competitions during the winter months if the distance of its course is within 100 yards of its official summer length, which is certainly the case at Fairwood Park.
Naturally it's true that the course inevitably plays shorter off the tees in summer when the ground is firmer and a well hit tee shot will run further. But it is also true that few parkland golf courses in South-West Wales can compete with Fairwood Park’s fantastic drainage.
What’s the social side of membership like, and will I find it easy to meet other members?
Furthermore, you’ll never go without a game here because there will always be a 2 or 3 ball group willing to play with you, so long as you yourself want to play with others. Fancy testing this theory out for yourself? Then just head down to the practice nets by the 1st tee on your own and ask the first 3 ball you meet if they mind that you join them for a game!
I’m a novice golfer or high handicap player. I don’t want to feel embarrassed when I play the course with other members.
If you’re relatively new to the game of golf or have a high handicap then one of the main worries you might have is the fear of somehow embarrassing yourself by playing with other members who might play off a much lower or single handicap. One of the reasons that this fear is unfounded at Fairwood Park is because of our Stones Section.
The Stones are uniquely geared towards meeting the needs of the Club’s higher handicapped golfers and play on a weekly basis in a relaxed atmosphere where the emphasis is most definitely on enjoyment rather than being ultra competitive. And it’s absolutely true that when you play golf with other players of the same ability then you feel a lot less apprehension about hitting the odd bad shot yourself. This is what makes our Stones Section so unique and why you needn’t have any fear about joining if you’re a novice golfer.
Can I use my electric or pull trolley on the golf course at all times in winter?
How hilly are you / How easy is it to walk the course?
While the relative flatness of the course is perhaps more appreciated by the older golfer, younger players can also benefit from the feeling of relative freshness they’ll experience compared to playing on a more hilly track, leaving them less fatigued from their round and able to get on with their other interests in their life away from the game of golf.
Swansea City Football Club's players believe that the main benefit of their Fairwood Corporate Membership is the flatness of the course, allowing them to recuperate from the strains of professional football without doing more damage to their bodies!
What are your practice facilities like?
You invest a lot of money in your golf equipment and your golf subscriptions and by investing time practicing on our excellent facilities you’ll become the best player you can possibly be. When you join Fairwood Park this year there’ll be no excuses for dropping at least another 3 shots off your card!
Are Buggies available for hire?
The Club has a very large fleet of buggies available for hire, which means that it's very easy to book one out even during busy periods. All members receive a specially discounted rate of £10 per round on buggy hire.
How long is the course?
The first thing to note is that when played off the Championship back tees, Fairwood Park is a completely different proposition compared to the standard yellow tee boxes. At 6,700 yards, the Par 73 Championship tees easily make Fairwood Park the longest course in the County of Swansea.
Off these back tees it is not only one’s accuracy that comes into question but also one’s distance, and the advantage of playing on such a long course is that it forces players to improve their long iron game in order to stand any chance of making par. Unlike shorter golf courses, you will get found out very quickly if your long iron game is lacking in precision - off the back tees there are no easy 9 iron or wedge shots to get onto the Par 4s in two!
But by joining Fairwood Park as a member you will get a regular opportunity to play these type of shots over and over again, and by doing so you will inevitably improve your overall game with a full arsenal of weaponry to attack any golf course. By joining a course with a lot less yardage you’ll certainly develop a good short iron game but this will be to the detriment of your skills with the long irons.
If the length of the course sounds a little intimidating at first then the good news is that the vast majority of golf played at Fairwood Park is actually done so off the yellow tees! And at 6,220 yards this is a much more manageable distance for those who are a little daunted by the prospect of playing off the Championship tees.
The other benefit to note for higher handicap players is that since the arrival at our course of some state-of-the-art machinery in 2008 we are now able to keep not only the height of the cut in the rough down, but also the grass in and amongst the 15,000 trees and small plantations that give the golf course its wonderful definition. While there are fewer pleasing sights in the game of golf than a beautiful tree-lined fairway, it’s also true that losing your ball in amongst those trees may quickly dampen your mood! As a result, those golfers with higher handicaps need not worry about constantly losing balls from hitting poor shots - and with fewer balls lost, more strokes get saved, meaning that handicaps come down quicker!
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