Fairbairn Golf Club
18 Holes
PAR 71
5726 M
3 Reviews
Fairbairn measures 5726m Par 71 with five par 3s ranging from 137-181m, nine par 4s ranging from 230-402m and four par 5s ranges from 445-530m. Course has natural grass fairways with mostly dormant Santa Ana couch grass and ryegrass. The grasses on the fairways are mostly patchy in areas with some clover weeds coming through the top which makes your lie interesting to play off. The bentgrass greens also have a clover grass weed rolled in which plays a little slow but is still quite smooth. The teebeds are mostly ryegrass. In terms of hazards, there are 2 ponds and a total of 25 bunkers on the course. Despite the weak opening 230m straight Par 4-1st (index 16) the front nine is more challenging. Highlights include: the 370m slight bend left 3rd (index 3) with a small pond near the tee and a pine tree-lined fairway with 2 bunkers along the leftside about 250m to clear off the tee to a green with 2 shortside bunkers; the 366m 4th (index 11) which doglegs 90 degrees left around a large pond and depending on your teeshot can require a rather long approach over water to the green guarded by 3 bunkers; the 524m slight bend right 5th (index 5) with a blind second shot over a small crest to a slightly elevated 20m wide green with a back bunker; the 170m 6th (index 6) to an elevated bunkerless green above the fairway with rather steep banks front, rear and right. The front nine is more challenging and varied than back nine. The front nine has more bunkering but the back nine is slightly longer off the tee and has a roadway that crosses a few fairways. Despite some holes being too short to challenge any reasonable golfer I highly rate the stretch of holes 3-6 as the course's best attributes. The layout is odd with the back nine begins with a walk 150m back down the 9th fairway to tee off on the shared 2nd/11th tee mound. The clubhouse is not has the 1st and 14th tee mounds within close proximity. The 163m 16th (index 7) is a challenging par 3 with a red-staked water channel 5m left of the narrow 10m wide by 15m long bunkerless front-sloping green. This is followed by the longest hole on the course: the 530m 17th (index 4) which is a sweeping left hole with OOB and airport views along the entire rightside to the narrow but 20m long bunkerless green. Having played at Royal Canberra the same day, I think it is an exaggeration to say that each hole is lined by massive pine trees. Only holes 12 & 13 have pine trees up to 30m tall along the entire fairway. Other holes, especially the front nine, have mostly sparsely tree-lined wide fairways. Played here 24/04/2012 with $20 weekday green fees and $28 weekend green fees. For a course with only 2 ground staff, the greens are well-maintained but its fairways have thin topsoil and are patchy. Course access is from Laverton Avenue which is off Glenora/Fairbairn Drive between the airport and Queanbeyan via Pialliago Avenue. The land is leased by the golf club off the Commonwealth but its members run the course. Call the clubhouse on (02) 6257 9000 for a round and remember there is no proshop here so if unattended a honesty box system is in place. Not the best in Canberra but there are some good views of the airport and Majura Valley.
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Played here on Saturday 21st April in a social group of 20 blokes.. Its not the best cousre but for $28 and a 11am Tee time on a Saturday it was good.. Course was fairly deserted and we didnt really see any members at all, although 2 members in a cart were pushing in playing whichever hole they could.. Standing behind us on the Tee huffing and Puffing like they owned the joint.. other than that we had a very enjoyable day ..each hole is lined by massive pine trees that must be 50 years old.. good Greens and Tees..Fairways were a real mixture of many grass types, so a good lie was a lottery.. The lady in the Pro Shop/Bar was an absolute delight to deal with and was very helpful. She was a good sort to.. bonus.. Will i Play there again??? probably... and as for the Australia Bunker?? its gone... just grassy rough now... many short par 4's, good par 3's and the 17th is a brutally long par 5.. overall a good parkland couse.
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Fairbairn has recently been opened up to the public after being restricted to airforce personnel. The course is nicely layed out with some short & long par 4, same with the par 3 and some very long par 5s. The fairways are in good condition considering the lack of water in the ACT region over last year or so. Most of the fairways are lined with large pines but there are plenty of gaps if you find yourself wayward. The bunkers are poorly drained and each time I have played after recent rains has meant that they turn it water hazards for a week or more. The greens are, to put it nicely, strange in appearance and there are plenty of faults/blemishes but they do play pretty true.

This course is not the best or even close but there are a few challeges to keep the interest. Cheap & cheerful.

Keep an eye out for the bunker on the 5th which is in the shape of Australia including Tasmania.

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Golf Course Details
Laverton Avenue, Fairbairn
Surrounds, ACT 2609, Australia
General: 0262579000