Fairhaven Golf Club was founded in 1895, with the current golf course, designed by J H Steer and James Braid opening in 1924. The club has regularly hosted Local Final Qualifying for The Open Championship. Past Open Champion, Justin Leonard holds the professional course record there, which stands at 64 and was set during Final Qualifying in 1996.
Inaugurated in 1994, The Junior Open has been run by The R&A since 2000. All national golf organisations around the world are invited to send one boy and/or one girl, under the age of 16, to compete in the 54-hole event, which is played every two years.
Last year’s Open Championship runner-up Sergio Garcia, Solheim Cup star Paula Creamer and Walker Cup player David Inglis have all played in the Junior Open. Previous venues include Heswall, Kilmarnock (Barassie), Royal Musselburgh and Crail.
photos Janos Schmidt