The youngest of the 2020 championship sites, Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton was created just a decade ago on the site of the old Delay dairy farm.
Owner Henry Delay, part of four generations who had worked the land, retired in 1992 and pleased with Bob Ferrarotti’s idea of turning the land into a golf course. He sold, the course was completed, mostly by Ferrarotti himself, in 2000, and Delay was able to see the joy it brought to local golfers before passing in 2017.
Fairview Farm has been a strong supporter of high school golf, home to school teams from Lewis Mills High School, and schools such as Gunnery, Thomaston, Gilbert, and Forman frequently play their matches there. It has hosted CIAC championships as well. Its juniors have for the past two years been part of the PGA Junior League team that made nationals. Head professional Bob Sparks, whose players made up 70 percent of the team, served as its captain. Sparks is a former winner of the Connecticut Section’s Junior Golf Leader Award.
Thanks in part to Sparks’ work, its junior program and leagues, Fairview Farm won the 2019 Connecticut Section Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award for its promotion of the game.
If there is a first tee meant to encourage the optimum (read tranquil) golf temperament, it is Fairview Farm’s. Along with its massive (7,000-foot) clubhouse, it sits on the high point of the old farm and offers the kind of views, often misty in early morning, that visitors come to Litchfield County for.
The course itself is testy, tree-lined and sometimes hilly, with blue grass fairways and large, pristine bent-grass greens, including the enormous par-5 18th, which, approached uphill, may vary by six clubs depending on hole location.
For the Women’s Amateur the course will play to par 72 at about 5800 yards. The course’s finish is somewhat unusual. The last par 3 at Fairview Farm is the 170-yard 12th. Holes 15 to 18, which vary in length from 310 to 460, are par 4, par 5, par 4, par 5. Those two par 5s, both measuring about 460 yards, offer great comeback and turnaround opportunities.
Meghan Mitchell of New Canaan won the 54th Women’s Amateur in 2019 at Oronoque Country Club. Jen Holland, 2019 Liz Janangelo Caron Player of the Year, won the Senior Division.