Fairview Farm Golf Club Receives Award

Fairview Farm Golf Course is an 18 hole, par 72 course encompassing one hundred and seventy acres of land in scenic Northwest Connecticut featuring a 7,000 sq. ft. clubhouse that overlooks lush fairways and spectacular views.

GLASTONBURY, Conn. – Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton has been selected by the Connecticut Section PGA to receive the 2019 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award.

Opened in 2000, Fairview Farm is an 18-hole championship golf course, banquet facility and restaurant. The establishment is being recognized by the PGA for being a role-model public facility as a result of its efforts to provide accessibility and a fun and enjoyable golfing experience.

The award will be presented at the annual Walter Lowell PGA Tournament on May 28 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Mass.

Fairview Farm is an avid supporter of high school golf. It is the home course of Lewis Mills High School, and schools such as Gunnery, Thomaston, Gilbert and Forman frequently play their matches at Fairview Farm. Plus, it annually hosts a CIAC Championship and the Berkshire League Championship.

In addition to making the course accessible to high school golf, Fairview Farm provides employment opportunities for junior golfers as well as discounts on greens fees and equipment. It is well known throughout the community for not only providing these opportunities, but also for the junior camps and clinics conducted by the golf professional staff with support from the Goshen and Harwinton Recreation Departments.

Fairway Farm Golf Course features 18 holes, in addition to a driving range and two tiered putting green, the 9th and 18th green offer a unique challenge since it measures 40,000 sq. ft.

Fairview Farm also supports regional and local golf associations, hosting numerous events, including USGA amateur qualifiers, PGA Pro-Amateurs and a Junior Golf Tour tournament every year.

“The Fairview Farm ownership and staff are delighted to be recognized for our dedication and commitment to public golf,” head pro Bob Sparks said. “We are proud of our efforts and the strides we have taken down this pathway.

The par-72 layout is located on what was formerly known as Delay Farm. In 1998, Bob Ferrarotti developed the golf course on 160 acres. He practically built the golf course on his own, transforming the property into the premier upscale public golf course it is today. In addition to 18 finely manicured golf holes, Fairview offers a driving range and a two-tiered putting green. Ferrarotti also built Stonybrook Golf Course in Litchfield.

Since 2001, the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award has honored a public golf course in the Section in recognition of their dedication to the promotion of the game of golf. The award was inaugurated in honor of the Canton Golf Course for the standards set towards a public course’s responsibility to its community to provide playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game.


Worked as sports writer for The Hartford Courant for 38 years before retiring in 2008. His major beats at the paper were golf, the Hartford Whalers, University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball, Yale football, United States and World Figure Skating Championships and ski columnist. He has covered every PGA Tour stop in Connecticut since 1971, along with 30 Masters, 25 U.S. Opens, four PGA Championships, 12 Deutsche Bank Championships, 15 Westchester (N.Y.) Classics and four Ryder Cups. He has won several Golf Writers Association of America writing awards, including a first place for a feature on John Daly, and was elected to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. He also worked for the Connecticut Whale hockey team for two years when they were renamed by former Hartford Whalers managing general partner Howard Baldwin, who had become the marketing director of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.

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