The Fairview Country Club traces its roots to 1904, when two men – Albert Heyman and Fred Herz – with tongue in cheek, composed a letter of invitation to membership that started as follows:
“The undersigned having concluded that honeymoons and golf clubs are conducive to a larger sphere of enjoyment than the ordinary business pursuits, have determined to exploit this idea by the organization of a small and exclusive golf club, the matrimonial feature having already had attention at our hands. We intend conducting this golf organization on a little larger scale than the matrimonial feature – in fact, propose having about forty fellows and twenty girls.”
The founders leased the Fairview Links in Bronxville. The nine-hole course had been built in the late 1890’s by the Rose Brothers, Augustus and Middleton, and was used for a couple of years by Siwanoy’s founders. A tiny frame bungalow served as a clubhouse.
The lease at Fairview was canceled after the 1907 season, and the club moved to the Decker farm in Elmsford, 95 acres of gently rolling land replete with springs and running streams, and very few trees. There the club built an 18-hole golf course and converted a large, old-fashioned farmhouse into a clubhouse.
Unfortunately, within a few years that land was needed by New York City for an aqueduct, and so the club moved to the Shrady estate, across the Road 500 yards away. The Shrady mansion, a huge English Tudor with a great view across the Saw Mill River Valley, became the Clubhouse. The new 18-hole golf course, designed by Donald Ross, opened in August of 1912.
That course served the club until 1968 when the move to Greenwich took place. The handwriting had been on the wall for several years before the actual move. Commercialization of the Elmsford area started in 1956, and the coming of Route 287 in 1960 shattered the tranquility of the club’s old setting forever. The members agreed to buy the Greenwich land, and sell the old Elmsford property, on July 3, 1965. The new site was comprised of 200 wooded acres belonging to St. Luke’s Convalescent Hospital, including the hospital building itself, which became the clubhouse.
The club engaged the famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones. The course was ready for play in June of 1968.
While in Elmsford, longevity of service became Fairview’s hallmark. John Inglis came to Fairview in 1907 as golf professional/caddiemaster, and remained on the scene for fifty-seven years before retiring in 1964. All seven of the Turnesa brothers caddied at Fairview as boys, learning the game from Inglis. Their father, Vitale Turnesa, served Fairview for fifty-four years, the last thirty-five as greenskeeper.
Today, Fairview’s members enjoy twelve tennis and three paddle tennis courts and a swimming pool in addition to their golf course.
Directions to the Club
Via Merritt Parkway SOUTH
Take Merritt Parkway South to Exit 27N – King Street. Bear right as you exit off ramp. Continue 2 ¾ miles to Fairview Country Club. The Club entrance will be on the right hand side.
Via Hutchinson River Parkway NORTH
Take Hutchinson River Parkway to Exit 30S – Route 120A, King Street, Rye Brook, Greenwich. Make left onto 120A (King Street). Continue 2 ¾ miles to Fairview Country Club. The Club entrance will be on your right.
From Tappan Zee Bridge
Follow signs to Interstate 287 East (Cross Westchester Expressway). Take Exit 9 – Interstate 684 North. Take Exit 2 – Westchester County Airport. Yield right off ramp* and go straight through traffic light. Go approximately ½ mile. At the rotary take a left (go ¾ the way around) onto Rye Lake Road. Take Rye Lake Road to end. At the traffic light turn right onto 120A (King Street). Fairview Country Club will be on the left approximately 1/4 of a mile from Rye Lake Road.
*Follow alternate directions to Fairview Country Club if Rye Lake Road is closed.
Via I-95 North
Take I-95 to Exit 21. Bear left onto 287 WEST (Cross-Westchester Expressway). Follow to Exit 9 Hutchinson River Parkway North to Exit 30S - Route 120A, King Street, Rye Brook, Greenwich. Make left onto 120A (King Street). Continue 2 ¾ miles to Fairview Country Club. The Club entrance will be on your right.
Via I-95 South
Take I-95 to 287 WEST to Hutchinson River Parkway North to Exit 30S - Route 120A,
King Street, Port Chester. Make left onto 120A (King Street). Continue 2 ¾ miles to Fairview Country Club. The Club entrance will be on your right.
DIRECTIONS VIA TRAIN
New Haven Line from Grand Central Station to Port Chester, New York Station. Call local taxi – 914-937-4040 to Fairview Country Club, 1241 King Street, Greenwich.
*ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS WHEN RYE LAKE ROAD IS CLOSED:
AT TRAFFIC LIGHT, MAKE LEFT ONTO ROUTE 120. GO TO SECOND STREET AND MAKE RIGHT TURN ONTO GATEWAY LANE. GO TO STOP SIGN AND MAKE RIGHT ONTO KING STREET. FAIRVIEW COUNTRY CLUB IS 1.4 MILES ON THE LEFT.