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Fairbairn Golf Club is situated on the Fairbairn precinct, located at the north-east corner of the Canberra International Airport. Access is via Glenora Drive, off Pialligo Avenue (the road to Queanbeyan). It is a full 18 hole par 70 course with well maintained grass greens and fairways defined by established pine trees. There are bunkers, mounds and water hazards to add to the golfing challenge, but the rough is kept manageable to minimise frustration and add to the enjoyment of your round. Take a look around
In 1953 a six hole course with sand greens was built on a vacant area of RAAF Base Fairbairn by a group of volunteer serving personnel. By 1965 the course had expanded to nine holes with grass greens - the turf coming from the old Royal Canberra Golf Club when it was forced to relocate owing to the filling of Lake Burley Griffin. At that time the club was known as RAAF Golf Club Fairbairn, with membership and indeed access largely restricted to serving personnel. In 1998 the name of the club was changed to the ADF Golf Club and in a sign of the times the Department of Defence made it clear that historical subsidies in the form of things like 'free' electricity and water, cleaning, waste disposal etc.could not continue indefinitely and the club would need to become self-supporting. This process of sometimes painful transition commenced in the late 1990s, led to the registration of 'Fairbairn Golf Club incorporated' in 2004 and culminated in 2010 when a formal lease (The Defence Licence) was negotiated, giving the club security of tenure for an initial period of seven years in return for an annual rent. Download 'A Brief History'
The club operates under the terms of the 'Associations Incorporation Act 1991' and a formal Constitution. The Constitution is itself supported by a number of By-Laws and this governance framework is managed by an elected volunteer Committee of members. The Committee employs a full time Club Manager who looks after day to day matters, including accounts, Club House operations and engagement of casual staff. In keeping with the Club's origins there is still heavy reliance on volunteer activity, especially for occassional 'working bees' and the running of events.