fair·​way | \ ˈfer-ˌwā How to pronounce fairway (audio) \

Definition of fairway

1a : a navigable part of a river, bay, or harbor
b : an open path or space
2 : the closely mowed part of a golf course between a tee and a green

Examples of fairway in a Sentence

Her shot landed at the left side of the fairway.

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Spieth began his round by hitting his tee shot into the water, lost ground and momentum with a sloppy double bogey — his first of the week — from the fairway on No. 7 and recorded only two birdies in his round of 74. Doug Ferguson, BostonGlobe.com, "Patrick Reed moves into Northern Trust lead," 10 Aug. 2019 His skills are best suited for ultra-long courses with wide fairways and forgiving greens, like Erin Hills at the 2017 US Open (which played at some 7,840 yards during the first two rounds). D.r., The Economist, "Can Rory McIlroy win on his home turf?," 17 July 2019 Its premium location backs up to the 11th fairway and faces open space. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Thrive in the lifestyle of your dreams — soar to Eagle Ridge," 8 July 2019 The club’s golf course sets manicured fairways and greens against a backdrop of drought-tolerant landscaping. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carmel Mountain Ranch: Master-planned community dates to Mexican land grant," 28 June 2019 One of the longer hitters in her days on the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour, Davies didn’t really need the extra distance provided by rock-hard fairways on the ancient prairie-style links. Gene Chamberlain, chicagotribune.com, "Laura Davies, Trish Johnson share U.S. Senior Women's Open lead at Chicago Golf Club," 13 July 2018 The vehicle hit three trees before coming to a rest on a fairway. Eduardo Medina, SFChronicle.com, "Crash involving three girls in Santa Rosa leaves one dead, one arrested," 1 July 2019 Litchfield Park: The Wigwam's Red, White & Boom There will be music, a Kid Zone with bounce houses and water slides (unlimited ride and activity wrist bands are $12) and fireworks on the first fairway of the Blue Course. azcentral, "Here's where (and when) to see July 4th fireworks in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale and more," 26 June 2019 While Green was waiting on the fairway, Park was up on the green, burying a lengthy birdie putt to move to 8 under for the tournament, one shot behind Green. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Not even Hannah Green thought she could win at Hazeltine, but she did," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of fairway

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of fairway

: the part of a golf course that has short grass and that lies between a tee and a green


fair·​way | \ ˈfer-ˌwā How to pronounce fairway (audio) \

Kids Definition of fairway

: the mowed part of a golf course between a tee and a green

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