Formby Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Formby Golf Club Est. 1884

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Formby Golf Club: Looking out from Formby's resplendent clubhouse, with its equally impressive clock tower, you cannot help but be enthused at the prospect of a round on these hallowed links. Laid out before you are two excellent 18-hole links courses. The independently run Formby Ladies course (measuring 5,300 yds), is encircled by the highly acclaimed Formby championship course. When played from the Blue tees the main course stretches to over 7,000 yards, and on such occasions is known to members as the "Blue Monster".

Laid out on fast-draining sandy soil, Formby predominantly exudes the character of an open seaside links course, but it also embraces some distinctly heathland and woodland stretches. While some holes are relatively flat, others occupy more undulating terrain. This mix of golfing habitats and topography, ensures a round that's full of variety, where no two holes look or play the same.

The opening "heathland" stretch gives way to a challenging and tighter-feeling "woodland" run of holes, played through towering pines. With the wind seeming to freshen, the testing long par-4 9th signals a shift from woodland to pure links golf. This remains the dominant theme throughout Formby's stunning back-nine. Wonderfully open duneland comes into view as you "make the turn", with the elevated tee of the long par-3 10th offering a brief glimpse onto the Irish Sea.

The links at Formby Golf Club were founded in 1884. Over the years they have been sensitively modernised by some legendary designers, ensuring the course remains a challenging and enjoyable test of golf, and one of England's finest.

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Making Contact

Formby Golf Club
Golf Road, Freshfield,
Formby, Merseyside L37 1LQ
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Office   +44 (0)1704 872 164
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1704 873 090

  +44 (0)1704 833 028

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Golf Pro
Andrew Witherup
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland and seaside.
Designer: Original design by Willie Park Jr. Changes made to holes 15 thru' 18 by James Braid (1922). Further modifications made by Harry Colt (1920s), and by Donald Steel (1984).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7031 6496 6048
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75 72 70
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-71 Formby Ladies Golf Course (5,374 yds from back tees; SSS 71). Formby Ladies' is characterised by narrow heather-lined fairways and small greens protected by well positioned pot bunkers. Golfers need to play with precision rather than length. In the words of Greg Norman, "this is a beautiful course, clearly showing that courses do not need to be 7,000 yards to be formidable."
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How2Get There?

14 miles N of Liverpool
From the A565 (Formby by-pass) just east of Formby, at roundabout (with BP petrol station), turn into Southport Rd (B5424) and head west. At T-junction turn right into Paradise Lane, then left into Wrigleys Lane. Follow Wrigley's Lane and cross-over into Timms Lane. After 300 yds turn right into Gores Lane and next left into Victoria Rd. After railway crossing (at Freshfields Station) turn immediately right into Golf Rd. After 400 yards golf entrance is in front of you.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, day ticket in high season (May, June, July & Sept): weekdays £125; weekends £140. April, Aug & Oct rates: £90/£100. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays, Saturdays (after 3:30pm) and Sundays (after 2:30pm).  Must book in advance. Maximum handicap permitted: men 28; women 36. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times.
Caddies available (if booked in advance).
Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Formby has hosted many prestigious championships including the British Amateur Championship, British Ladies Amateur and Curtis Cup matches (in 2004). (See our Tournaments section >by Venue >Formby). | Formby is somewhat unique in having Mens' and Ladies' Clubs on the same site. The Ladies Club, established in 1896, has its own course, clubhouse and green-keeping staff. There are interesting rules governing who can play on which course, at what time. For visitors, suffice to say that both men and women can play on either course (subject to tee-time availability). | Formby Golf Club has its own Dormy accommodation which can sleep up to 10 persons in 3 doubles and 4 single rooms.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 44th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (53.567354)
Longitude: (-3.073683)
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Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa 4-star
Southport Old Road, Formby, Merseyside L37 0AB
+44 (0)1704 875 699

With 62 bedrooms, Formby Hall combines all the charm and individuality of a boutique hotel, with the facilities of a 4-star luxury spa and golf resort. Located just 30 mins from Liverpool, it is an ideal base from which to explore the fabulous golf courses on the Lancashire coast.

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The Vincent Hotel 4-star
98 Lord Street, Southport PR8 1JR
+44 (0)1704 883 800

Located on Lord Street, Southport’s main boulevard and opening in 2008, The Vincent Hotel is a contemporary boutique hotel. 60 guest rooms, suites and a penthouse occupy the six floors in this award winning design. The hotel's facilities include a Cafe & Sushi Bar, Spa, gym and Galleria Suites for weddings & corporate events.

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