Formby Golf Club

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  • Architects:
  • Consultant:
    • MacKenzie & Ebert
  • Holes of Merit:
    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • NCG Rank:
    39/100 in GB&I

Overview

Formby Golf Club is routed around Formby Ladies and is not to be confused with nearby Formby Hall Golf Resort.

Despite a variety of architects and terrain, the course is a unified whole.

Bernard Darwin wrote: "I know no more romantic moment on any course than that at Formby, when, after playing a few holes on the flat, we come into the country of hills and valleys."

The nearby National Trust Formby sports a dramatic beach with sand dunes surrounded by coastal pinewoods.

Formby Golf Club Videos

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Formby Golf Club Reviews

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Golf Course Review

Formby Golf Club is a links golf course set in a forest with another golf course, Formby Ladies Golf Club, sat inside it! On a clear day, you can see the Welsh Mountains to the south and Lake District hills to the north. The course is sat in sand dunes surrounded by firs on three sides with the Irish Sea on the other. Found in West Lancashire south of Southport and Ainsdale, it is a major player in the local area from Hoylake in the south to St Annes in the north. The first two holes run alongside the railway with the Freshfield station no more than a few hundred metres from the clubhouse.

The original 18 hole design was done by none other than Willie Park Jr in 1912. In 1922, James Braid introduced a new set of closing holes. Harry Colt made minor alterations when he bunkered the 2nd, 5th and 18th. Donald Steel took action when coastal erosion threatened the seaside holes in the early 1980s. Tree planting, bunkering, irrigation and extended tees have all been added in the interim. In 2005, a new practice ground was sited where the former 14th hole once lay. The routing runs counter-clockwise around the perimeter of the site.

Formby GC Architect by Hole

1-6 & 11-13 - Willie Park Jr (Harry Colt bunkers on 2, 5 & 18)
7-10 - Donald Steel (Original Wille Park Jr green on 10)
14 - ?
15-18 - James Braid

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