Formby Golf Club Course Review - Formby is predominantly a links, but the presence of mature pines and heather gives a hint of the heath

Formby Golf Club Course Review

Green Fee Range: £70-£155

Medal Tee: Par 72 – 6,725 Yards

Visitor Times: Tee times are available most days except Saturday until after 15:30. There are member times reserved every day, but also some visitor times available.

Website: www.formbygolfclub.co.uk

Significant Changes

New championship tees on the 3rd and 9th

Formby Golf Club Course Review

Formby Golf Club Course Review

Founded in 1884, the original course at Formby was redesigned by Willie Park at the start of the 20th century.

A plan of the course from 1912 still hangs in the attractive and historic clubhouse, alongside a 1994 plan showing various alterations by the likes of James Braid, Hawtree & Taylor and Donald Steel.

Formby is a unique course. Predominantly it’s a links with fast-running fairways, deep bunkers and firm greens.

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But with some holes playing past mature pines over heather-lined fairways, a golfer could be forgiven for thinking they were playing a heathland course.

The persistent breeze, however, provides a reminder the sea is just a few sand hills away. In any sort of wind, Formby becomes a very testing layout.

Formby Golf Club Course Review

Accuracy from the tee is crucial, as straying off line will invariably result in a hack out of one of the treacherous pot bunkers or a sideways knock from the trees.

Around the greens, a full arsenal of chips and pitches is required. Sometimes the low, linksy, runner is the shot of choice, but in other places, elevated greens demand a more lofted approach. In 2009, Formby was venue for the Amateur Championship won by Italy’s Matteo Manassero.

Formby Golf Club Course Review – Golf Monthly Verdict

Historic club with an attractive, memorable golf course. With the pines framing fairways and greens, this is arguably the most attractive course in the north west