Formby Golf Club is home to a wonderful links golf course on the west coast of England. Situated on the outskirts of the city of Liverpool, Formby provides a most splendid eighteen holes amidst the towering trees that guard the holes. These resplendent pine trees are some of the finest in the entirety of the United Kingdom, and provide the player with a great feeling of serenity and seclusion, while also protecting them from the wind.
Formby is also one of the most inclusive golf clubs in England. The Formby Ladies Golf Club is a major part of the establishment, having been founded in 1896, just twelve years after the men’s club. The Ladies course runs right through the heart of the championship course at Formby, which has left it firmly ensconced in the club’s DNA for well over a century.
Soft, rolling fairways are a big feature of the golf course. There are plenty of tough spots waiting for those who fail to control their tee shots, between the pine trees, the long rough and the testing bunker placements. Yet, in classic links fashion, those who find tees and greens in regulation will have a most pleasing round in store for them.
The par five eighth hole tends to shape a player’s round. Despite an absence of bunkers, water features or any typical hazard, it remains one of the hardest holes on the course. Find the fairway from the tee and the option of going for the green is there. Yet the green is double-tiered, so winding up on the wrong level opens up the possibility of multiple putts. Possible to make a score here, but bogey or worse is equally possible. This is Formby’s natural challenges rolled into one hole. It is certainly one worth taking on.