Formby Golf Club Stay and Play Review

Situated right in the centre of England’s golf coast, Formby is perfectly located for other top courses as well as a destination in its own right.

The final green is overlooked by the historic clubhouse
(Image credit: Kevin Murray)

Situated right in the centre of England’s golf coast, Formby is perfectly located for other top courses as well as a destination in its own right. Rob Smith explains...

Formby Golf Club Stay and Play Review

Par 72, 6,489 yards

Formby is a historic club (opens in new tab) with a wonderful course that sits proudly in 41st place in the Golf Monthly Top 100 (opens in new tab). Coastal erosion over many years has led to changes, and a few more are being carefully planned already by the forward-thinking members to safeguard the future and quality of this beautiful and varied links.

Looking back to the clubhouse from the 2nd fairway

The course is kept in tip-top order and runs in an anti-clockwise direction around the lovely and very enjoyable Formby Ladies (opens in new tab) course, itself also very much recommended. Guests are rightly encouraged to play both during their stay.

The view back up the sweeping par-5 8th

The first three holes hug the railway line before you change direction and head into the dunes. The holes are then very distinctive with a superb par 4 at 7 and an excellent, meandering par 5 at 8.

The 9th hole heads out towards the coast

The 10th is a fine short hole and the 11th plays up to a green that is surrounded by dunes.

The 11th green is beautifully framed by humps and bumps

Strong holes take you all the way home - particularly two very tough par 4s at 14 and 15.

The approach up the 18th fairway towards the welcoming clubhouse

There is some light relief at the short 16th, before a par 5 and another very strong par 4 lead you home to sanctuary.

Formby Ladies - The picturesque par-3 5th

Formby Ladies (opens in new tab) has its own course, but despite its modest 5,356 yardage, it is still a genuine test with heather a regular hazard. It is also enormous fun and has some terrific holes including two cracking par 3s, the 5th and 12th.

One of the twin rooms in the clubhouse

The Dormy House sleeps up to 10 in 4 twin and two single rooms, and is right in the heart of the very impressive clubhouse. Guests are also able to enjoy a frame or two in the 1st-floor snooker room.

Breakfast is included in the spacious Dining Room which offers terrific views out over the course, and Formby Golf Club (opens in new tab) is an ideal base for a journey round a treasure chest of top-class golf.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for more than 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly for over ten years, specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played more than 1,170 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions in 2021, he still managed to play 80 different courses during the year, 43 of them for the first time. This included 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but nine. During the 2021-22 review period, Rob has played 34 of the Golf Monthly Top 200. He is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at