Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa

Southport Old Road

Formby

Merseyside

L37 0AB

01704 875 699

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Average rating

7.9

Course

8

Greens

7.8

Facilities

8.7

Value

7.2

Hospitality

7.9

    Along England's Golf Coast, Formby Hall Golf & Spa Hotel is one of the finest golf resorts for golf breaks and days in the UK. Our challenging 72-par Old Course, provides the highest standards, with an established venue on the European Seniors Tour, European Challenge Tour and PGA Euro Pro Tour. Our 9-Hole PAR3 course is also known for being one of the best in the UK.

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    Massively improved

    Average rating

    8.2

    22nd April, 2019, by Kmurphy87

    Played here as part of Bunkers Golf Society 7/4/19

    I have not personally played here for about 4-5 years and what i remember is a thing of the past, the course has improved massively. The last time i played the greens were poor and it was very wet. All this is a thing of the past.

    The course was very dry and firm under foot the greens were a good pace albeit a little bobbly but still very good to put on. If you have not played here before then you are in for a treat, the course demands accuracy from the tee as there is water in play on most holes, if you can keep the ball in play then there is definitely a good score out there.
    My only criticism was the bare patches that were around alot if the greens, on this occasion my ball came to rest on it a few times and you are practically chipping off mud, a simple gur on them would certainly make sense as it is frustrating to be up in par 5’s in 2 shots and be punished by very poor lies.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    Lovely and challenging

    Average rating

    8.2

    8th April, 2019, by sseddon8

    I hadn’t played formby hall for about 5 years and I have to say it’s come on leaps and bounds. The sodden fairways are a thing of the past and the greens are a decent pace and true. The course has an exceptional layout that rewards the thinking golfer as opposed to the big bombers. At £45 on a weekend you can’t go wrong. The spike bar has some excellent ales on draught and the breakfast is a must. All in all, great value and a great day had by all.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    7

    A test for the entire bag

    Average rating

    8.8

    19th August, 2017, by dbputtingedge

    I recently played this course for the first time as part of the corporate golf day. I think the weather and winning added to the enjoyment of the course.

    It was long but tested my whole bag. I enjoyed the arrangement of water hazards and bunkers and would love to go back and play again.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    8

    SwingersGolf Society Secretary

    Average rating

    7

    9th August, 2017, by WillGolf84

    Course

    6

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    10

    Play it

    Average rating

    8.8

    21st April, 2016, by Stuart_RAAGS

    Played this course on my captains day, started the morning with the par 3 9 hole course , felt like Wednesday at augusta, best challenging 9 holes i played , 18 whole course was in fantastic condition , little bit on the expensive side but that's down to the course being a hotel course and being in Formby, if you want a good day out playing golf then choose this course

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    10

    Testing Course with friendly pros

    Average rating

    8.2

    11th April, 2016, by TJM

    Formby has a very well maintained golf course, with testing holes and lots of water. It could be argued too much water depending on your score. Fairways and rough are well cut, greens are well kept and challenging. This course will test your golfing ability regardless of handicap.

    The course is also in a good condition this week during a particularly bad spell of weather, yet the course really develops through the summer, with harder greens and tighter fairway lies.

    The club has a great pro shop filled with lots of major brands, however the best thing about the shop is that the club has some brilliant pros. Although I am not a member of this club, I have started lessons here with one of the pros.

    Formby Hall has some very impressive facilities: PGA academy, a brilliant range and practice area, as well as a par three course (which is more testing that you might expect).

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    10

    Nice course

    Average rating

    8.4

    16th December, 2015, by leetomo

    Played 16/12 at Formby hall.
    Course is in ok condition. Struggling a bit with drainage.
    Couple of holes (4 i think)now have mats on fairways. Them fairways were quite wet so nit s bad thing.
    The greens are in good condition as are the tee boxes.
    Overall a good course worth the £25 green fee

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    9

    Great course

    Average rating

    8.8

    6th December, 2015, by leetomo

    Played Formby hall golf club 4th December.
    Courses was in great condition playing on full tee's and greens.
    The course has a good variety of holes some short and challenging some long and even more challenging. Water on most holes makes it a tough ound if your not straight.
    Excellent course all year round.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    10

    New balls please

    Average rating

    9.6

    1st October, 2015, by golfers4justice

    Formby Hall is a heat course for people of all standards. I recently got married here and we had a society day with golfers ranging from PGA professional to 28 handicaps. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their round. The course has lots of water on most holes which can catch people out and keeping the ball on the fairway is a must. The greens are superb, fast and true. The resort has brilliant facilities for all aspects of the game from a putting lab to a chipping area right through to a 9 hole par 3 course. Make a full day of it and play the full 27holes.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    10

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    In need of some loving

    Average rating

    7.4

    23rd August, 2015, by The Housewife

    Played here on 12th August 2015. Hot sunny day. The course was such a let down from its usual condition. The tee box's where terrible most being uneven. Fairs ways where patchy and in need of some grass. Greens had been spiked, not great condition for mid August. It was a 5 hour round as society of 30 ahead. Maybe this is why the course condition is not so great. This is a great course when looked after. Too many package deals and not enough attention/money spent on course

    Course

    6

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Nice - nothing more

    Average rating

    6.6

    9th August, 2015, by jwright03

    Played here recently as a guest of a society. Nice breakfast on arrival and the locale/appearance on arrival is great.

    I was anticipating a great round on a great course. The starter led us off and the first hole is not too difficult but the trees on the right are looming always.

    As the round developed it became clear this is a nice course, but thats about it. It wasn't special as the price suggests but it's an enjoyable round with some nice challenging holes.

    Greens are quick but they aren't exactly the prettiest to look at as you'd expect from a course with a high calibre (and green fee) as this. It's a good challenge though and makes you think as there's plenty of water and lots of sand traps to keep your mind occupied on anything but your swing!

    I'd play here again, but it would be a couple of times a year venue. There are better venues in the area I feel

    Course

    7

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    7

    Excellent venue

    Average rating

    10

    30th July, 2015, by redmen

    I have played and stayed here a few times now. My sons and I were here from 27/7 - 29/7/15. The course and greens were in excellent condition. The greens were fast and the slopes and borrows made them tricky. We played 3 rounds on the main course and it took us no longer than 4 hours to play. This is a resort course and as a result all levels of players are on it. We also played the par 3 course and this is just great fun. The rooms are very spacious and have everything you would expect from a top hotel. A maid service every day with clean towels. The food is outstanding. We had a different cut of steak at dinner, each evening, and it was cooked to perfection. The staff are excellent and nothing is too much trouble for them. We just played golf but all the other facilities are there for you to use. I have read the other reviews on this site and can only say that we must be very lucky because our stays have always been 1st class. Believe me we have stayed and played at many others and this place is the best. We will be coming back again.

    Course

    10

    Greens

    10

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    The Academy course is a wee gem

    Average rating

    9.2

    19th June, 2015, by joncy123

    Southport is well known for the qualify of it courses. This pay and pay 9 holer is part of the PGA Academy at Formby Hall. It offer great quality green and testing tee shots. Don't miss your chance to play it if in the area.

    Course: Par 27, 1,395 yards. Location: Formby, Southport Old Road, L37 0AB. Facilities: Driving area, Chipping & Short game areas, Putting Green Pro-services, Bar & restaurant.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    avoid the water for great fairways

    Average rating

    8.4

    31st May, 2015, by Richoooooh

    Pricey compared with our usual (but not against others nearby) with well cared for fairways and greens. Some excellent holes where you have to think your way around the hole. Too much water for some of the RAM Golf Society

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    8

    Played mid 2014, all in all not a bad course at all, worth a vis

    Average rating

    8.4

    29th March, 2015, by Chrisjdw

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    10

    Fantastic Venue

    Average rating

    7.6

    7th March, 2015, by SimonB

    I went here with my lovely wife and stayed overnight. She used the spa and I played golf, then we had a nice meal. The facilities are fantastic and the staff very friendly. The course has some really nice holes but when I played the condition wasn't great and some shortened tees so I havent seen it on top form. Would like to visit again.

    Course

    6

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    Top class facilties and an amazing course but not all positive..

    Average rating

    8.4

    5th February, 2015, by sseddon8

    As the title suggests, this place is a real pleasure. The course is an incredible one. A real challenge to all golfers and you can see the attention to detail on every hole. The facilities are second to none. The only drawback is that the hotel let too many golfers on the course so expect lengthy rounds of 4.5hours plus :(

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    10

    Decent Winter Golf

    Average rating

    8.6

    4th February, 2015, by phil196

    Thought that I would give Formby Hall a whirl as my own club was on some temporary greens following a pretty harsh frost. I last reviewed this course following an outing in the summer and have done this review without looking at my previous one.

    The course has a really nice layout. There is a lot of water that may put some players off and lots of well placed bunkers to catch you when you drive away from the wet stuff. The first nine holes loop around the southern side of the course before coming back to the hotel. Standout holes here are the 5th, 6th and 7th. The back nine take you a bit further out starting with a short but tricky par 4 and a few long par 4's that in any wind are tough to reach in 2 and then back towards the hotel finishing on a good par 5 with more water. Standout holes in my opinion are the 14th, 16th and 18th.

    The ground was frozen for the first part of the round and this meant that getting a tee in the ground was sometimes tricky but I was impressed to see no mats and the tee boxes as flat as they would be during the summer. The fairways were in really good nick and were dry underfoot. Hopefully when the ground thaws the drainage will kick in and they will continue to be as good. The only concession to the winter is a few holes where lay up areas have mats to protect the fairways which is a fair exchange for full tees and greens. Speaking of greens...they are always going to be tricky when frozen but in fairness they ran pretty true and consistent across the course. It was impossible to get anything to stop on them but again this is a minor criticism.

    Overall the round was enjoyable and for a very reasonable £15 and I will score it based on what conditions I would expect for this time of year.

    My only reference to my last review is this...we complained about noise from a function taking place within the hotel being noisy with kids running on the course. Formby Hall has just installed a massive marquee adjacent to the course for weddings etc. Hopefully this will keep the little scamps away from the fairways but will undoubtedly create noise later on in the day.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    8

    Good, Challenging course

    Average rating

    6

    11th June, 2014, by Bunkers_Kei

    The course was in surprisingly good condition after a battering of bad weather last weekend. The course is challenging and has some very long holes with alot of water that protects the course well. The food seemed rushed and we was not provided with a selection of food from a menu; rather told we would be getting a "hotpot" I would like to think many other courses would be more hospitable towards people. Also a very loud party and a very annoying dj made a lot of noise that boomed out across the course. Overall a good course to play golf on with a clubhouse and bar more interested in making money.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    6

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    5

    Formby Hall Golf Club

    Average rating

    6.6

    11th June, 2014, by longk4

    Played Formby Hall with the Bunkers Golf Society and having played there before in abnormal weather conditions was looking forward to a superb day. Although a bit expensive for what we got it was a true test of golf and a really enjoyable day, spoilt only for me by the aforementioned party going on overlooking the 18th Green but which echoed across the course like a fairground for the full 5 hours it took to get round. Would be nice to think these comments may be taken on board by the course to maintain high standards but somehow I suspect they will not.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    5

    Formby Hall GC

    Average rating

    7.4

    10th June, 2014, by d1ashley

    A challenging well maintained course managed by a team which is a little too much concerned with making significant financial profit at the expense of traditional golf club hospitality and value for money.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    6

    Good Course

    Average rating

    6.4

    9th June, 2014, by Kmurphy87

    I played this venue with www.bunkersgolfsociety.com on 8/6/14.
    This being one of our major events of the year i was really looking forward to playing this course as it had a great reputation. Considering the battering of rain the north west had gotten pryer to us playing the course it was in great condition, the whole course was well maintained and the fairways showed no sign of water underfoot. The greens were consistent and true and if you was confident you could have a great day on them, they were only let down by the fact they were rock solid, this course has ALOT of water and there is a lot of challenging shots into greens but with no stop or grab on the greens many confident shots going for them were punished by your ball going straight through the green. All in all this is a course i would play again, its a course you have to think your way around as there are many well placed bunkers and hazards which makes for a challenging days golf.
    The only major bad point was the fact there was a christening going on above the 19th hole which could be heard right across the course, as your about to take your putt the last thing you want to hear is a dj's shabba in the background!
    A good course that could of been great in my opinion.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    5

    Focus on the golf!

    Average rating

    5.2

    9th June, 2014, by Roper1592

    I played here with my society [Bunkers] this weekend.

    I have played Formby Hall about 3/4 times in recent years and have always enjoyed the course and its interesting lay out and PGA style design. The numerous well placed water hazards are always a challenge and you have to expect to loose the odd ball as a result [unless you are a single digit player]

    This weekend, the course was again in great condition - especially given the shocking weather we had in the 24 hours prior to play. The greens played like it had been solid sun for weeks before and they were quick and rolled true. The fairways, tee boxes and rough areas were all well looked after and as you would expect from a club that sells itself as a premium golf resort.

    If it was just the golf I was attending for then I would be very happy, but as we were a visiting society and this was one of our major events we were therefore for the social side of things too, along with a bite to eat and a few drinks afterwards.

    The club have had a bit of a reputation over the last couple of years of cramming in golfers and focusing on the hotel guests more than the visiting golfers. The hotel seem to have priority over everyone else on the complex and as a result the course can often get very busy - and subsequently slow - as the club squeeze in more and more players. I appreciate in these times of financial pressure [and especially given how much Formby Hall have spent on the complex in the last 5-10 years] that there is a need to get money coming into the coffers.....however, for me, there is a fine balance between getting numbers to visit and putting people off re-visiting due to the overcrowding and slow pace of play.
    As a side to this, there was a christening party in full flow on the day of our visit. This is obviously a good earner for the club, but allowing the music to thump out over the course and guests shouting and dancing around when you are trying to take shots is not ideal. Worse still, there were kids just running wild around the place and I must be honest, this is not what I want from my golfing days!

    After a long round I came to the clubhouse for my food to find it was a bloand tasting spoonful of something described as hotpot. For £45 I think there are far more courses to visit for that price that will offer a better all round golfing experience. Its not just the actual 18 holes that a lot of visitors go for - and the club need to get back to this basic principle in my opinion!

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    4

    Value

    3

    Hospitality

    4

    Great course

    Average rating

    6.6

    9th June, 2014, by Bunkers Golf Society

    Our golf society - www.bunkersgolfsociety.com played here on Sunday 8th June 2014.

    The day before our visit there were weather warnings in England and the Northwest got battered with rain. However, you would not have known that 24 hours prior to our round the heavens had opened on this course.

    The fairways were well cared for and had a nice spring to them, as opposed to some courses who overcut the fairway and leave them dry and exposed. The round was well kept and wasn`t overly punishing. The tee boxes were all flat and well presented and the general course management was clearly superb.

    The greens were hard and quick, but consistent and rewarded confident putters who drilled the ball into the back of the cup. Tentative stabs would find themselves subject to the subtle contours and quite often would leave a daunting second putt. A couple of the greens looked patchy, but actually played no worse that the better looking ones. The only issue a lot of our members suffered with was the ball `running off` on approach shots. Rather than gripping and spinning on the greens, they were hard and had very little reception and often good shots were punished as the ball bounded toward the back of the greens and beyond.

    Aesthetically the course - for the most part - is very attractive. With water scattered all over the course [pretty much every hole has a water hazard] and well kept pot hole style bunkers dotted around the greens. The sand in every bunker was soft and raked and well presented and the ponds/lakes were well looked after and added a nice dimension to the course.
    On the flip side it leaves some very intimidating shots into the greens as the water is often cleverly placed at a distance where it is risk/reward. A 160 yard approach shot to the green on the 4th might sound normal, but when the water is directly in front of the green it suddenly becomes a very tough shot as there is no room for error and laying up simply doesn`t feel right!

    The course therefore is definately worth visiting and is a true test of golf no matter what handicap you are.

    The resort/hotel on the other hand was a bit of a disappointment if I am being honest. On approach it is a lovely set up with apartments and the hotel over looking the course and presented around the car park in an almost courtyard style effect. The pro shop is large and well stocked and the hotel lobby is impressive and sets the right impression. The 19th hole [bar/restaurant] was similarly well presented and the staff were friendly and attentive.

    However, it was what was going on around us that soured things somewhat. On the day we played, there was a christening party being held in the function room above the bar area and overlooking the 18th green. The noise from the DJ and the music blaring with his incessant talking could be heard all over the course for the 4 and a bit hours it took us to play. Even at the furthest point from the club house we could still hear him `going right on about it`. It sounded like a fun fair in the distance and on the hole nearest the hotel it was quite frankly ridiculous and off putting with people on the terraces shouting and laughing.

    As the final groups came down the 18th there were kids from the christening running round on the fairways and greens [and one of the lads hit a 3 wood approach onto the green, only to watch one of the kids grab the ball and run away]. I appreciate it isn`t necessaily the kids fault alone, but their parents just left them to have fun and kids will be kids in sitations like this.

    Afterwards we were told we would be having "the chefs special" for our post round food which consisted of.........HOTPOT! Hardly special!!! It came in a tiny portion with a semi stale bread roll and comparing to other hotel resorts such as Worsley Park and Carden Park this came someway short of being acceptable and was a let down considering we had chosen Formby Hall as one of our "Major" venues for our season.

    I had also enquired if we could utilise a small private room for 20-30 minutes for our award presentation prior to our food. I was told I could have a room but it would cost £70 [and that was discounted]. Again, comparing this to other such venues, we have been catered for without the cost as it is simply for 30 minutes and gives us privacy and stops other patrons being disturbed by our ceremony whilst they eat too. Considering we paid over £1100 for the day and then put a couple of hundred pounds behind the bar with our post round drinks, I think it was a poor level of service in relation to what it would have really cost them to allow us to utilise the room. If I`d have been asking for a conference room for a business meeting, or wanting to use it for a few hours then I would understand - but not in this case.

    In all, those final negatives shouldn`t take away from the main event - which is the golf - and the course is definately worth the visit. However, I don`t think we will be going back in such a capacity any time soon given points made.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    3

    Quality course on England's Golf Coast

    Average rating

    8.4

    9th June, 2014, by phil196

    Played on Sunday 8th June. 2014 with bunkersgolfsociety.com

    I have played Formby Hall several times and I was a little concerned as on my last visit earlier in the year I would say the course had been overplayed in the winter.

    However, I was pleasantly surprised. Tees were flat and well maintained, fairways were well cut and had a nice spring to them and the greens were pretty quick, a little patchy around the edges on a few but that is being over critical.

    Water is prevalent on most holes and can make 2nd or 3rd approach shots intimidating. There are no signature holes but each has enough going on to be interesting. Personally my favourites are the par 3 6th, the 11th with big dog leg left and water and the 18th is a fine par 5 that rewards the brave if you can carry your second over the water.

    The 19th hole (actual name) is typically hotel modern and pretty nice. We had food that was tasty but portions were small for hungry golfers. Other than that no real complaints apart from the little s*** from the function who ran onto the 18th and tried to steal a ball!!

    Must compliment the starter who was very welcoming and gave a nice introduction. The pro shop is well stocked and although I didn't use it there is a decent range.

    The Par 3 course as an aside is also well worth a knock if you have an hour or so to spare.

    Overall we had an enjoyable day, were lucky with the weather and is up there with the likes of Worsley, Carden Park and similar hotel courses.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    7