Formby Ladies Golf Club

Golf Road

Formby

Merseyside

L37 1LQ

01704 873 493

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Average rating

8.1

Course

8.5

Greens

7.4

Facilities

7.9

Value

7.6

Hospitality

8.9

    Set amongst the pine trees and sand dunes of the Lancashire Coast, the course provides a wonderfully varied challenge to the visitor.
    From the red markers, the course is 5,374 yards (4,914 metres) with a Standard Scratch Score of 72.
    The tight fairways and well guarded greens demand skill and precision from golfers of all levels. Indigenous heather protects much of the rough and great caution is required at many holes.

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    Average

    8.6

    23/01/2015

    Formby Ladies Golf Club is set in the wonderful golfing Mecca which is commonly known as 'England's Golf Coast'. The Southport/Formby area is filled with an abundance of quality golfing venues and you really are spoilt for choice.

    Formby Ladies can be found quite literally in the middle of Formby Golf Club although the association is very separate and whilst they share the entrance, car park and pro shop the rest is very much within their own Club. I soon realised that when I attempted to enter the men's locker room and found the code I had entered was incorrect due to the fact I was in the men's locker room for Formby and not Formby Ladies! Although it could have been worse I might have been in the ladies!

    The landscape at Formby is stunning even in the middle of January, the evergreen pine trees and heathland coupled with the rolling links like fairways are easy on the eye and you will soon forget what time of the year it is. In the days leading up to our tee time we were experiencing severe frosts across the UK and I was made aware of the possibility of temporary greens in the days prior to arrival which I thought was very efficient and informative. When the day arrived the frost had departed and we played on 16 full greens with 2 Temps, when you consider the average UK temperatures the previous evening this was great news!

    We were greeted by the Club Secretary on arrival who made us feel very welcome and directed us to the first tee which can be found 40-50 yds away from the clubhouse. The opening holes at Formby Ladies give you a clear indicator as to what lies ahead, the yardage of the course is obviously shorter than that of what we are familiar with but with tight fairways and punishing heather boundaries you will have to learn quickly that reaching for the driver every time is not the right move. This course is very much about precision from the tee and if you get it right you will be left with short pitch shots to the green. In our group I managed to lose three balls due to errant tee shots with the driver whereas my playing partner drove two of the greens, so it is very much risk and reward.

    The first green looked to be a 'little fluffy' but this was isolated as the remaining greens ran extremely well and true. The overall condition of the course was very good and I would envisage greens to be excellent in the main season. The layout is interesting and varied, but also very fair, if you are playing well you will score around here and vice versa.

    I would think that Formby Golf Club are quite envious of the finishing hole at Formby Ladies, from the 18th tee you play directly to the clock face that sits at the front of the main clubhouse. It is a great closing hole and a lovely stroll into the finish line.

    The 'Winter deal' for this time of year is £42 to include soup/sandwiches on completion of your round. I have to say they were excellent in the very friendly atmosphere of the clubhouse. In the summertime this course would be quite special, although we think it is certainly a great option for the Winter!

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    Short, nice layout but not great value.

    Average rating

    5.4

    7th April, 2018, by dmason

    Played in Bunkers event. Short but nice course, greens a bit poor but understandable given the recent weather. More of a concern is the bar didn't have any pumped beers. Just cans or bottles in a fridge. Food was nice and good value. Would put this in the £30 per rd bracket.

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    5

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    5

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    Hospitality

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    Bunkers 2018, Tight tricky course great layout

    Average rating

    8.2

    6th April, 2018, by chuck5314

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    7

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    8

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    9

    Very good, testing course which doesn’t require lenght

    Average rating

    7

    5th April, 2018, by Swilliams125

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    8

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    6

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    7

    Superb course, short but tricky

    Average rating

    7.6

    5th April, 2018, by Brad67

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    7

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    7

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    8

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    6

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    10

    Excellent course

    Average rating

    7.8

    5th April, 2018, by Mazzo1111

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    9

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    8

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    8

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    7

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    7

    Pleasant society visit

    Average rating

    8

    5th April, 2018, by Bunkers Golf Society

    We took Bunkers Golf Society back to Formby Ladies for our 2018 Season Opener on 2nd March 2018

    Its a course we have enjoyed visiting in the past and this time was no different.

    Its been a difficult start to 2018, weather wise, and every course is some distance behind where they would expect to be. Formby Ladies is no different and thats why we have had to score the greens slightly lower than normal on this visit. Usually, they are slick and smooth, on this occasion they were a bit bobbly and multi paced.

    The course itself was lovely as always. Picturesque, well kept and bone dry. It sits within the confines of the mens course, but after the first couple of holes you disappear into the woodland and trees and you don't see it again until around the 16th hole.

    Despite the short length on the card, the course is tricky and is a great way to open the season in our opinion as it requires more than brute strength. It tests accuracy and course management and rewards those who miss 'in the right places'.

    It was £46 golf only, or £51 with soup and sandwiches - which is the top end of what our members vote to pay. If prices were around £5 less then it would be a club that offers absolutely everything for the avid amateur golfer. Still, it is a lovely place to visit and enjoy and you will always be afforded a warm and hospitable welcome.

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    8

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    6

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    10

    Captain’s Drive In

    Average rating

    7.6

    5th April, 2018, by phil196

    I was pleased to open this years Bunkers Golf Society Season as the Society Captain. Standing on the tee with an unfamiliar driver in hand was extremely nerve wracking but I am pleased to say I got it away...255yards into the greenside gorse.
    It is that gorse that defines the course. After the first three holes you start to remember how vital it is too keep it on the fairway. There is only a limited first cut of rough before the ball is either gone or pretty much unplayable. That said it gives the course wonderful definition and rewards consistent straight play.
    I love this course and there are a few holes that you get to and think, oh yeah I remember this is a lovely hole. Standout is probably the 13th par three from elevated tee to surrounded green.
    The greens on the day we played were not brilliant but it was still March and the weather has been horrendous so no lasting criticism but I have marked them based on how they were. The tees and fairways were really good.
    Formby Ladies is a lovely venue, the ladies always make us feel welcome and I hope to get back there soon.

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    5

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    8

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    9

    Lovely course, tight and tricky

    Average rating

    7

    5th April, 2018, by sseddon8

    A cracking little course that has some beautiful holes to keep you interested. It isn’t the longest of courses but don’t let that fool you. It’s tight and anything pushed or pulled will be severely punished in most instances. The greens are usually spot on but they were in the process of seeding when I played it. That doesn’t worry me as it was officially out of season. It’s a must for any golfer wanting a great challenge

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    8

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    6

    Facilities

    6

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    7

    Hospitality

    8

    Bunkers 2018

    Average rating

    6.8

    5th April, 2018, by dtnalex

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    7

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    8

    Another enjoyable visit

    Average rating

    8

    5th April, 2018, by Roper1592

    I visited here with Bunkers Golf Society on 2nd April 2018.

    I always enjoy the challenge of FLGC as its a course that demands accuracy off the tee to give you any chance of posting a score. Yes, the course is shorter and there are plenty of birdie chances, but it is by no means easy. Fairways are tight and tightly guarded by low cut gorse that it super penal and demands respect and with any whisper of wind, it becomes even tougher.

    The course condition is always good and is dry under foot with excellent drainage and is well taken care of. Sadly, on this visit the greens were not up to the usual standard and I can put most of that down tot he appalling weather at the start of 2018.

    At £46 for golf only on the winter deal it is a little bit on the expensive side, but given the fact it borders and share facilities with Formby GC, you can see why. A more realistic price would be around the £40 mark for golf only.

    However, the welcome and friendliness of the club, the staff and the members is always warm and the clubhouse offers fair value.

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    8

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    10

    Bunkers Opening Event

    Average rating

    7.2

    2nd April, 2018, by ganno77

    Whilst I didn’t play very well, I have always enjoyed visiting Formby GC as I have always found the course to be in excellent condition at anytime of year. Unfortunately on this occasion the greens where a little disappointing, in fairness, they had been seeded ready for the upcoming season but I thought they were a bit bobbly at times and unlike their usual tidiness. The fairways were cut neat which I’ve come to expect from the GC and the gorse was as brutal as ever, anything off line was deeply punished, the day was still an enjoyable event and the course held up well given the very poor weather in the lead up.

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    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    8

    Bunkers Golf Society(correction to Hospitality rating)

    Average rating

    7.8

    2nd April, 2018, by SMOGGER1

    We enjoyed are season opener in cold breezy conditions. The course was dry and firm. The fairways where in good condition for the time of year, some bunkers where GUR, the greens had been dressed for the coming season, so where a bit uneven and inconsistent. It was a must to stay on the tight fairways as the gorse and heather were punishing. I enjoyed my visit and look forward to doing it again.

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    9

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    9

    Short & Tight

    Average rating

    8

    1st April, 2018, by The Housewife

    My handicap is 18.

    Played here end of March 2018 with Bunkers GS. Golf Only.

    The course was in good condition some short holes which gives you a real chance of posting a good score. Its very 'Risk & Reward' as if you are not in play that gorse is punishing.

    Greens not in great condition, they are definitely behind due to the prolonged bad weather we have endured at the start of 2018.

    Good price and top facilities to practise, eat and enjoy the experience.

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    6

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Bunkers Golf Society

    Average rating

    7.4

    1st April, 2018, by SMOGGER1

    We enjoyed are season opener in cold breezy conditions. The course was dry and firm. The fairways where in good condition for the time of year, some bunkers where GUR, the greens had been dressed for the coming season, so where a bit uneven and inconsistent. It was a must to stay on the tight fairways as the gorse and heather were punishing. I enjoyed my visit and look forward to doing it again.

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    9

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    7

    Short but tough

    Average rating

    7.6

    1st April, 2018, by Kevblue

    I visited as part of the season opener of our society - Bunkers Golf Society.

    This is a very short course with many par 4's within driving distance for bigger hitters. Don't let this fool you into thinking this is an easy course though!
    As i found to my cost, any drives offline are severely punished by the courses main defences - Gorse bushes and heavy heather.

    The numerous bunkers around the course also offer no easy task.

    Unfortunately, at the time of our visit, the greens were sandy and bobbly and quite inconsistent. I presume this is due to the green keepers maintenance in preparation for them to be rolling true in the height of the golf season - which i'm sure they will but i have to judge on how i found them on the day.

    If you're in the area, this course is definitely worth a visit.

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    9

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    9

    Nice Day Out

    Average rating

    8.8

    20th February, 2017, by d1ashley

    Be in no doubt, this is a lovely course which whilst being not too long certainly presents a challenging round never the less. We played on a cold and windy February morning and found the layout interesting and attractive. The course unfurls across some typically beautiful, picturesque coastland.
    Post round soup and sandwiches were tasty enough but so too was the cost!
    With no draught ale available there is definitely room for improvement in the clubhouse.

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    9

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    9

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    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Played it in better winter condition

    Average rating

    7.2

    12th February, 2017, by averagegolfer

    Played here with Bunkers Golf Society on what was my third visit to the club. The previous visits were also in the winter months. I was probably a little disappointed with the overall condition of the course to be honest. The greens were slow and uneven and whilst we can make allowance for the time of year, I still thought they should have been better.

    Its a great little track, extremely tight and whilst only short in yardage it makes up for it in narrow fairways.

    The welcome from both members and bar staff was very friendly and the soup and sandwiches was very nice.

    Like most courses it will be far better in the summer months and no doubt the greens will be back to where they should be and the course in full bloom and a little warmer always makes the round more enjoyable.

    In summary, nice track but expected greens to be better.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    8

    Formby Ladies

    Average rating

    9.4

    12th October, 2016, by ianMAGS

    A few of us stayed in the Dormy and played this and the men's course over two days.

    Don't be fooled by the term Ladies. This is a great golf course in its own right.

    It is a great mixture of open holes and ones that are framed by pines. You really don't want to stray from the fairway as even the more open holes are framed by innocent looking short heather. Go into it and if you are lucky enough to find your ball you will be even luckier to play it out.

    The greens are a pleasing mixture of fairly flat ones with subtle borrows and raised ones that require you to be on the right leve. All of them are in great condition and the ball runs true.

    Great course and a great way to get the best out of a trip there

    Course

    10

    Greens

    10

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    9

    Short but sweet

    Average rating

    8.4

    28th September, 2015, by SteveG

    Played here in September 2015 for the first time in a while, and found the course to be in great condition with true fast greens.

    Whilst very short by modern standards at 5400 yards, this is by no means a simple course to play. Yes there are plenty of short holes, but equally the fairways are often narrow, and greens particularly small.

    Many of the holes are tightly bounded by deep heather meaning that accuracy off the tee is of vital importance. One of the more unusual touches is that there are only red tees to play from, which is a first for me.

    Although the course cannot compare with the magnificence of the Formby (Mens) course which surrounds it, there is nonetheless sufficient test and character on the Ladies Course to make it a lovely, and slightly different, game of golf. Recommended.

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    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

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    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    Great links course

    Average rating

    9

    16th June, 2015, by bpsmith70

    Played Formby Ladies course for the first time with Bunkers Golf Society 29th March, it was also my first time on a true links course. Really enjoyed the experience (except the hangover which caught up with me after the front 9!), now I understand why course management discipline is so important on a links, keep it simple and stay out of the goarse and you get your just rewards (of course easier said than done!).

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    9

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    9

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    9

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    9

    Hospitality

    9

    Formby Ladies Golf Club

    Average rating

    8.2

    10th May, 2015, by benjaminchef7

    A true gem. Don't be put off by the short length, it is very tricky. narrow fairways with a trip in the heather usually a lost ball. Some fantastic views off the elevated tees. The greens and fairways are equal to any of the local championship courses and the food and staff are very good.
    The pro shop was well stop the staff very informative
    I played on Sunday 29th March in my 1st competition with the Bunkers Golf Society of 2015 season.
    Played in excellent three ball, the weather was windy with light rain a true test of links...
    ps
    A serious rival to the Men's course... Hahahaha

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    9

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    9

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    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    7

    Short but very challenging

    Average rating

    8.8

    5th April, 2015, by Kmurphy87

    This course when you look at the card at 5400 yards you would think it is one for the taking but the big thing here is accuarcy off the tee. There are alot of short par 4's but miss the fairway and go into the gorse then good luck, you can generally find your ball but getting it out is another story! It really is a true gem of a course,even with all the rain that had came down the course was in imacculate condition showing no sign of flooding. I look forward to visiting again.

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    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    10

    Short and sweet but no easy feat!

    Average rating

    8.2

    1st April, 2015, by Roper1592

    At just under 5400 yards, Formby Ladies is certainly not a long course. It has some par 5's that play like standard par 4's and most of the par 3's are sub 130 yards in length.
    However, what it lacks in distance it makes up for in punishing difficulty from the natural features of the course.

    From the opening hole, you get a quick kick up the backside if your ball is not situated on the narrow fairway. The rough is almost non existent and is instead a punishing heather/gorse mix that simply cannot be played out of with any great distance or accuracy. Instead, you have to 'take your medicine' and chop the ball back out on to the fairway. Similarly, the bunkers are PROPER bunkers [most of them being small & deep 'pot bunkers' that are a genuine penalty and lost shot when you get in them as you rarely get the opportunity to make any yardage gains from them.

    The course is beautiful, with the first 3 holes being within the boundaries of the mens course, before you meander up into the trees and loose yourself in 4 or 5 majestic holes that are tight, undulating and tree lined.
    Each hole brings a new challenge and there are very few holes that are straight forward - and this just adds to the attraction of this course,

    Considering we played following heavy rain [and bouts of bad weather throughout] the course played superbly with very little water damage/pooling and consistent pace to the greens. The sand based foundations of the course making this a dream for draining away water and we had absolutely no issues playing in some pretty grim conditions.

    There were a couple of mat tees on the par 3's but aside from that the course was on proper tees [with only a couple being brought forward to preserve the prime tee locations for the summer].

    All the bunkers were lush with sand and well kept and the course in general was beautifully presented in a true links style. The fairways were cut very short, and were soft and springy under foot.

    The greens weren't at their absolute best and the main issue was worms that had left a scattering of debris from the holes they bore to come to the surface. This made some of the putting surfaces uneven and on some occasions sent balls off line with grave consequences to scoring. However, on the whole the greens played well enough with a good pace and they were at least consistent. I would love to see them in their prime in the months from May to Sept.

    The food pre and post round was great and was very tasty. The staff were all very pleasant and amiable and took care of all of us very well. The pro shop was friendly and well stocked and the pro gave out some tips and advice prior to play. The members in the clubhouse were chatty and pleasant and gave a good impression of the club.

    The club house can be a little hard to find at first as it is dwarfed by its bigger neighbour - which is home to the mens club. Although small and a bit dated, it is full of charm and is cosy and full of character.

    In summary, I would recommend Formby Ladies to anyone who enjoys a tough test of golf and a pleasant walk. It is a course that would suit a steady player who keeps their ball in play but would benefit from the shorter yardages. Its well kept, well designed and offers a good value for money in comparison with the mens course.

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    Hospitality

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    Very good course dont think its easy because its short plenty of

    Average rating

    7.4

    30th March, 2015, by Brad67

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    Great little course - but tighter than......

    Average rating

    9.4

    30th March, 2015, by sseddon8

    I've got to say, i was pleasantly surprised by this course. Having played its big brother a few times before i was expecting a less kept and less attractive course designed to cater for the larger slice of the market (those not willing to pay the £150 per round in summer for the mens track). I could not have been further from the truth.
    This course is beautiful on the eye and each hole offers something a little different. The fairways are firm and well kept whilst the greens are fast and true.

    The hospitality could not have been better. Upon my arrival (an hour earlier than expected) i was greated/welcomed by a lovely lady offering coffe/tea. The bacon barm which followed was also well received. The soup and sandwiches which followed the round were also top quality.

    All in all this was an outstanding way to open our season and is a place I will visit again.

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