Located on the west coast of England, just 15 miles north of Liverpool, is the Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa, in Lancashire. Featuring an 18-hole championship parkland golf course and a 9-hole ‘Woodhey Dunes” golf course, the tranquil resort is a travellers’ haven on Englands’ Golf Coast. With 27 holes of golf on the Estate, along with luxury spa and guest amenities, Formby Hall is renowned as a preferred destination in its own right. The Resort is set in 200 acres of parkland, with 62 individually designed contemporary rooms, not far from renowned golf destinations including Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes, or Hillside Golf Club. The options for golfers and non-golfing partners are endless at Formby Hall, with Liverpool within half an hours’ journey to the South, and the Lake District National Park 1.5 hours to the north, you are spoilt for choice when visiting Formby Hall Golf Resort.
The 18-hole championship golf course at Formby Hall Resort & Spa was designed by Alex Higgins. The golf course offers some respite from its ‘links’ neighbours on Englands’ golf coast. The course features a parkland style with plenty of water hazards and trees. Those playing the nearby links courses at Royal Birkdale, Lytham & St Annes or Royal Liverpool will find respite from the classics at Formby Hall, where the holes are set within a tree-lined perimeter within 200 acres. The course extends to more than 7000 yards from the tips, which is 6,473 metres total. The golf course offers up to four tees, allowing golfers of all abilities to tee it up with friendlier distances.
While seen as more forgiving than its Golf Coast neighbours, Formby Hall Championship course is not without its challenges. Alex Higgins designed it so that it offers a playable surface year-round, draining well in the winter months. The greenkeepers at Formby Hall Resort keep the rough tightly mown, though they can be quite tricky around the greens. Links-style pot bunkers, wooded areas and various water hazards offer an eclectic mix of shot-making opportunities not found elsewhere on England’s golf coast. Formby Hall Golf Resort has hosted the European Seniors, Challenge Tour and Euro-Pro Tours, with a great many stars having graced its presence.
The 9-hole Woodhey Dunes Course offers golfers 1,395-yards from the White Tees, which equates to 1,275 metres. Differing from the 18-hole course significantly, the Woodhey Dunes Course captures the true challenges of links golf with strategically placed riveted pot bunks and large, fast undulating greens. Add to these challenges various water hazards and the seaside breeze and you have a stern test of golf amid a short course.
The accommodation options at Formby Hall Resort are numerous. Enjoy luxurious designs in every room including rain showers in the bathroom, Nespresso coffee makers on your desk, and views over the Championship Old Course to make the perfect sanctuary. Choose from double or twin beds for couples or friends wanting to share a room.
Bedrooms vary from Superior to Deluxe, then Formby Loft, Loft Superior and finally the Loft suites. The difference between each variant is the increase of size in-room, and guest capacity. All rooms have luxurious amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, bathroom amenities, complimentary spring water and flat-screen TVs’. The higher grades of room (Loft category) offer further views of the golf course, as well as a private entrance for the ‘loft’ floor. All Loft rooms accommodate up to two people, while some are interconnecting, allowing families and friends to enjoy privacy from the comfort of their interconnecting rooms.
The Patio at Formby Hall Resort
With an informal layout, The Patio offers Mediterranean-style, small plates complemented by stone-baked pizzas from the wood-fired pizza oven. Those wanting a quick, relaxed meal are more than welcome to take a seat in a cosy chair next to the fire pit and enjoy the views.
The Fairway Grill at Formby Hall Resort
The Fairway Grill offers opulent dining at Formby Hall Resort. Overlooking the Championship golf course, The Fairway Grill & Bar has a sophisticated atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is your go-to when visiting. The a-la-carte menu and Afternoon Tea menu sources seasonal ingredients where the head chef capitalises on local dishes, serving the very best British cuisine.
PGA Golf Academy
Whether you’re visiting Formby as a seasoned golfer or complete newbie, take advantage of the PGA Golf Academy on-site to improve your game. The Academy facilities consist of a 26-bay floodlit weatherproof driving range, Srixon practice balls, short-game area with 7 bunkers, 5 greens and 5 teeing areas, as well as an indoor putting green, and indoor to outside teaching room with state-of-the-art technology to improve your swing. The Academy is a great place for lessons or to simply warm-up before your round on the Championship course.
Recreational Activities at Formby Golf Resort
Wanting a break from golf? Formby Resort has you covered. Take your break with a long list of activities both onsite and nearby. These activities include bike riding and trail riding, walking, clay pigeon shooting and archery, as well as horse riding. Other experiences include soccer (watch Liverpool, The Beatles Story, Maritime museum and Liverpool Cathedral all nearby.
Health Club & Spa
The Health Club at Formby Hall Resort offers an extensive Fitness Class timetable with over 40 classes each week. Non-golfing partners and make the most of these classes which include yoga, Pilates, body conditioning and Les Mills. Other features include a 20m indoor pool, Spa Pool and Thermal Suites, including a Sauna, Steam Room, Laconium Cabin, Rasul and Experience Showers. Health and wellbeing is at the forefront of the Formby Hall Golf Resort, and it attracts non-golfers from all over.
Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa is just 15 miles northwest of Liverpool on England’s Golf Coast. The Resort is easily accessible by train from London through Liverpool which takes 35 minutes and will get you to Freshfield where you will need to get a taxi for a short 5-minute journey. Otherwise, you can get a taxi direct from Liverpool to The Resort which takes 25 minutes. Formby Resort is located 30 minutes by car from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and 50 minutes by car from Manchester Airport.