Formby Hall

Formby Hall

Formby Hall

Formby Hall | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts

Formby Hall is one of the leading venues on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list to be based in the northwest of England. Located in a golfing paradise that includes three Open Championship venues, Formby Hall offers something completely different, with a parkland 18-hole course, a wonderful 9-hole par 3 course and incredible golf academies. There is also sublime accommodation and a glorious health club and spa, just to add to the positives! 
The golf course is unlike anything else in the region, which is famed for its links specials. Instead, Formby Hall has a glorious 18-hole parkland course which has hosted the European Challenge and Seniors Tours in its history. The course is complemented by the Woodhey Dunes 9-hole par 3 course which has recently opened and is a must play during your visit. The first ever Tommy Fleetwood Academy is joined by the PGA Golf Academy and Phil Kenyon Putting School in an extensive range of practice facilities and coaching opportunities. 
The venue is also home to a magnificent health club and spa. The health club features a fully equipped gym which overlooks the practice facilities. There is a range of fitness classes each week, along with the opportunity to receive one-to-one personal training. A 20-metre indoor swimming pool is complemented by a sauna, steam room, laconium and much more, along with ten treatment rooms where guests can indulge in a wide variety of massages and treatments from qualified therapists. 
When it comes to resting your head at night, Formby Hall Hotel has a stunning range of accommodation on offer. From Formby Classic and Loft Classic Rooms all the way up to Junior and Loft Suites, there is truly something for all parties. Several of the choices have views over the championship golf course, while the Garden Superior Rooms open out into their own little private garden area.  
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Formby Hall Overview | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts

Parkland Among Links

Formby Hall’s location in the northwest of England sees it alongside some of the best links courses in the world, including some that have played host to the Open Championship. However, the 18-hole Old Course at Formby Hall goes against the grain and offers a beautiful parkland layout. Add in the new 9-hole Woodhey Dunes Course and you’ve got 27 holes of golfing paradise.  
Old Course 
A name synonymous with many golfing venues around the world, Formby Hall’s Old Course might not have the same recognition as others, but it is a wonderful golf course. In a region that includes the likes of Royal Birkdale, Southport & Ainsdale, Hillside and the neighbouring Formby Golf Club, Formby Hall gives the region a truly terrific parkland alternative.  
The Old Course quickly became a host of the European Challenge Tour to give the layout championship status, with the European Seniors Tour also having visited the resort. The Par 72 track runs at more than 7,000 yards from the championship blue tees, with the whites and yellows coming down at 300-yard increments from that. Water can be found on 16 of the 18 holes and this tree-lined, American-style course is a pleasant antidote to the plethora of seaside courses which lie a couple of miles away.  
The 1st is one of the two holes that does not feature any water, with that first coming into play on 2. With a lake to catch any errant shots – although it is more aesthetically pleasing than a real hazard – and six bunkers, this is a tricky early test of your ball striking. The 3rd is the first of four par 5s, and at only 494 yards from the back tees, it is reachable in two. Water in front of the green might put some off from going for the green, though.  
Hazards continue to stay in your eyeline throughout the middle part of the round before you come to the other ‘dry’ hole on the course. The par 3 13th has no water, but it is 240 yards from the tips, with four pot bunkers guarding the green. 14 is the longest hole on the property at almost 600 yards, before the tough 15th, the hardest hole on the course. A tough drive over water – anything less than around 170 yards will be sunk – down a tree-lined fairway and then a long iron, or possibly a hybrid, into a two-tiered green which is also well bunkered. The closing hole is a long par 5, a three-shotter can wreck anyone’s card. There’s water all the way down the left and right which can only be ignored when you’re safely on the putting surface. Even with a wedge in your hand for your third, it still catches your eye.  
Woodhey Dunes Course 
The Woodhey Dunes Course is a glorious par 3 course that has recently been added to the Formby Hall portfolio. The 9-hole short course is on the western boundary of the resort and has holes ranging from 125 to 180 yards long. Water comes into play on several holes, while there are also plenty of bunkers to deal with. A terrific addition to the venue, and something you have to play while you’re at Formby Hall! 

4-Star Accommodation

The complex has undergone some significant changes since the turn of the millennium, with the hotel being a key part of that. Now, the resort plays host to a glorious 4-star accommodation range, with rooms, suites and lofts all in its portfolio. 
The Formby Classic is the standard offering when it comes to rooms at Formby Hall, but even then, it comes equipped with a king-sized bed, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and a desk. There are also the Loft Classic Rooms, which are situated on the top floor of the hotel. 
There are four types of Superior Room on offer – Garden, Golf, Loft and Terrace. The Loft Superiors are on the top floors, as the name suggests, while the Garden Superior rooms come with a private garden that only guests in those rooms can enjoy. The Golf and Terrace Superior Rooms overlook the golf course, with the latter on the building's ground floor. 
At the top end of the accommodation range, there are Deluxe Rooms and two types of Suites. The Deluxe Rooms come with a spacious lounge area in the same room, while the Junior Suites come with a separate living area which looks out on to the championship golf course. The Loft Suite can accommodate two adults and two children, and all suites at Formby Hall come with a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival.  

Spa & Health Club

The Spa & Health Club is renowned in the local area as being top notch. The gym at the health club features a range of Technogym equipment, including cardiovascular machines, resistance machines and free weights, while gym users can enjoy views out onto the TopTracer driving range. 
There are also more than 20 fitness classes each week, with a range of body conditioning, yoga, Pilates and more. The Formby Hall Spa & Health Club also offers a range of personal trainers for one-to-one coaching.  
The facility features a 20-metre heated indoor swimming pool, along with a range of thermal suites. These include spa baths, steam rooms, a laconium cabin and a Himalayan salt sauna. There is also a rasul mud steam room, along with ten treatment rooms. Hot stone massages, Swedish massages, facial treatments, body cleansing treatments, pre-natal massages and deep muscle massages are all on offer from a range of qualified therapists.  

FAQs about Formby Hall

Where is Formby Hall?  
Formby Hall is on the northwest coastline of England, between Southport and Ormskirk. It is in a prime location for golf, with the likes of Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale, Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St Annes all within minutes. The city of Liverpool is less than 15 miles to the south of Formby Hall.  

What is the nearest airport and station to Formby Hall?
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is the closest international airport to Formby Hall, 25 miles to the south, south of the city of Liverpool., easyJet and Ryanair all have bases at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, with more than 3 million passengers travelling through in 2022. 23 million passengers travelled through Manchester Airport in the same year, and that is just an hour away from Formby Hall. 
Freshfield is the nearest train station to Formby Hall, with trains running frequently between Hunts Cross (south of Liverpool) through to Southport. These trains are every 15 minutes throughout the day. Freshfield is just two miles from the entrance to Formby Hall.  

What golf facilities does Formby Hall offer?
Away from the two courses, there are incredible facilities at Formby Hall. One of the finest driving ranges in the north of England – with 21 individual carpeted bays, three teaching bays and two private swing-analysis rooms – along with the Tommy Fleetwood Academy, the first of its kind.  

Does Formby Hall offer golf lessons?
There is plenty of scope for golfers to enjoy a range of coaching and tuition during their time at Formby Hall. There is a PGA Golf Academy, the Tommy Fleetwood Academy and a Phil Kenyon Putting School all housed at the resort, meaning golfers are spoilt for choice if they are looking to improve their swing and their game.  

What are the green fees at Formby Hall?
The price of a green fee at Formby Hall changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. There are also stay & play packages available at the resort.  
For more information on current green fees at Formby Hall visit their website here

What accommodation is on offer at Formby Hall?
Recently refurbished, the range of accommodation at Formby Hall is sublime. Nine different types of rooms and suites are available in the Formby Hall Hotel, starting with the Loft and Formby Classics. There are four types of Superior rooms – Loft, Garden, Terrace and Golf – along with Deluxe Rooms. Junior and Loft Suites are the most exclusive and luxurious of the choices.  

What other resorts are nearby?
Formby Hall is the only venue on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list to be sitting as close as it does to the northwest coastline of England. The Mere and Worsley Park are both an hour away, and they are the two closest venues also on our list of the best resorts in GB&I. 
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