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The Course

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 5,356 yards (4,897 metres) with a Standard Scratch Score of 71.

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.

There is splendid contrast to be found on the Formby Ladies course. Those holes lying on the flat landward side entice players into error by their misleading air of innocence; while the picturesque adventurous holes lying among the sandhills and the pine woods provide many golfing challenges.

Several holes have elevated tees providing excellent views over much of the course and towards the Irish Sea. The par 3 holes are some of the most difficult you could wish to play anywhere.

Formby Ladies lies in the central area of the property owned by the acclaimed Formby Golf Club. The latter is a championship golf course and is available to vistors every day, including weekends, except on competition days.

“We, one and all, agreed that it was a gem of the purest ray serene”. Bernard Darwin, 1934

History
Formby Ladies Golf Club is proud to be one of the oldest independent women’s golf clubs with its own full 18-hole golf course in the world.  Although unique in having a membership offered to ladies, we have been welcoming male and female guests to our unique club for over 125 years.

Women have played over the links at Formby since the earliest days, initially as the Ladies' section of the Formby Golf Club (FGC). Indeed, the first plus handicap recorded at FGC was that of a woman, Miss M. I. Bushby, who on the 18th of November 1885 returned a score of 72+5=77 in a monthly competition for a ladies’ prize.

As early as 1886 the women were invited to form their own committee to organise ladies competitions and handicaps, and over the next ten years the ladies' section thrived.  Relations between the two sections seem to have been excellent, with several mixed foursome competitions being played, however, when FGC decided to make alterations to their course in 1896, the women asked if they could have a course of their own. Minutes
from that time show the FGC council agreeing that “the women should have a course of their own for their amusement”.

On New Year’s Day 1896 the Formby Ladies Golf Club (FLGC) was born. The women now had a nine-hole course and a small clubhouse of their own but remained dependent on FGC for the management of their course.
Club minutes from early 1907 record a flurry of correspondence between FGC and FLGC regarding the cost of extending the Ladies' course. It was soon agreed that FGC would proceed with the work based on only charging the Ladies with “the actual cost of the men’s time and feed of the horses whilst employed on the work”. An annual rent of £300 was agreed, and to assist the ladies in paying this rent it was also agreed that the ladies could
elect as “associates” any member of FGC at one guinea per annum. Those members of FGC who were not “associates” would be charged a nominal fee per day to play the ladies' course. The ladies retained the right to play on the long course (FGC) without payment, but at restricted times.

The new 18-hole links was officially opened on 1st July 1908 and during the same year the ladies' clubhouse was extended to accommodate the growing membership, which now stood at one hundred and nineteen. Finally, in the mid-1920s FLGC employed their own green staff and took over the maintenance and development of the course.
In the late 1920’s Harry Colt was employed to reconstruct 4 new holes, that opened for play in July 1930.  Members of FGC retained the right to be “associate” members of FLGC until 2010 when the passing of the Equalities Act meant that we could no longer offer this type of membership as it was deemed to be discriminatory.

Over the years, we have hosted many competitions at County, National and International level including the British Girls' Home Internationals, the British Men’s & Women’s Seniors, and the Girls Under 14/Under 16 Open Championships.

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