One quick way to assess the quality of a links course is by looking for a rail line nearby—so many great ones have one (or did as in the case of the Old Course). At Formby one needn’t look long as the Merseyside line borders the entire right side of the first hole. (Formby does lack the other telltale feature—the caravan park, but that’s about all that’s lacking here.) The course can play over 7000 yards and so can challenge longer hitters. But be sure to bring your short game as well as there’s plenty of challenge at the green complexes. The routing is a real strength as it ensured the wind will be encountered from every direction. There may be plenty of trees, but they don’t come into play and the land is clearly of the links variety, including a nice view of the ocean and the Snowdonia Mountains from the tenth tee.
Date: May 17, 2019