Snooker Room at Formby Golf Club
The snooker room at Formby Golf Club dates back to the opening of the new club house in 1901 post the fire which completely destroyed the previous building. In this era the game of choice was billiards, not snooker and it is no surprise that the tables are actually conversions from the original billiard tables.
This conversion is evidenced by the black dots on the table top runners and also the pockets which are a little narrower and shallower than one might expect for a snooker table. The tables were manufactured in the UK by Burroughes And Watts and is a `Record` snooker table dated to around 1900.
The strong link with billiards goes way back in the golf club’s history. One Mr. John Webb, whilst running a billiard hall in Llandudno, North Wales in the early 1900’s was persuaded by Messrs Edgecombe and Bels Adam, both members of Formby Golf Club, to retrench and work at Formby Golf Club as Billiard master; scoring games and instructing as required. The standard was already high and the new Mr Webb fitted in well. This continued until 1914, when Webb enlisted returning in 1919, then ending up as caddie master in 1921 until his retirement (Source: Formby Golf Club History 1884 – 1972 – Ivor S Thomas).
This classical snooker room just oozes history. There is a strong military link evidenced by the honours board donated by the Kings regiment. The room itself is bordered by leather clad bench seats, inviting you into a cosy ambience, still the scene of many club dinner snooker challenges and visitor wagers, no doubt looking to recover pride from that which was lost on the links that day. The snooker room continues to be well used with a continuing and growing number of enthusiastic amateurs as well as the odd World Champion.
John Parrott, the 1991 World Snooker Champion and Formby Golf Club member regularly plays with and coaches other members on club snooker nights when he can.
The current snooker chairman takes great pride in ensuring that the tables themselves are maintained to the highest standards. Both sets of balls come from the UK snooker championships and so conform to the most stringent standards. Rest assured you are playing with balls that will have been potted by some of the modern day champions of the game.
The snooker standard at the club remains high with John Parrott commenting, “the standard must be high. After two wins out of two playing for the Formby Golf Club snooker team, I was then promptly dropped!”
The Club invites and encourages all visitors, especially those staying in the dormy house, to relax after dinner and enjoy the ambience of one of the land’s classic snooker rooms.