The History

The History

Founded in 1884, Formby Golf Club is steeped in history with many stories to tell.
Our timeline picks out those key moments.

Today

2016 - Formby hosts Arnold Palmer Cup

2016

Formby hosts Arnold Palmer Cup

2009 - Matteo Manassero (Italy) wins Amateur Championship

2009

Matteo Manassero (Italy) wins Amateur Championship

2004 - Formby holds the 33rd Curtis Cup Won by The United States. HRH Duke of York visits

2004

Formby holds the 33rd Curtis Cup Won by The United States. HRH Duke of York visits.

1984 - Jose Maria Olazabal beats Colin Montgomerie to win The Amateur Championship in our centenary year

1984

Jose Maria Olazabal beats Colin Montgomerie to win The Amateur Championship in our centenary year

1980

Donald Steel re-models the course following extensive coastal erosion

1980 - Donald Steel re-models the course following extensive coastal erosion
1967 - Bob Dickson (USA) wins Amateur Championship

1967

Bob Dickson (USA) wins Amateur Championship

1957 - R Reid Jack (Dullatur) wins Amateur Championship

1957

R Reid Jack (Dullatur) wins Amateur Championship

1951 - Bar installed downstairs

1951

Bar installed downstairs

1945

War Memorial Tablet 1914–1918 = 29 Members 1939–1945 = 10 Members

1945 - War Memorial Tablet 1914–1918 = 29 Members 1939–1945 = 10 Members
1945 - Junior officers of the troop ship 'Veteran' strapped the Hippo to searchlight platform. The Hippo survived a trip under fire to Narvic, delivering troops to the Norwegian fiords and he returned relatively unscathed.

1945

Junior officers of the troop ship "Veteran" strapped the Hippo to searchlight platform. The Hippo survived a trip under fire to Narvic, delivering troops to the Norwegian fiords and he returned relatively unscathed.

Commemorated annually by the "Hippo Competition" for a handsome replica trophy.

1933 - Alterations by Harry Colt: 2nd, 5th, 18th holes rebunkered

1933

Alterations by Harry Colt: 2nd, 5th, 18th holes rebunkered

1929 - Visit by HRH Prince of Wales - Later Edward Vlll - Later Duke of Windsor

1929

Visit by HRH Prince of Wales - Later Edward Vlll - Later Duke of Windsor

1922 - Course alterations by James Braid

1922

Course alterations by James Braid

1914 - Club used as a soldiers convalescence home

1914

Club used as a soldiers convalescence home

1912 - Willie Park establishes original links

1912

Willie Park establishes original links

1909 - Clock presented by Bruce Ismay - Chairman of White Star Line & Titanic Fame

1909

Clock presented by Bruce Ismay - Chairman of White Star Line & Titanic Fame

Mr E Storey’s (one of the early trustees) widow presented the hippo to the club after his death.

1901 - Opening of current clubhouse built at a cost of £700

1901

Opening of current clubhouse built at a cost of £7000

1899 - Major fire which destroyed The Clubhouse

1899

Major fire which destroyed The Clubhouse

1891

Clubhouse built - with bedrooms at a cost of £2000

1891 - Clubhouse built - with bedrooms at a cost of £2000

1887

President (landlord) Charles Weld-Blundell planted pine trees

1887 - President (landlord) Charles Weld-Blundell planted pine trees

1884

Club founded at instigation of John Bushby, subscriptions set at 1 Guinea (£1.05)

1884 - Club founded at instigation of John Bushby, subscriptions set at 1 Guinea (£1.05) 1884

Club Founded

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