Formby to host 2016 Palmer Cup

 

FORMBY will host the 2016 Palmer Cup, the college version of the Ryder Cup featuring teams from Europe and the United States which the former won  at Walton Heath earlier this month.

Over recent years a few changes have been made to the Formby links but most are of a “tweaking” nature; trees were planted in the early 70’s to the right of the first, second and third holes, thus screening the railway. New bunkers have been created at the fourth, sixth and 11th and others redesigned. In 1997, fairway watering was introduced onto five holes and now extends to 18 holes. In 1998, new back Tees were built to provide a “Blue” course which has extended the length to 7028 yards, but more importantly has brought back into play, for the scratch golfer, most of the original drive-length bunkers.

In 2005 a new, larger, practice ground was constructed on the site of the whole area of the 14th hole. This has been a significant improvement in terms of Members’ and visitors’ amenity. The new 14th lies immediately to the south of the earlier one and makes for a different but considerable challenge.

The course has been the venue for a number of tournaments and competitions over the years, including the Curtis Cup in 2004 and The Amateur Championship in 1957, 1967, 1984 and 2009. It has also been used as a qualifying course for the Open Championship in 1924, 1971 and 1996.

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