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The Formby & Freshfield Golf Society will be celebrating its official 11th year anniversary in 2010 i.e. when the Society was registered with the EGU. However the Society has been in action for more than 15 years, as you can see below.

When the Bay Horse pub was a real pub and not a crappy eatery, a group of us met up every Tuesday to discuss football, women and golf - sad I know!!! Those people were myself, Mike Kirkland, Peter Curran, Frank McGlynn, Keith Court and Ralph Coyne. We had met up back in 1993-4 through Our Ladys PTA. Keith was a keen golfer and the rest of us were total amateurs ( still are!!). After a few pints and we had finished talking about football and woman, our thoughts turned to golf and how we would go to Portugal one day to play. This went on for months.

End of 1995, we decided to start playing regularly and in fact our first golf match together was at Royal & Ancient Kirkby, where Mike Kirkland, and I kid you not, turned up in trainees, jeans and a singlet!!!! In early 1996 we decided to go away for a golf break to Bryn Morfydd. This was a great success and we decided to go again the following year. We always talked about becoming a society, playing every month, going abroad, etc.... but nothing was ever done - it was just talk.

Finally, in 1999, we arrived at Gloucester Jarvis hotel for a weekend of golf. Numbers had swelled over the years and it was now about 16 - 20 players. We had such a great time that I finally decided to do something about it and the Formby & Freshfield Golf Society was born and had its official first monthly competition, as a member of the EGU in August 1999, hence the inaugural cup, which Evan Bale duly collected that first official competition.

17th Green & 18th Tee at Gloucester GC

Our first "official" society weekend away was in May 2000 at Crail Golfing Society in Scotland, where the Society Championship was born. We have not looked back since. Of the original group, back in the Bay Horse, I believe there is only myself and Mike Kirkland remaining in the society, although Frank McGlynn has recently come back into the fold.

5th Green at Crail GS


Why Golf is Better than Sex

1. A below par performance is considered good.

2. You can stop in the middle and have a cheeseburger and a couple of beers.

3. You can still make money doing it as a senior.

4. It's much easier to find the sweet spot.

5. Foursomes are encouraged.

6. Three times a day is possible.

7. Your partner doesn't hire a lawyer if you do it with someone else.

8. If you live in Florida, you can do it every day.

9. You don't have to cuddle with your partner when you're finished.

10. If your equipment gets old and rusty, you can replace it.

11. If you are having trouble with golf, it is perfectly acceptable to pay a professional to show you how to improve your technique

12. Nobody will ever tell you that you will go blind if you golf by yourself.

13. Itís perfectly respectable to golf with a total stranger

14. There is no such thing as a golf transmitted disease

15. Your golf partner will never say, "What? We just golfed last week! Is that all you ever think about?"


Pro Shop Calls

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: What are your green fees?
Staff: 38 pounds.
Caller: Does that include golf?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: Yes, do you have one of those areas where you can buy
a bucket of golf balls and hit them for practice?
Staff: You mean a driving range?
Caller: No, that's not it.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: Yes, I'd like to get a tee time tomorrow
between 12 o'clock and noon.
Staff: Between 12 o'clock and noon?
Caller: Yes.
Staff: We'll try to squeeze you in.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: Do you have any open tee times around 10 o'clock?
Staff: Yes, we have one at 10:15.
Caller: What's the next time after that?
Staff: We have one at 10:22.
Caller: We'll take that one. It will be a bit warmer.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: What do you have for tee times tomorrow?
Staff: What time would you like?
Caller: What times do you have?
Staff: What time of the day?
Caller: Any time.
Staff: Morning or afternoon?
Caller: Whenever.
Staff: We have 16 times open in the morning and 20 open in the afternoon. Would you like me to read the whole list?
Caller: No, I don't think any of those times will work for me.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: Do you have a dress code?
Staff: Yes, we do. We require soft spikes.
Caller: How about clothes?
Staff: Yes, you have to wear clothes.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: Do you rent golf clubs there?
Staff: Yes, they're 25 pounds.
Caller: How much to rent a bag?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: Yes, my husband just called me on his cell phone and told me he's on the 15th hole. How many more holes does he have to play before he gets to the 18th?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: Yes, do you have a driving range there?
Staff: Yes.
Caller: How much for a large bucket?
Staff: Four dollars.
Caller: Does that include the balls?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: Do you have a twilight rate?
Staff: Yes, it's 15 pounds after 2 o'clock.
Caller: And what time does that start?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you?
Caller: My kids just came home with pockets full of range balls and said they stole them from your driving range. Would you like to buy them back?