The Formby & Freshfield Golf Society celebrated its 15 year anniversary in August 2014 however the Society has been in action for almost 20 years, as described below.
When the Bay Horse pub was a real pub, 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 back in 1993-4 through the Our Ladys PTA, Keith was a keen golfer with the rest of us total amateurs (and still are!!). After a few pints we had finished talking about football and woman and our thoughts turned to golf and how one day we would go to Portugal to play, this went on for months.
Towards the end of 1995 we decided to start playing regularly and our first golf match together was at Royal & Ancient Kirkby where Mike Kirkland, 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 there were 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. We had our first official competition as a member of the EGU in August 1999 with the inaugural cup being duly collected by Evan Bale. Our first official weekend away was in May 2000 at Crail Golfing Society in Scotland, where the Society Championship was born.
Of the original group back in the Bay Horse there is only myself, Mike Kirkland and Frank McGlynn still in the society however plenty of others have joined along the way to make up the 30 or so regular members we have today.