Huge upgrade to Formby Hall as it bids to become “world class destination”
Sefton’s Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa have recently announced plans to extend and upgrade its current facilities to create “a world-class, multi-purpose resort” which will be regarded as one of the best golf and leisure facilities in the North West of England.
The four-star resort currently extends to more than 200 acres and already features two golf courses of 18 and nine holes; a 27-bay driving range; a golf shop; health spa; and a 76-bed hotel.
It is home to the first PGA National Residential Golf Academy in the UK – centres of excellence for golf, which offer outstanding teaching and coaching facilities with accommodation, and is the only one in the North of England.
The proposal will see a new-build extension to the existing hotel; a new golf clubhouse and event space for more than 300 guests, an extension to its restaurant, and a re-configured leisure club and spa, plus 22 eco-lodges located within the resort grounds.
An additional 63 hotel rooms will be created, with a two-storey wing proposed to be built on the existing overspill car park, which will feature 43 en-suite rooms with balconies or patios, while the first floor of the existing health club and spa building will be converted to provide a further 20 rooms.
A ‘state of the art’ spa is proposed for nearby the 10th hole fairway lake, which is designed to be a key attraction for the resort, and will include a number of treatment rooms and relaxation areas with lakeside views, a thermal suite, saunas and hot tubs, indoor and outdoor vitality pools, and a bistro with external terrace.
The hotel’s existing overspill car park is proposed to become the resort’s main parking facility with a capacity of 439 vehicles, including accessible spaces.
The proposal also includes the development of a small number of residential properties on a site containing a number of existing buildings used for storage purposes.
Two planning applications for the proposals have now been submitted to Sefton Council with a third to follow shortly.
Commenting on the applications, Christopher King, Director of CS Hotel Solutions said:
“The proposed plans, if approved, will deliver a step change in the quality and range of accommodation available at Formby Hall enabling it to compete with other destination resorts across the UK.
The development will draw a greater number of business and leisure visitors to the resort, benefitting the borough and further region whilst meeting the significant need for additional high quality hotel accommodation within the world renowned Merseyside Golf Coast.