Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan



The Farnham Estate’s golf course was designed by leading European course architect Jeff Howes, who created 18 beautiful holes amidst the over 500 acres of rolling countryside and lush woodland. The front 9 are set in the meadow area of the estate grounds, giving golfers a laid-back experience that warms them up for the back 9, a more challenging set of holes set in the wooded portion of the estate. Throughout the course, players can see a winding stream, 7 lakes, ancient trees, a fairy fort, a wishing well and plenty of wildlife.

The course begins with a generous par 4 and then becomes more challenging. Although bunkers are few, they are strategically placed and generally large and flat. Kept natural, the bunkers reflect the estate’s overall feel. The immaculately groomed greens allow for a variety of pin positions to accommodate any skill level. Contours are interesting but sensible.

The par-72 course has yet to name a signature hole, but possibilities include the 2nd, 4th, 10th, 14th, 15th or 16th. The 2nd hole is a long par, while the 14th is a drivable one, especially with favourable wind. The designer's favourite hole is the 4th, which requires a slight draw off the tee between 2 large oaks and opens into a well-guarded green with water behind and to the right. This golf course in Cavan is a long track by any standard, so we provide buggy paths throughout and buggies for hire.  

The Course Designer

Jeff Howes is one of Europe’s leading golf architects and has worked with Robert Trent Jones Sr, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Retief Goosen and others to design courses throughout the world. As a senior member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA), Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in golf course design. He established the Jeff Howes Golf Design company in 1991, using the knowledge he has gleaned over the years from working with the greatest golf players and course designers to create his own mark on the storied history of golf.

Course facts

  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,442 m / 7,047 yd
  • Reduced green fees for hotel guests