Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan


Spend a day on the links at Farnham Estate's golf course in Cavan

Designed by leading European golf course designer Jeff Howes, the Farnham Estate's golf course in Cavan spans more than 500 acres of rolling countryside and verdant woodland. Surrounded by tranquil meadows, the front nine holes of the course offer a gentle experience while the back nine challenge experienced players with their rugged woodsy setting. The course’s parkland setting includes a winding stream, seven lakes, ancient trees, fairy fort, wishing well, wild garlic and wildlife.

The course begins with a gentle par four, but the remaining holes challenge all aspects of play. Although bunkers are not numerous, they are strategically placed and generally large and flat. Aesthetically natural, the bunkers reflect the estate’s overall feel. The immaculately groomed greens feature allow for a variety of pin positions for the enjoyment of all skill levels. Contours are interesting but sensible.

The par-73 course has yet to name a signature hole, but possibilities include the second, 10th, 15th or 16th. The second hole is a long par, while the 14th is a drivable one, especially with favourable wind. The designer's own favourite is the fourth, which requires a slight draw off the tee between two 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, ensuring year-long enjoyment.

The Course Designer

Jeff Howes is one of Europe’s leading golf architects, having worked with Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Retief Goosen. As a senior member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA), Jeff has more than 25 years experience in golf course design. Before establishing Jeff Howes Golf Design in 1991, he worked with five different golf course architects, including Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Senior, gleaning greater understanding from their varied approaches, standards and philosophies.

Course facts:

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