Combine a golfing retreat with a stay at a 16th century country house for the ultimate weekend break. Take to the fairways of this beautifully landscaped 18-hole championship course in Cavan.
If you like nothing better than to wake up, pick up your clubs and make your way to the first tee early in the morning, then Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan is the ideal destination for a short break in Ireland. Ireland has over 400 golf courses all surrounded by breathtaking vistas. Cavan is no exception. With a total of nine courses, there are plenty of options to choose from. Make sure you are not in a hurry as it is difficult not to be distracted by the woodlands and surrounding scenery that runs alongside the county’s fairways.
Farnham Estate Golf Club
The club is set in 500 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and forest, in a wider 1,300 acres of rambling countryside, walking trails, a lake and breathtaking nature. The grounds and house have a rich history. To find out more, come along and play a round of golf here.
A Jeff Howes designed course
Ireland’s own Jeff Howes, a leading expert in the design of global golf courses, created Farnham’s course. Although the technology and design of golf courses may have moved with the times, Jeff stays true to the traditional style and spirit of the game, as well as taking into account the aesthetics of the surrounding environment and nature. The layout of Farnham will challenge you in many ways. The first nine holes are undulating grassy meadows. In contrast, the next nine will take you on a journey though rugged woodland and terrain that will put your skills to the test. The course contours are interesting, bunkers are few but well placed. Along the way, you will also encounter several glistening lakes, a wishing well, wildlife and even a fairy fort. Perhaps that is where all the missing balls end up.
Learn from the professionals
Discounted fees and package deals are on offer to hotel residents, and clubs, golf carts and trolleys are available for hire from the Golf Pro Shop. You can also book lessons at the shop and purchase gear from your favourite brand names in the sport. If you want to improve your game, book a session with PGA Pro Gavin Byrne, based a Farnham, who will analyse your swing and provide you with top professional tips to better your skills.
You don’t have to be a member to play here so even if you are just visiting, why not drop by the hotel for a round of golf and afternoon tea or a meal in the restaurant. If you are in Cavan with non-golfers, why not treat them to some spa time while you take to the greens. Plan your next Irish golfing break on the pristine fairways of Cavan in unforgettable surroundings at a professional club, set against the backdrop of this ancient estate.