Farnham Estate golf club Cavan

Farnham Estate golf course Cavan

Farnham Estate Golf Course

Farnham Estate Club Crest

Farnham Estate Golf Club and the Hotel is under new ownership and the new owners are determent to turn this superb Golf Resort into one of Ireland’s finest, with a new Clubhouse under construction and many improvements being made to what is already a spectacular course.  

This stunning parkland course is spread over 500 acres of rolling countryside and dense woodland. The two nines are quite contrasting in nature. The gentle but challenging journey on the front nine explores the undulating meadows of this magnificent estate while the back nine is a more vigorous test of golf, traveling through denser more rugged woodland.

The course opens with a gentle par four, but from the second onwards, the golfer can expect to have every aspect of their game tested to the limit.

Bunkers are not in plentiful supply at Farnham, but each one is very well positioned and in the main, quite large and flat. They are not manicured as one might expect, but aesthetically natural which is the overriding feeling of the whole estate.

The greens are a near-perfect texture and allow for a wide variety of possible pin positions, facilitating the enjoyment of all categories of golfer. The contours are interesting but sensible.

This par 72 course contains a good mix of holes. Many golfers will no doubt find the second quite a long par four while the fourteenth is a drivable one, especially if the wind is in your favour.

Only time will tell what the signature hole will be at Farnham and there are numerous possibilities such as the 2nd, 10th, 15th or 16th. The designer's own favourite is the fourth, requiring a slight draw off the tee between two large oak trees, opening up a well guarded green with water behind and to the right.

A meandering stream and no less than seven lakes are features of this parkland spread, as well as ancient trees, a fairy fort, a wishing well, lots of wild garlic and indeed its fair share of wildlife.

This a long track by any standard and to ensure optimum enjoyment and year-long play;

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 75-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2023 (Up-1);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 76-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2022;

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 77-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020 (Down-7);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 70-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2019 (Up-7);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 77-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Same);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 77-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Down-7);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 70-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Down-6);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 64-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Up-3);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 67-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Down-7);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 60-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Down-6);

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 54-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Farnham Estate was voted the No. 48-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

  • Golf Deals » Farnham Estate

  • Stay & Play @ Farnham Estate & Spa €160.00

    Offer valid from 01 Jul 2023 to 30 May 2024 Detail:

    Ladies Luxury accommodation with breakfast, set dinner one evening in our restaurant 9 holes of golf, a 30  minute spa treatment and access to the Health Spa Facilities
    From: €160pps

Green Fees Midweek: €50
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €60
Green Fees Midweek Hotel Guest: €45
Green Fees Weekends Hotel Guest: €55
Green Fees with a Member: €35/45
Green Fees for Opens: €35
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: €35 Yes
Buggy Hire: €40 Yes
Soft Spikes: Yes
Full Membership Fee: €699
Full Senior 55+ Membership Fee: €600
Full Distance Membership Fee: €439
Full Country Membership Fee: €439
Full Students Membership Fee: €275
Full Junior U-18 Membership Fee: €165
Course Type Parkland
No Holes 18
Members 150
Designer Jeff Howes
Founded 2009

Radisson Blu,
Farnham Estate Hotel,
Co. Cavan

Telephone +353 (0)49- 4326482
Email golf@farnhamestate.ie
Website Farnham Estate golf club website
Golf Operations Manager: Neil McNulty
Captain: George Donohoe
Lady Captain: None
Club Secretary: Jim Fraher
Club Pro: Neil McNulty (049-4377700) 
Hon. Treasurer: Michael Gormley
Comp. Secretary: Denis Cullen
Farnham Estate Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 10.00am to 6.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities by prior arrangement Days to Avoid: None
Green fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek & Weekends Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Farnham Estate Golf Club Fixtures 2024 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2024 (to be Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Captain's Drive-In Wednesday
  Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 22 July   Closed 1
President's Prize Sunday 12 August

Closed 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Wednesday 27 March   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Wednesday 24 April   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Wednesday 22 May   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Wednesday 26 June

Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Wednesday 31 July   Open 1
L & G. Fourball Stableford Wednesday 28 August
Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Wednesday 25 September   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

White Par 72 SSS 72 6,669 yd's
Yellow Par 72 SSS 70 6,310 yd's
Red Par 72 SSS 72 5,575 yd's
Blue Par 72 SSS 73 7,065 yd's


Hole No. Blue White Yellow Par Index Red Par Index
1 402 383 363 4 13 317 4 13
2 413 393 369 4 3
314 4 3
3 405 371 357 4 7
278 4 17
4 450 427 413 4 1 352 4 9
5 183 173 162 3 15
139 3 5
6 586 554 525 5 5
472 5 1
7 415 384 370 4 9 331 4 15
8 211 198 189 3 11
170 3 11
9 543 503 478 5 17 454 5 7
Out 3,608 3,386 3,226 36   2,827 36  
10 340 324 305 4 18
268 4 10
11 468 450 423 4 2
384 4 2
12 200 192 173 3 12 150 3 18
13 437 413 381 4 4
346 4 4
14 300 277 263 4 16
225 4 14
15 591 566 540 5 6 488 5 8
16 171 158 146 3 14 130 3 16
17 414 396 376 4 8
327 4 12
18 536 507 477 5 10 430 5 6
In 3,457 3,386 3,226 36   2,748 36  
Total 7,065 6,669 6,310 72   5,575 72  
SSS 73 72 70     72    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record:

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

History of Farnham Estate

Crover has a fascinating history that dates back to the mid-1700s. The lands on which Crover House was first built by the Maxwell family was formerly owned by the O’Rahilly Clan of Breffne.
1759 – The first part of Crover was constructed in 1759 by Reverend James Henry Maxwell, Dean of Kilmore. He later became the Bishop of Meath.
1867 – It has been suggested that the present Crover House was built in 1867 by Henry Maxwell, seventh Baron Farnham, whose wife was Anna Frances, daughter of Lord Le Despencer. The Maxwell family (and in particular the head of the family, Lord Farnham) were the biggest landowners and political power brokers in Cavan. In fact, they were one of largest landowners in Ireland. The house consisted of eight bedrooms and three bathrooms upstairs, two stairways (so that the servants did not have to meet the occupants), a kitchen, sitting room and downstairs bathroom, along with a drawing room. The outbuildings consisted of a stable, piggery and barn, together with cow and potato sheds. By the nineteenth century, the Maxwells owned 28,000 acres of land in Cavan.
1863 - Tenancy of the house continues in the Cumming family when Thomas was succeeded by Robert prior to 1863. The next tenant was a Colonel Cumming about 1896. Colonel Edward William Cumming and his wife Julia lived in the house until their deaths. Both are buried in the grounds of St. Paul’s Church in Ballyjamesduff.
1928 – George W. Frazer became the tenant. At this time, the property was described as embracing house and office together with 71 acres, 1 road and 9 perches with a rateable valuation of £84.1.0.
1935 - The Phibbs family farmed the land with an emphasis on equine activities.
1943 - The Gage family were similar in activities to the Phibbs family and also rode to the hunt.
1951 - Crover House was bought by Major Harbin, a British army officer, who carried on building and farming the land. His wife was a member of the Duc De Stackpoole Family.
1955 - Crover and the land attached to it was then bought by Vincent Matthews and his wife Anita in 1955. They changed it in to a hotel in 1957. They sold and rented some of the land. Over the years, Vincent built on to the hotel. The hotel consisted of fourteen bedrooms, kitchen, a ballroom and two bars (the Front Bar and the Boat Bar). The first Wedding that ever took place in Crover House Hotel was Majo and Cecil Kiernan on December 28th 1957.
1992 – The O’Reilly family bought Crover House Hotel in 1992. A beautiful chalet was built overlooking the magnificent Lough Sheelin. That same year, the O’ Reilly family built a twenty-eight bedroom extension and, in 2000, a golf course was added.
Some scholars believe that the name 'Crover' is a corruption of the Irish word "cruadhbhar", meaning hard surface, perhaps referring to the nature of the soil. However, in one early map, dating to 1609, it is shown as "Carracroover". Based on this, others believe that the name means "the quarterland of the woodcock". The name appears as "Crovar" in the Down Survey Map (1654). Over the years, "Crovar" became known as "Crover".

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
  2009 Ladies Captain
  2009 Men's Captain
  2009 President
  2010 Ladies Captain
Peter Duignan 2010 Men's Captain
Roy McCabe 2010 President
Mary Mulvey 2011 Ladies Captain
Peter Duignan 2011 Men's Captain
Roy McCabe 2011 President
Brenda Nicholson 2012 Ladies Captain
Mark Smith 2012 Men's Captain
Roy McCabe 2012 President
Brenda Nicholson
2013 Ladies Captain
Mike Rea 2013 Men's Captain
Roy McCabe
2013 President
Brenda Nicholson 2014 Ladies Captain
Mike O'Brien 2014 Men's Captain
Roy McCabe 2014 President
Brenda Nicholson 2015 Ladies Captain
Fintan O'Malley 2015 Men's Captain
Roy McCabe 2015 President
David Connolly
2016 Men's Captain
Roy McCabe
2016 President
Jim Fraher 2017 Men's Captain
Derek Alecocok 2017 President
Karl Markey 2018 Men's Captain
Derek Alecocok 2018 President
Vincent Brady 2019 Men's Captain
Paddy Lyons 2019 President
George Donohoe 2020 Men's Captain
  2020 President
  2021 Men's Captain
  2021 President
  2022 Men's Captain
  2022 President
  2023 Men's Captain
  2023 President
  2024 Men's Captain
  2024 President
Donal O'Reilly
2024 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Farnham Estate

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance

6th   221 yd's

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