Farnham Estate in DG IRELAND TOP150 – 2021
Editor, Kevin Markham
A parkland of sweeping variety and landscapes, which drifts lazily around the impressive hotel and spa at the heart of this plush resort.
Farnham was designed by Jeff Howes and opened in 2009. The opening nine holes stretch over a hillside and then around it, enjoying acres of space and a lazy pace. There are several water features (the 2nd and 4th are beauties) and deep swathes of rough are to be avoided. The back nine take you up into the forest where the tree corridors present a very different and darker challenge. Holes finally break free on the far side… with the par five 18th sweeping around a lake, below the hotel and bringing you back to a new clubhouse.
Favourite Hole: The par four 2nd plays from a high tee, sliding down between a bank of trees on the left and a rough-strewn slope on the right. The green is visible on the far side of a stream.
What’s in the Bag? Use the front nine to sharpen your skills and your accuracy… you’ll need both when you head up into the forest.
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