|The excellent downhill par four 2nd.|
The back nine were still in the throes of construction and I had been given permission to walk them. Greens were mere pools of sand, bunkers no more than holes in the earth, fairways nothing but mud… and it was into the mud that I sank. It took a while to extricate myself, and a little longer to retrieve my golf shoe that had been sucked off my foot. It was a soggy walk for the final five holes.
The staff at the Radisson Blu hotel, around which the elegant golf course flows, were kind enough to let me have a room where I could take a shower and clean up. Rusty (that’s my camper van) had no such facilities and neither had the golf clubhouse, which at the time was little more than a hut.
|The hotel (not the hut)|
|The Reception area|
|The par three 5th, with wedding couple on the hill above.|
Here's a full set of photographs of the Farnham Estate golf course.
High, ornate ceilings, elegant furniture and an air that takes you back to an earlier time. The rest of the hotel boasts a more dynamic vibe with restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and an extensive 40,000 sq. foot spa. While the holistic spa wasn’t about to catch my eye, the eye-catching array of Irish craft beers in the Botanica Bar certainly did. But the spa was a popular destination (it was en route to our room), with couples and groups dressed in white dressing robes and slippers (supplied in the bedrooms) passing back and forth through the doors. There was a queue outside the door the following morning and the infinity pool has an inside and outside element.
|The Botanica Restaurant|
|Approach to the short par four 10th|