The scenery (sublime), can add so much to a course but it can also hinder. In this case, in order maximise the wonderful views, the course routing has to follow some topography which is not ideal and probably very challenging for every designer. Considering this limiter, Sir Nick managed to create a more than solid golf course. The land itself does not drain well so decent conditioning will be difficult to achieve on a regular basis. I have to mention the 5th hole as an example of the natural features conspiring against the golf course. This hole is a medium length par 3, which requires a carry over water (the green is 50% surrounded by water). It is a dramatic hole and one I was looking forward to playing. Unfortunately, the reeds in the water have grown so high that from the white tee, only the flag (not the flagstick below the flag) is visible. From the red tee, the flag was not visible at all so my playing partner was unable to play the hole. To balance the review, I should say that there were some excellent holes - par 5, 6th running on top of a ridge, par 4, 7th which is a downhill left to right hole towards the water of Lower Lough Erne, the strategic par 5, 9th, the risk and reward drivable par 4, 10th and the stunning par 5, 16th with wonderful views of the Castle Hume Lough. This is a course to play as the overall experience is excellent. Other rankings have Lough Erne in the top 100 in GB&I. My view is that this website is correct in not including it.
Date: September 17, 2019