Had the pleasure of playing Lough Erne twice in September a few days after Padraig and Rory officially opened it. I had viewed the website and read the press releases before I went and I can say that you can definitely believe the hype, the course and hotel are superb.The starting holes are almost Woburn-esque set within a small wood then it’s up the hill to the 6th tee. It here you start to see the beauty of the Lough and the surrounding area. There are no weak holes but the stand out hole is the 10th with its green jutting out into the Lough. The green is drivable for the longish hitters but fraught with danger, take the sensible option and lay up and you’ll still end up needing a precise shot to hit the green. My only slight criticism is that a couple of the par 3’s are only average but the strong collection of par 4’s and 5’s more than make up for that. It’s hard to write about the golf course without mentioning the resort and hotel. The service by all the staff is truly 5 star, everyone seems to have time to ask how you are or to offer help, nothing is too much trouble.
Date: October 11, 2009