Lough Erne (Faldo) - Fermanagh - Northern Ireland

Lough Erne Golf Resort,
Belleek Road,
Enniskillen,
Fermanagh,
BT93 7ED,
Northern Ireland


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Little did supermarket tycoon Jim Treacy realise back in the late 1990s when he established the Castle Hume course in Enniskillen that it would be the starting point for a 10-year, £30 million golf project that would reach a dramatic conclusion with the opening of the Lough Erne course in the summer of 2009.

Think of luxury golf resorts in Ireland with both excellent accommodation and quality courses and the likes of Adare Manor, Mount Juliet, The K Club, Druids Glen and Carton House spring to mind – well, to that illustrious quintet of top notch establishments can now be added Treacy’s new 5-star Lough Erne in County Fermanagh.

Designed by Nick Faldo, the Lough Erne championship course extends to just over 7,000 yards from the back tees and it lies at the heart of an upmarket development in a part of the country more renowned for its angling and water sports than golf.

That perception will change once golfers get to know how good the facilities are at a course that sits on a spectacular site along the shores of Lough Erne – indeed, many seasoned observers anticipate the course will be a future professional tournament venue as it has all the attributes expected of a top European Tour track.

Castle Hume Lough and its many wetland areas come into play at most of the holes here so accuracy around the course is absolutely essential in order to score well. A good short game will also help at the handful of par threes on the scorecard, the last of which is played at the final hole, “Cygnets Rest,” where the home green is a welcome refuge for tee shots that avoid sand to the left and water to the right.

A couple of short par fours really catch the eye. The 2nd hole, “Forest Drive,” doglegs right from the edge of the Lough and the 351-yard 10th sweeps to a green jutting out into the water. A pair of par fives are also worthy of special mention. The first, the 637-yard 9th is a strategic three-shotter that plays to a narrow, angled green and the other is the 16th, “Faldo Turn,” which enjoys views over the estate that are simply stunning.

The competitive side of Lough Erne was initiated by a charity match in July 2009 between Ireland’s two leading golfers, Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy, when they played an 18-hole stroke play head-to-head match billed as “The Duel on the Lough.” Young Rory edged out 2-time Open Champion Padraig by two shots to claim the specially commissioned Belleek Trophy for the first time.

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Description: Designed by Nick Faldo, the Lough Erne championship course extends to just over 7,000 yards from the back tees and it lies at the heart of an upmarket development... Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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Goffy
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.
October 11, 2009
10 / 10
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Paul
Sometimes the hype far outweighs actual experience – not so when it comes to Lough Erne Golf Resort near Enniskillen. Having recently accepted an invite to play Ireland’s latest addition to the many wonderful courses on this small island, I was left in no doubt this Nick Faldo design already ranks up there with the best. Lough Erne only opened earlier this year but already it is fit to challenge the more established parkland courses at the summit of these top 100 lists. The greens were understandably of a slower pace when we played but had an obvious ability to be made slicker when necessary. The condition of the course was superb. From start to finish each hole grabs your attention, whether meandering through the mature trees early on or stopping to marvel at what must surely be some of the best sights from a golf course when overlooking Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, particularly on the back nine.

For me one of the stand-out holes is the 10th. Not a long par four but in this day an age of advancing technology it’s a perfect example of risk and reward as you decide whether to take on the green that clings to the edge of the lough or play it in regulation. So many other holes could be mentioned; the long par-five ninth up the to halfway house, the 16th which begins the stunning homeward run alongside the inner Castle Hume Lough with tees and greens cleverly jettisoned to offer maximum impact, both visually and playability. With so many tee box variations this is a course that can and does suit all golfing standards, from the ordinary club golfer to the Rory McIlroy’s of this world. If there is criticism it is minor. The tee box markers should be more clearly defined and perhaps authentic wooden illustrations of each hole placed on tees to assist visitors who play there for the first time. On reflection I was left with a singular curious thought – have I just played a future Irish Open venue? Would make for one hell of a venue if it proves so.
September 02, 2009
10 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Just sometimes, you can play a brand new venue and know that the course is destined for warm praise from golfers who visit. I had this feeling in July 2009 after staying and playing at Lough Erne. The resort is 5-star throughout and has wonderful customer service values (everyone wants to say ‘hello’ or ‘how you doing’) – an atmosphere in keeping with the resort’s intention of tempting visitors to return I would imagine. Obviously new courses are up against it when compared to established names but my first impressions of Lough Erne are really good – I imagine there are good times ahead. I played the course twice and enjoyed it immensely. The first hole has a tough drive (just ask Padraig in the inaugural Lough Erne Challenge against Rory) with the Lough in play to the right. The 2nd is a cracking par-4 bending right at around 230 yards, leaving a short shot to the green. After a decent par-3 3rd and an average par-5 4th, the par-3 5th is a beauty (over water to a semi-island green). The 6th tee gives views of both Loughs (Erne and Hume) and an inviting tee shot too for the second par-5 on the course.

It would be very easy to write about every hole but I’ll only pick my real favourites from here. The par-5 9th needs an exact approach before moving to the pretty par-4 10th (after a stop at the sumptuous half-way hut). This 10th is drivable no doubt about that but is it worth the risk as the green sits well into the Lough – decisions decisions. Depending on the wind, the par-4th 11th can vary from a really long approach to something around 150 yards and it is a lovely looking view to the green (surely no-one could hole out from there!!). The view from the 16th tee is worth getting the camera out for and what an inviting drive…this is my choice of best par-5 on the course. The 18th is a fairly lengthy par-3 and although the par-3 finish to courses raises a few eyebrows, this works pretty well. Lough Erne is in its infancy but is well worth a visit, this will be on my agenda annually now – I just wonder how long it will be before I can give it the full 6-ball rating? (A couple of years from now I would guess). I defy anyone not to have a great experience on and off the course at Lough Erne.
August 30, 2009
8 / 10
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James Currie
This was an absolute joy to play. I stayed in the Hotel and played the golf course twice. There isn't a weak hole, with some of the most scenic views you will see on any golf course. I would encourage every golf enthusiast to make a trip to Lough Erne.This is a complete gem and exactly what Northern Ireland golf needed.
August 30, 2009
10 / 10
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Ronan
I played this course one month ago. I enjoyed the course but i had a few faults with it. The greens were slow for such a new course. some of the par 4s are really short for a championship course and i didnt like the uphill par 3s. Over all £95 is far to deer for this course. Believe me, play Concra Wood in Castleblaney it is as good a course if not better in my opinion and you can get it at a third of the price.
August 18, 2009
6 / 10
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pk
October 06, 2009
I agree totally. Concra Wood is awsome and amazing value (£25 on a Wed Open!). I would recommend it without hestitation as there isn't a single bad hole on it.
golfnut
October 11, 2009
I couldn't disagree more. The greens may appear to be slow but they are devious, extremely contoured, run true and even the slightest misjudgement will be punished. Golf is not just about distance and this is well demonstrated by the short par 4's. I can drive a few of them but only took on the 17th (got it too!) because there is a definite high risk element to them all. The uphill par 3's are tougher than they seem and demand spin and distance control that you don't see too often with most courses opting for the easier downhill approach. The par 5's are monsters although can be hit in 2 but demand pure strikes and nerves of steel. The price tag is something that is justified and this will become more obvious with time when this course establishes itself as one of Ireland's best. I've played almost all the other proposed top courses in Ireland and some on the continent and this is right up there. It lull's you in with it's beauty and spits you out unless you have power, accuracy, a magestic short game and supreme cunning. Unfortunately I was found wanting. And no - I don't work for them...but I will be back.
Ronan
May 31, 2010
Golfnut. . . you say the greens are devious. at 105 quid they would need to be. i played this course in early april for the third time. again i have to say i still think some par 4s are too short for cship. although the par 5s are very very good. still thinks the greens are ok just and that they are hard to predict when pitching. again overpriced.