"A Great Place to Play. A Great Place to Stay." That were the words describing the Faldo Championship Course and the hotel by Rory McIlroy, who was the Lough Erne Resort sponsored Touring Professional for many years during his early career.
Lough Erne Resort is home to 2 Championship Golf Courses. The Faldo Championship Course (Golf World & Golf Monthly Top 100) was designed by six time Major Winner Sir Nick Faldo and was his first golf course design in Ireland. The second course is the Castle Hume Golf Course.
Nick Faldo said of The Faldo Championship Course, "I've played golf on every Continent, and I can honestly say I am overwhelmed by the location and beauty of Lough Erne Resort."
The Faldo Championship Course (7,167 yards Par 72) is an exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities, featuring 18 spectacular golf holes. Situated between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, 14 of the holes have water in play, highlighted by the iconic 10th Hole, ‘Emerald Isle’ where the green is surrounded on three sides by water.
The routing of The Faldo Championship Course takes full advantage of the natural topography and provides golfers with superb all year round playing conditions.
Golfers can take some time out at The Halfway House situated behind the ninth Green, with stunning views over Lower Lough Erne. Other dining options available at The Resort include The Loughside Bar & Grill, The Blaney Bar and The Catalina Restaurant.
The Faldo Championship Course hosted The Lough Erne Challenge, The Duel on The Lough a stroke play between Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington, which saw Rory McIlroy set The Faldo Course record of 68. The Faldo Championship Course is set to host The Faldo Series Grand Final in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and The Faldo Series Ireland Championship during the same years, Rory McIlroy, Lough Erne Resort’s former Touring Professional is a former member of Team Faldo and won both the Under-15 and Under-17 Faldo Series titles in 2004 and 2006 respectively.