The 50 year old European Ryder Cup Captain toured the 7,209, Par 72 course with owner Jim Treacy and recalled his initial visit back in 2002 to Lough Erne to the Irish Times:
We thought wow, this has got serious five star potential so we twisted Jims arm to go for it. The original concept was that it was going to be a hotel and a hotel course. We said, no, this could potentially be a European Tour destination said Faldo.
Europes most successful golfer also made reference to the fact that Lough Erne Golf Resort may draw favourable comparison with Scotlands prestigious Loch Lomond which originally inspired owner Jim Treacy.
Faldo went on to comment: Youve got Lough Erne and Castle Hume Lake literally 300 degrees around you and you wont see a building. There are some wonderful natural features out here in terms of vistas and atmosphere, some beautiful natural spots like down on the eighth. Separation is something wonderful when each hole has its own individuality; thats really important to our design team
Construction of the golf course began in the Spring of 2006 with tees and greens built to USGA specifications and there is a fully automatic irrigation system to greens, tees, approaches and surrounds including the mown roughs. Lough Erne will be fully cart pathed and have extensive practice facilities including a driving range, short game area, putting green and mini Himalayas.
The 120 bedroom five star hotel and spa opened in September 2007 which includes 25 lodges within the grounds all sharing spectacular views of the rolling countryside, cultured hotel gardens or the magnificent lakes. There is a country castle feel to the original house which is enhanced by a majestic entrance hall with views over the Lough.
While the atmosphere and character of the resort displays an unmistakable and traditional Celtic charm, the latest facilities for guests are innovative and of the highest quality including the Thai Spa with eight treatment rooms, together with a circular relaxation room, whirlpool, steam room and sauna emphasises the resorts gathering global reputation as a feel good destination.
For information on Lough Erne Golf Resort, Northern Ireland tel: + 44 (0) 28 6632 3230 or visit www.loughernegolfresort.com.