Nick Faldo was in Ireland last week as construction gathers pace at the spectacular Faldo Design project at Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. The six-time Major winner was at Lough Erne to assess the strategic elements of the detailed design plans, providing his own unique insights for what will certainly be a stunning addition to Europe’s current array of lakeland golf courses.
Faldo commented, “Things are progressing very nicely here at Lough Erne and I’m confident that this project will produce one of Europe’s – indeed one of the world’s – most visually stunning golf courses. I am struck by the sheer beauty of these surroundings every time I step on site and this is such an inspiring place to work; I am confident that will be reflected in the many strategic challenges that our design will feature. With 14 lakeside holes incorporated into the routing, the finished product will be one that is as demanding and challenging as it is uniquely stirring.”
Leading Irish golf course construction company, Sol Golf, started work at Lough Erne in March this year and the project will complete in late 2007 or early 2008. The 18-hole championship course meanders through dramatically rolling and diverse terrain, frequently visiting the shores of Castle Hume Lake and Lower Lough Erne.
Developer Jim Treacy comments, “We chose Faldo Design for this project due to its outstanding reputation and the unique input that Nick brings to his designs. He is recognised as one of the game’s greatest shot-makers and perhaps the ultimate strategist; we’re confident that Nick can translate these skills into a very special design here at Lough Erne. What we are trying to create in terms of the development is a world class club and resort – and Nick’s golf course is absolutely central to it.”
Lough Erne is one of three projects that Faldo Design is currently working on in Ireland, part of a portfolio that is a truly global affair. With designs in countries as far afield as Portugal, China, Turkey, Iceland and The Dominican Republic, Faldo is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most pioneering and individual player-designers in the industry.
Faldo Design is one of the most well respected companies in the industry; it is admired both for the quality of courses it creates and for its unstinting efforts to produce diverse and very distinct courses on a truly global scale.