Lough Erne Resort to Host The 2017 Irish Open

(10 Mar 2014)

It has just been announced that the 2017 Irish Open will be played on the Lough Erne Championship Course, the award-winning golf course at the 5-star Lough Erne Resort, in the magnificent setting of the Fermanagh lakelands.

With its spectacular setting on a private 600-acre peninsula between Lower Lough Erne & Castle Hume Lough, the links-like fairways, dramatic scenery and superb all round playing conditions of the Championship Course at Lough Erne Resort, placed a Top 10 Course in Golfweek’s Best Great Britain & Ireland course rankings, make it a truly exceptional inland course.

Speaking at the announcement, George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “The Irish Open at Royal Portrush in 2012 captured the imagination of the country after a lengthy absence, and we are delighted to confirm today that the tournament will be back in Northern Ireland next year, at another magnificent links venue in Royal County Down, before returning again in 2017 at Lough Erne Resort.
 
We must acknowledge the vision and commitment of Minister Arlene Foster and her colleagues within the Northern Ireland Executive and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to secure the return of the Irish Open to Northern Ireland in 2015 and 2017, which further underlines the country’s presence on the world stage following the outstanding achievements of its players in recent years.
 
Indeed, it was Rory McIlroy’s inspired suggestion to me during the 2013 BMW Masters in China that proved to be the catalyst for today’s announcement, and we are confident that our players will relish the chance to compete for the Irish Open title at this iconic links course next year.”

"We are delighted and privileged to be selected as host of the 2017 Irish Open, a major sporting celebration and something that will be of enormous benefit in showcasing the beauty, the facilities and the hospitality of this wonderful part of the world” says General Manager of Lough Erne Resort, Ferghal Purcell. 

“The Irish Open 2017 at Lough Erne Resort will be good for the Resort, good for Fermanagh and good for Northern Ireland. We endeavour to host an Irish Open to make Northern Ireland proud and are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce some of the world’s finest players, the watching television public and the world’s media to our wonderful championship golf course through the Irish Open in 2017. With more than 400 courses on the island of Ireland, including over 30% of the world's links courses, golf is a huge draw for overseas visitors to Ireland and the Irish Open will be an amazing vehicle for marketing the country, the region and Lough Erne Resort to golfers all around the world.”

Home to the G8 Summit in 2013, seen as one of the most successful events of its kind, Lough Erne Resort is well accustomed to hosting significant, world-class events.

Lough Erne Resort, Belleek Road, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, BT93 7ED, Northern Ireland
Telephone: +44 (0)28 6632 3230 or 048 6632 3230

www.lougherneresort.com

 

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