DESIGNER: Faldo, 2009
GREEN FEES: Until October 31, £75; Nov-Mar 2011, £60.
CONTACT: 028 6632 3230, www.lougherneresort.com
CLUB COMMENT: New course.
Nick Faldo’s first course in Ireland was commissioned by supermarket mogul and golf fan Jim Treacy. It is a spectacular layout, and Faldo’s passion and commitment to course design cannot be questioned. Like Alister MacKenzie’s courses, Faldo’s green complexes are never dull; and unless you can hit a perfectly struck shot into the greens, you are unlikely to find putting surfaces, but rather roll off into dips and hollows. The finishing holes (see the 17th, pictured) are hugely memorable along the loughside, with the final hole unusually being a par 3.