The Ireland Golf Tour Operators Association has voted Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh “IGTOA Golf Resort of the Year” - just one year after opening The Faldo Championship Course to widespread acclaim.
Ireland’s newest golf destination was the unanimous first choice of 16 IGTOA Tour Operators on the Executive Board, with Lough Erne beating off intense competition from 25 of the best-known golf resorts in the North and South of the country.
This is the 13th year of the annual awards and the judging criteria included the quality and challenge of the course, clubhouse facilities, standard of personal service in the hotel including accommodation, health and spa and the overall quality of the tourism product.
The prestigious 2010 Gala Irish Golf Resort Award, was presented by former Arsenal and international goalkeeper Pat Jennings to Lough Erne’s General Manager Jonathan Stapleton at the Slieve Donard Hotel, Co. Down.
Jonathan commented: “This is a great honour for Lough Erne Resort and wonderful recognition from Ireland’s leading Tour Operators. We are fast becoming recognised as the centre of golfing excellence in Ireland and we will continue to strive to set the high standards for golf course presentation, customer service and outstanding value for money”
The Minster for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin TD, congratulated Lough Erne Resort and said “Golf in Ireland is an extremely important product and the growth of golf has been a unique partnership between Government, public and private enterprise.
"The Government recognises the importance of golf to our tourism industry and through Fáilte Ireland has invested in a golf events strategy for many years with a view to showcasing our product to our key international markets."