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£2m revamp planned for Lough Erne golf resort

By Rachel Martin

Published 21/06/2016

Course designer: Sir Nick Faldo
Course designer: Sir Nick Faldo

Bosses at the Fermanagh resort which hosted the G8 but missed out on the 2017 Irish Open have announced that the Lough Erne Resort will undergo a huge expansion plan.

The three-year scheme, valued at over £2m, is now under way and includes plans for a swimming pool and games room, as well as the refurbishment of the hotel's bedrooms and bar.

There will also be further development of the championship links golf course designed by golfing legend Sir Nick Faldo.

The programme marks the first major announcement from the resort since its purchase by an American investment group led by TRU Hotels and Resorts.

The hotel investment and management company was founded by veteran hoteliers Jeff Mahan and Mark Ward and also runs hotels in Georgia, New Mexico, Texas, Florida and Romania.

The resort opened in 2007 amid fanfare but was placed in administration in 2011.

In 2013 the hotel hosted the G8 summit which saw some of the world's most powerful leaders stay in its rooms.

It was snapped up by the group in 2014 for just over a sixth of its once £30m value.

However, a major blow came in April when the European Tour announced that the resort would not host the 2017 Irish Open as initially planned.

Today the hotel employs more than 200 people and features two 18-hole golf courses, a Thai spa, golf village holiday homes and a golf academy within its site on a 600-acre peninsula overlooking the Fermanagh Lakelands.

The hotel's new management team say they are "committed to strengthening tourism offering" at the luxury destination.

Newly appointed general manager William Kirby joins Lough Erne having previously worked at the five-star Lyrath House and Mount Juliet Hotel. He said: "One of our main priorities is to develop the unrivalled high standards we are famous for.

"Our successes will raise the profile not only of Lough Erne Resort, but of the entire county, and we look forward to continued strong relationships with local patrons and businesses."

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