Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waterways Ireland World Corporate Golf Challenge

One of the things I love about these big ‘international’ style events is that they always take place on top tier courses. Why create a splash if you can’t do it in the biggest pond. The Waterways Ireland World Corporate Golf Challenge is certainly set to make a splash as it arrives at Lough Erne on Tuesday 25th September. The Faldo Course at Lough Erne has water on a dozen holes, so those participating are likely to be visiting the wet stuff at some point.

[Photo: Some of the ‘wet stuff’ around the 7th green]

This ‘Challenge’ is designed for businesses large and small and it is the Irish qualifier for the World Corporate Golf Challenge. The winners will head off on an all-expenses paid trip (flights, golf, all WCGC official functions) to represent Ireland at the 2013 World Final, making it one attractive proposition if your golf is on song at the moment.

Teams enter as pairs, so if you want to impress a supplier, reward a valued customer or suck up to the boss why not enter and enjoy one of Ireland’s best parkland courses. Set in County Fermanagh and promising a five star resort, the event offers plenty of ‘extras’ for its Stg £220 per team (N.B. accommodation is not included). 

 [Photo: The par three 3rd hole, in the woods]

A Bird’s Eye View
On Monday 24th September, the event kicks off with an opening ceremony and drinks reception on “Kestrel”, a boat which will be moored on Lough Erne Resort’s jetty.

On the 25th, the day promises breakfast on arrival, buffet lunch, a gift bag and a range of water-based activities (it is sponsored by Waterways Ireland after all!) on Lough Erne throughout the day… not forgetting the 18 hole competition.

[Photo: The approach to the short par four 10th, on what Lough Erne considers its Signature Hole]

The golf course plays through glorious woodland and then out to the lake as it stretches across a private 600-acre peninsula between Lower Lough Erne & Castle Hume Lough. It has a lazy pace, wild and untouched rough, and sleek greens. It is thrilling and, despite the water, this is one relaxing round of golf that every level of golfer can enjoy. It makes it the perfect venue for such an event…

20 Countries
… an event which takes place in more than 20 countries worldwide. To date, over 1 million golfers have taken part since the inception of the Waterways Ireland World Corporate Golf Challenge in 1993. Now that the qualifier is taking place at Lough Erne, there are plenty of reasons to participate.

[Photo: The nerve-wracking tee shot on the par four 17th, with the resort behind]

Lough Erne was voted Golf Resort of the Year (Irish Golf Tour Operators Association 2010) and Northern Ireland’s Hotel of the Year (Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2011), so go the extra mile and spend the night on Monday 24th.

These events are always great fun, and very competitive! Representing not only your company but potentially also your country adds an extra dimension to the day. We’re looking forward to a big turn out and an exciting tournament for the Waterways Ireland World Corporate Golf Challenge,” says Lynn McCool, Director of Golf and Head Professional at Lough Erne Resort.

For further information or to enter, please contact the Golf Shop at Lough Erne on 028 6634 5766 or e-mail or contact Director of Golf & Head Professional Lynn McCool on

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