Askernish Golf Club is home to “the most natural golf course in the world” (2011 visitor) and has been ranked 86 in GB&I's Top 100 Links Courses 2015.
The course and club has a long and almost mythical history. Old Tom Morris came to South Uist in 1891 to create a course at the request of the wealthy land owner, Lady Cathcart, so that she could impress her high society guests. Old Tom created an 18 hole course that was maintained by the local crofters until the early 1920s when the demand for golf declined and social pressures on the local people meant that maintaining the course was not viable. Over the course of the next 80 years the course that Old Tom created was taken back by the wild. The land was kept as 12 holes, and 9 holes, and 9 holes with 18 tees, and was also used as an airstrip. In 2005 a group of locals decided that they wanted their course back and set to work, with the help of some of the golf industry’s biggest and best names, restoring this ’lost’ course. In 2008 the course was reopened as an 18 hole facility that has received the highest acclaim from golfing media and beyond.
The course begins with a 6 hole loop which includes 2 par 5s. These holes give you a gentle start where undulating greens and large elevation changes provide the challenges to prepare you for the coming 12 holes. When you reach the 7th tee you are greeted by the Atlantic Ocean, views of Barra and you are presented with golf holes that run through some of the most brilliant dune systems in golf.
If you wish to experience a true links course and a wonderful golfing experience then Askernish is for you, the two videos below convince you of that, in the first Golfing World look into the history and rediscovery of Askernish and the second is a guided tour around Askernish with Colin Dalgleish and Perry Golf as they discuss the features of the course.
A poem that has been sent in to the club by Billy Collins ( former USA poet laureate).
12/10/16 - with the summer season now officially over (although conditions defy that) the beasts will soon be back on the course and we turn our attention to the winter league/eclectic. If any members haven't entered and wish to do so please get in touch via e-mail/Facebook as this gets underway on Saturday. It can be played at your own pace if you wish but requires a bit of commitment over the next 5 months. Updates will be posted here on progress.
09/10/16 - Medal Winners Trophy - In reasonable conditions the best of the bunch made heavy weather of it and it was Lawrence Walker who triumphed with a score of 31pts. Having held the lead most of the way he was pegged back just after the turn but no-one could surpass him and he sealed the deal with a 4 at the 18th.
Lawrence Walker - 31pts
Ron Mackinnon - 27pts
Colin Russell - 26pts
Allan L MacDonald - 25pts
Donald MacInnes - 24pts
02/10/16 - October Medal - Allan Louis MacDonald claims another prize as he bags the final medal of the season with a score of 30pts. The strong wind exacerbated any errant shots and keeping it on the short stuff was key today. However for some that wasn't enough as missed putts proved costly.
Allan L MacDonald - 30pts
Colin Russell - 29pts
Donald MacInnes - 28pts
Ron Mackinnon - 26pts
Ralph Thompson - 25pts
Mark Reid - 24pts
Andrew MacDonald - 23pts
John Coupe - 20pts
Lawrence Walker - 18pts
18/09/16 - With the help of a new driver Ron Mackinnon proves the old theory right that if you find the fairway you won't be far away as he plays some very solid golf to post a Nett 68 and claim the Bandon Dunes Cup for the second year in a row. A small field enjoyed some decent conditions in our final Strokeplay competition of the year but no-one could get close to Ron.
Ron Mackinnon - 68
Colin Russell - 74
Allan L MacDonald - 78
John Coupe - 82
Derek Cowan - N/R
Mark Reid - N/R
14/09/16 - The Clubhouse/Cafe is now CLOSED for the season. However the course is very much OPEN for play and visitors are kindly asked to use the honesty box for Green Fees.
06/09/16 - OPEN WEEKEND SCORES - If any non-members wish to check the full list of scores then click 'Member Login' below. Follow the relevant link- Enter Member No. 1300 and password GOLF. Then go to Handicaps and then Results and select the relevant competition. Hurry though as this facility won't be around forever.
Open Weekend - a thoroughly enjoyable and successful weekend thanks to the competitors, the greenkeepers, the clubhouse staff and of course the Uist weather. For results head to 'The Askernish Open' link below. For more in depth reports & photos head to our Facebook page - Askernish Golf Club. We have some gremlins at present but we hope to provide a facility in the next few days which will let you check a full list of the scores - keep checking back here.
Click the link below for the review from the Stornoway Gazette
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