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).
STOP PRESS - Online booking is now open for the 2017 Askernish Open weekend which will be held on 25/26/27th August. Follow the link below ('The Askernish Open') for more details.
21/11/16 - Winter League Update. Over a month gone now and the scores are flying in as players try and take advantage of the conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click the link below for the review from the Stornoway Gazette
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