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).
Next Competition - Sunday 24th July - Following last weeks postponement due to adverse weather the Transair Cup will be played this coming Sunday (24/07). This will be a Stableford format. Tee-time 12noon - all members welcome.
It's now only 5 weeks to go the famous Askernish Open weekend. Places are disappearing quicker than balls are in the rough so if you haven't already done so we would advise that you enter by following the links on the website.
Sunday 10th July saw us host a visiting team from Royal Melbourne GC, Australia. Unfortunately the weather didn't totally play ball but a fun days golf was had by all. We would like to thank the guys from down under for making the effort to visit us on their golf tour of Scotland and they were a credit to their club. For the record Askernish won 4-0 but I'm sure a lot of that came down to local knowledge and the guests will know better when they have another crack at the course on Monday.
The Clubhouse/Cafe/Shop is now open for the season and will be open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. Come along and enjoy home baking, light snacks and hot & cold beverages. Free WiFi is also available.
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