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).
Open Weekend - MacKenzie & Ebert Stableford
Dry but breezy conditions awaited the players and it took to nearly the last group off to find our winner. Step forward David MacLeod from Stornoway GC who lifts the Quaich with a score of 35pts. Result:
1st - David MacLeod - 35pts
2nd - Matthew Reid - 33pts
3rd - Fraser Nicholson - 33pts
In the Ladies section the prize was lifted by Karen Ravenscroft. Although the scores were tied Karen wins by virtue of having scored one point more on the back 9. Result:
1st Karen Ravenscroft - 30pts
2nd - Marion Downie - 30pts
3rd - Shirley Bell - 30pts
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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