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).
23/04/17 - testing conditions earlier with a constant wind gusting over 20mph and we have a new face in the winners enclosure. Well played to John Coupe who scored 32pts which was enough to see off the rest of the field and lift the trophy.
16/04/17 - The April Medal was played in benign conditions over the links but the players still found scoring difficult. The winner was a familiar face in Ron MacKinnon who posted a Nett 72 (Gross 82) which was good enough to fend off the challengers.
10/04/17 - UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday 16th April - The April Medal will take place and this will be a Strokeplay competition.
Sunday 23rd April - Gaelic Business Club Trophy - this will be Stableford scoring.
Both competitions will commence at 12noon and all members are welcome to enter.
01/04/17 - CHANGES (as Bowie once sang). Since the restoration and opening of the course in 2008 we have relied exclusively on volunteers and a small number of corporate & individual donators (to whom we are eternally grateful) to run and maintain the course/club. In this time the club has continued to operate within its means and whilst it could continue to do so it is clear that successful further development is dependent on a better vehicle for investment and enhanced management arrangements. With this in mind the board has negotiated an agreement with the local community landlord (Storas Uibhist) to take over the management of the course, clubhouse, commercial activity and administration of memberships. We (The Askernish Golf Club) will continue to operate as the home club on the course and run competitions and events under the Rules of Golf. For members there will be very little change to the current procedures and we should, in the short term, see the clubhouse being open more regular hours during the season and some 'on-course' investment. Over time it is hoped that Storas will be able to attract more visitors through the various channels it already has for other sporting activities throughout the islands as well as implementing larger scale works that are required to enhance/improve the unique facility that is the course and associated infrastructure. Finally we would like to place on record our thanks to the retiring Board members Angus, Neil and Ralph for their hard work over the years and during this transition period.
27/03/17 - March Medal - this took place on Sunday in the gloom and the lack of visibility meant a late switch to a Stableford competition. After 18 holes Roddy Steele and Colin Russell were tied on 34 points with Roddy taking the title on count back.
27/03/17 - The new season is up and running and we've already had 2 matches in the 1st Round of the Dr Robertson Matchplay. George Murray defeated James Mitchell 3&2 and Roddy Steele won 1up against Colin Russell. A reminder that this coming Sunday (2nd April) has been set aside for 1st round matches in the fixture list.
20/03/17 - The winter league reached it's climax yesterday after 5 months of golf in which conditions have been relatively kind to us. The League Champion is Derek Cowan who amassed 215pts and well done to him on taking the crown. The eclectic was won by Donald MacInnes with an excellent Nett score of 58.7. Tables showing the final scores are shown below
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.
Click the link below for the review from the Stornoway Gazette
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