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 - The next competition is the October Medal which will be held on Sunday 2nd October. This is our final medal of the year and the last chance (for those who haven't already done so) to qualify for our new Medal Winners Trophy Competition. As usual this will be a Stableford competition with a 12 noon tee-off. Be at clubhouse for 1145 registration - all members welcome.
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.
Sun 04/09 - Allan Louis MacDonald makes it a quickfire double as he bags his second competition in as many days. He managed to shake off the post Open rustiness better than the rest as he posted a superb back 9 to overtake quite a few players and claim the prize.
Allan showing off his weekend haul
Sat 03/09 - Dr Robertson Trophy - FINAL
Allan L MacDonald bt Lawrence Walker 4&2
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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