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).
A REMINDER THAT THE AGM TAKES PLACE IN THE CLUBHOUSE THIS FRIDAY (31ST) AT 7PM. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
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.
21/03/17 - NEW SEASON - The 2017 summer season gets underway this Sunday (26/03) with the March Medal. This will be a Strokeplay competition and the action gets underway at 12 noon (remember clocks go forward 1hr on Sat night!). All members welcome.
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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