Askernish Golf Club is home to “the most natural golf course in the world” (2011 visitor).
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 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, including BBC 2’s Coast.
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. The 8th hole is a short par 4 that is easily reachable in one for the big hitters but is guarded by steep drop offs to the right of the entire hole and the back of the green so being brave is essential if you wish to achieve an eagle or tap in birdie. If you wish to experience a true links course and a wonderful golfing experience then Askernish is for you.
Take a guided tour around the Askernish Golf Club with Colin Dalgleish and Perry Golf as they discuss the features of this links course.
The Askernish Open Weekend is the flagship event of the Club’s annual golfing calendar. The event opened in 2008, which was attended by Kenny Dalglish, since then the event has grown into a 3 day tournament and in 2013 saw 136 players in attendance. Places for 2014 should be booked early as the event sells out very quickly.
Travel by aeroplane from Glasgow and reach South Uist within one hour of take-off! Alternatively, vehicle owners can drive through to Oban or Skye and take the Caledonian MacBrayne car and passenger ferry service direct to South Uist.
The Isle Of South Uist, part of the Western Isles and located just south of Benbecula, is nothing short of breathtaking presenting stunning scenery, natural and historic landscape, unrivalled outdoor access and diverse wildlife.
Read some of the fantastic comments and feedback received about this wonderful course from players and visitors.
The R&A funded Student Sustainability Project hosted by Askernish welcomes 8 of the best greenkeeping students in the country from Elmwood College and Myerscough College. The students receive tutorials, workshops and practical activities on how to build and maintain a golf course in a sustainable way. These students hold the key to unlocking sustainable practices in the industry.
Askernish GC host a range of coaching opportunities for local residents, members, non members and visitors.
During the summer months coaching takes place on our outdoor driving range and short game area while during the dark winter months you can make use of the facilities of our three bay indoor driving range. Over the coming months we will bring further improvements in the practice facilities to include video recording and playback facilities.
See Askernish in all its glory, with a detailed hole by hole guide of the golf course.
Length: 6,259 yards
Price: £25 (Winter rate)
Condition: Following the record winter rainfall some holes are affected by flooding particularly holes 1 - 5. The course is still playable with only the 2nd hole using a temporary green. The flooding has made access to some holes more difficult particularly the 15th and 16th with significant detours required around the flooded dune slack areas.
Flora on show: Not until spring
Fauna on show: Otters, Lapwings, Snipe, Dunlin, Buzzard
I would like to welcome you to Askernish Golf Course and look forward to a fantastic and eventful year ahead.
We hope to see you in 2014 and look forward to welcoming you to Askernish, whether as a casual golfer or as a competitor in one of our competitions.
All the very best.
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