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).
05/02/17 - Fortunately the worst of the showers avoided us as another round of winter league action took place this afternoon. Scoring was very consistent amongst the players and with 6 weeks to go Colin Russell has a 2 point lead in the league over Derek Cowan. However Colin has exhausted his chances and with one round to play Derek is well set. John Coupe also still has a great chance of gatecrashing the party with 4 rounds left in the bank. The eclectic now looks a foregone conclusion as Donald MacInnes has finished and posted a superb Nett 58.7.
22/01/17 - A near perfect day for winter golf saw the league resume in ernest as 10 players took to the course. With time starting to run out (competition ends 19th March) players are trying to make a late push for prizes.
League Standings (best 6 scores from 10 rounds)
1st Derek Cowan - 207pts
2nd A L MacDonald and John Coupe 199pts
1st Donald MacInnes 59.7
2nd A L MacDonald and Colin Russell 61.7
15/01/17 - With the New Year now well underway it won't be long until the 2017 summer season commences. Memberships are still invited and should you be interested in joining then head to the 'Fees & Membership' section for more details. A reminder also that booking is open for this years Askernish Open and the spaces are starting to be filled.
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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