What we say
This course on the Isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides was originally laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1891 and the resulting natural links was enjoyed by men from the local professions, with farm workers acting as caddies as well as greenkeepers.
The course fell into decline in the 1920s though and some of it was used as an airstrip. There was a brief renaissance in the 1930s when a 12-hole course was devised north of the original one, but it was not until Dr Kenneth Robertson arrived on the island in 1956 that there was real interest in it.
By the 1970s the new course was in superb condition and the membership was at its most healthy. However Dr Robertson’s departure from South Uist in 1982 saw the club decline once again, kept open in the following two decades only by a few determined members. In 2002, retired policeman Colin MacGregor arrived in Uist and threw himself into returning the course to its former glory. Three years later Gordon Irvine, the golf course consultant who helped refurbish Royal Cinque Ports, visited Askernish and was fascinated with what he saw. The following March he returned with course designer Martin Ebert and plans were drawn up to restore the original layout.
By August 2008, Old Tom’s layout was fully revived and was opened by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. It is a stunning, historic course, now in fantastic condition which runs parallel to the coastline. The dunes’ natural contours form the fairways, no artificial chemicals are used in maintenance, and in the winter sheep and cattle graze the course. Wonderful.
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- Address Askernish, Isle Of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, , Askernish
- Tel 07900 387167
- Website www.askernishgolfclub.com
|Green Fees||£35 day, £25 (October to April)|
|Course Length||6,259 yards (5,723 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course does not have: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course has: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course has: Handicap
I'm not sure who coined this name but it may have been John Garrity of Sports Illustrated. Anyway, he was right.....! This is by far the purest links golf experience in Scotland and perhaps the UK. Askernish was laid out by Tom Morris in 1891 but disappeared shortly after WWI due to the economy and it's remote locations. Reopened in 2008 to much fanfare, it has matured greatly in these few years and is now experiencing a steadily increasing flow of golfers anxious to check this 'bucket' course off their list. The highlight of the Askernish season is their annual Open Championship held each August. Last year's entry of 137 golfers was almost too much to handle and future Opens will be restricted to 124, so get your entry in early........!