I have a love affair with this course! I first played it two years ago and somewhere on the back nine, I turned to the club president (who I was playing with) and commited to becoming an International Life Member. As a course, it is both extraordinary and unique. It is EXTRAORDINARY because of the history of Lady Cathcart having retained Old Tom Morris to make the arduous journey to The Outer Hebrides in 1891 to lay out the course, only to have it disappear just after World War I due to lack of support. It is UNIQUE because it has been recreated in the same style and manner as the orginal with fairways that are rough and ready and greens that are a mere extension of the fairways and run at around a 6 on the Stemp. It is golf as Old Tom intended it and the pledge of the gang at Askernish is to keep it that way. The course has garnered support from all over the world from renowned architect Martin Ebert undertaking the recreation for the sum of 9 Quid (the same fee Tom Morris charged) to the financial support provided by the likes of Mike Keiser (Bandon Dunes) and the late Gordon Stollery (Angus Glen & Goodwood) to the editorial support of John Garrity (Sports Illustrated) who rates Askernish as Number One on his Top 50 list. Professional golfers who have played the couse are unanimous in their praise and effusive with comments such as "a living museum to the genius of Old Tom", "the best example of true links golf" and "the Holy Grail of links golf".
It's not diffucult to reach as there is a direct flight twice a day connecting Glasgow with Benbecula and then a 20 minute drive to the course. For Canadians, such as myself, the AirTransat overnight flight lands in Glasgow around 8:00 am and the connection to Benbecula departs at 10:00 am. Within 10 minutes of Askernish are three delightful country inns offering to sort of warm hospitality that has gone missing in this era of modern travel.
Askernish should be on the 'bucket list' of all serious golfers around the world....!
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