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“Old Tom Morris Gem”

Askernish Golf Club
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Owner description: Askernish Golf Course is set on the Isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The course was lost for over 70 years before Master Greenkeeper Gordon Irvine accidentally stumbled across it on a fishing trip. It was discovered that this course dated back to 1891 and it was 'old' Tom Morris who designed it. In 2008 the course was re-opened in almost exactly the same set up as it was 117 years ago. At 6,259 yards the course can often be taken for granted, this should be done at your own risk as the last 12 holes has some of the best links golf holes around. If you get a chance, come along and play the course on a Sunday afternoon where you will be invited to play in the weekly competition between the local members. It will be a round and golfing experience never to be forgotten.
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“Old Tom Morris Gem”
Reviewed August 2, 2011

For all those who have played St Andrews Old Course, this is a very different course based on his design. Originally laid out by the legendary golfer and course designer, the course was abandoned in the 1920s but resurrected and reopened in 2008 using the same lands but basing the design on his style of layout.
The result is a challenging dues course featuring the machair terrain which strangles any balls missing the fairways. I played in 30 mph winds which added to the challenge (that's my excuse for shooting 98 (I shot 88 on the Old Course a few days later)). The course is quite undulating yet quite walkable (no power carts available). After the first three holes which are quite pedestrian, the next two lead you to the top of the dunes to start a stretch of holes providing magnificent views over the white beaches to the distant islands. The flowers of the machair frame gorgeous holes that will play differently every day based on weather conditions and familiarity with the course.
This is great old-time golf and, at 35 pounds, a fabulous value as well (and I had no need to book my round 6 months in advance or enter any ballots).
The clubhouse is very basic (no real food, portable toilets etc) but the staff were immensely friendly and welcoming and the fellow golfers I met, regular locals, loved the course for the wonder that it is.
www.askernishgolfclub.com
It's quite a trip to get to Askernish but worth every step.

Visited July 2011
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