An historic Old Tom Morris design that has been charmingly revived in recent years, the history of Askernish golf course is entertaining in its own right. The course however, does not disappoint. It began life in 1891 when Old Tom travelled to South Uist and his work was maintained by local farm workers using scythes. They doubled up as caddies for visiting gentry. The course runs parallel to the Scottish island’s coastline and follows an anti-clockwise path from start to finish. Quite simply, it is a must-visit.
The refurbished course was opened in August 2008 by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and is a par 72, 6,164-yard links. Old Tom Morris’ layout is a stunning course now in fantastic condition which runs parallel to the coastline. The dunes’ natural contours form the fairways and during winter months sheep and cattle graze the course.
The 4th, Flora, is just 324 yards but can drive you mad. An accurate drive from a raised tee to a tight fairway is required as thick rough borders the hole on both sides. A difficult approach shot is then required over a large hollow to a small green which is bordered on three sides by large craters. A par on this hole will long be boasted about.
The par-4 5th, Marloch, offers a stunning view from the tee placed on top of a 30 ft sand dune at the most northern part of the course. A wide fairway awaits your drive and leaves you with an exciting approach shot to a huge green on an upward slope.