Ten years ago we started with Leadingcourses.com to identify golf courses throughout the world that were worth playing, but nobody really knew. Everyone nowadays knows the most famous golf courses when heading somewhere (like St. Andrews or Gleneagles in Scotland, Old Head and the European in Ireland, Monte Rei in Portugal, Valderrama in Spain and so forth). But, discovering hidden gems in the neighbourhood of such famous courses or finding courses that are really something special is what really makes our heart tick!
A lost course for 100 years
You probably never heard of Askernish Golf Club and that’s no shame at all. The course was actually really forgotten for almost 100 years. Its location? On one of the most remote islands of Scotland, the Isle of South Uist. On our site this course is located in the Perth and Kinross region. Getting to the Isle of South Uist is a hassle, but it is worth every penny and minute of your time. This is a genuine golf adventure.
The Askernish course and club has a long and mythical history. Old Tom Morris came to South Uist in 1891 to create a golf 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 they stopped maintaining the course. After that period the course that Old Tom created was slowly taken back by the wild.
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 reopened as an 18 hole facility that has received the highest acclaim from golfing media and beyond. Askernish Golf Club is certainly one of the courses in the world which is absolutely untouched, almost exactly as Old Tom Morris left it and also the most natural golf course in the world. They only use what is available to maintain the course and leave rabbit holes and such.
What do golfers think of Askernish?
Although this Scottish golf course is unknown to most golfers, still two golfers have visited and reviewed the remote golf course of Askernish on Leadingcourses.com. Both of them rave about the breathtaking views, the layout, a real links experience. Erlend – one of our gold members who reviewed more than 200 golf courses – compares it with the Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club. He says to ‘take a couple of days, because you will want to play this course again and again.’
Also check out this great video of Erik Anders Lang (Skratch TV) about Askernish Golf Club. If you do not know him, Erik makes great and entertaining videos about weird and funny golf courses throughout the world. We love his work!
How to get to Askernish Golf Club?
To travel to the Isle of South Uist there are two options: you can take the ferry or you can take a plane.
The ferry to and from the mainland departs from Oban in Argyll and goes to Lochboisdale at the Isle of South Uist. You can take the direct ferry or go via Castlebay in Barra. For timetable details, or to make a booking, look at www.calmac.co.uk or phone 0800 066 5400.
If you decide to fly, then Benbecula airport is the most obvious choice. There is a causeway from Berneray to North Uist in the north, and a series of causeways linking North Uist to Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay to the south. You can also fly to the Isle of Barra and take a boat, but why do that? Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, provides you with the greatest number of flight options to/from the isles with over 50 years’ experience. Loganair also includes complimentary luggage allowance & on board service as standard.
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Photo credits: Askernish Golf Club