Askernish despite its isolated location is well worth a trip to the wild and rugged island of South Uist, probably the most natural links course you’re every likely to play. I played in mid September on windy but dry day, untypical Uist weather given you’re normally guaranteed a soaking at some point. The first 5 holes are fairly mundane but from 6 onwards it moves into the dunes and begins a sensational stretch until it slows down on the 16th as you return to the club house. My personal favourites were holes 7 & 11. The 11th is one of the best par 3’s you’ll ever likely to play, requiring a 185 yard carry over a deep gully to the top of another dune into the prevailing wind, I needed to hit driver to make it and thankfully still managed a par with an audience of grey seals watching from the shallows on the beach below. Don’t come expect perfectly mown fairways or manicured greens, despite that they still rolled reasonably fast and true. The only negative points were the rabbit problem which blights almost every hole, the club needs to fix it before the course is damaged further, it would also benefit from some yardage marker posts, my golf course app didn’t have the course mapped so bring your rangefinder!
Date: September 21, 2018