David Owen has just returned from a trip to Askernish, a golf course which went straight to my bucket list when I read of its history and restoration. It was some time back; 5-6 years ago when I read of how; and this is how I remember the story with a wee bit of embellishment on my part, a bunch heiland laddies came across a bit o' land that appeared to have been, once upon a time, a golf course.
The fact that it was later learned to have been designed by Old Tom Morris made it a must visit and that since the love of my golfing life, The Machrie, Isle of Islay is almost as remote, Askernish became a must go to for me.
David Owen explains, "The original course at Askernish was laid out in 1891 by Old Tom Morris. At some point, probably during the Second World War, most of Morris’s holes were abandoned, and until roughly a decade ago they were essentially forgotten."
Any golf course that Old Tom worked on is also a must go to golf course for those with a passion for golf course architecture and so it cams as no surprise to read that Mike Keiser, the founder of Bandon Dunes was there as was Tom Doak the architect for Cape Kidnappers and many other excellent golf courses.
As to the course, David writes, "The initial six holes at Askernish can cause one to question what the fuss is all about. They are certainly quite nice, but nothing unusual or special. However, the WOW factor kicks in as you climb the dunes from sixth green to seventh tee and you stand there gazing out over the Atlantic Ocean. I thought I had died and gone to heaven, but I wasn’t about to allow that to happen, at least until I finished my round!"
Here's the link to David
Quote of the Day
"And here’s the sixteenth, Old Tom’s Pulpit, which is one of my favorite holes anywhere."
- David Owen,
You really must click on the link above and scroll down to see the impressive view.