Friday, 2 September 2011

On Course for Profit

The Askernish Golf Course on South Uist has had a successful time during August, when its Open Championship attracted both players and spectators. The Stornoway Gazette provides the current news, while the history of the course goes back 120 years to the time when Old Tom Morris (1821-1908), the St Andrew's professional, greenkeeper and course-designer pictured below, created this course from the machair. It fell into disrepair, part of it was levelled in the 1930s to create an airstrip and then it re-opened as a 12-hole course. Its first major revival was in the 1970s as a nine-hole course, but in 206 a new project started and within two years it was transformed or rather reformed close to its original routing. These 18-holes have, according to reports, brought in £18,000 to the local economy during last month alone.

Scottish Islands Explorer - on course to assist local economies

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