Askernish, or the "ghost course" is out in Scotland's Outer Hebrides on the island of South Uist, 7 km northwest of Lochboisdale. It's one of the finest, least played, natural links golf courses in the world. It was originally designed by Old Old Tom Morris in 1891, and went through many years of use and some abandonment, but has recently been restored to its original position under the guidance of Gordon Irvine (Master Greensman) and Martin Ebert (Architect) using entirely traditional design principles.It was cared for over the years by a number of local members and townspeople, until 2005 when an effort was launched to redesign and renovate the golf course to its original state. Environmental experts have already hailed the Askernish as "the most natural links course in the world": the dunes' natural contours form the fairways, no artificial chemicals are used in maintenance, and during winter months sheep and cattle graze the course! It's a short course over rolling links-land covered in marram grass, postage stamp greens, wide open, ranging with spectacular views of the Atlantic coastline. Since it's maintained without much in the way of maintenance or chemicals, it's a little rough and grown over.
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