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1891 Old Tom Morris, the world's most famous golfer, lays out an 18-hole links course on the Hebridean isle of South Uist, Scotland.
1891--1921 At the pleasure of Lady Gordon Cathcart, wealthy sportsmen golf in the dunes. The course is maintained by scythe-wielding farmworkers doubling as caddies.
1922 The Scottish Land Settlement Act transfers grazing rights to 11 Askernish crofters. Old Tom's neglected course begins its slow decline.
1932 Cathcart dies. Ownership of the South Uist estate passes to the next of several absentee landlords. Old Tom's course vanishes in the mist, like Brigadoon.
1936 A stretch of the machair north of the ghost course becomes a commercial airstrip. Annual visitor Derek MacMenemy lays out a 12-hole links alongside the grass runway.
1956 Dr. Kenneth Robertson, an avid golfer, drums up enthusiasm for golf. Askernish Golf Club moves into a port-a-cabin clubhouse. Soldiers and construction workers from the up-island missile-testing range flock to the dunes.
1970s Robertson lays out a nine-hole course with 18 tees to replace the MacMenemy 12-holer. Regular competitions are held.
1980s The army base downsizes, and Robertson retires to Edinburgh. Golf participation plummets. Winter storms wreck the clubhouse and its contents.
1990 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED writer John Garrity plays five imaginary holes in the dunes south of the Robertson nine, finishing on a grassy shelf dangling over the beach. He calls his improvised course Askernish Old in the Nov. 18, 1991, issue of SI.
1990s A motion to dissolve the Askernish Golf Club is debated, but a handful of diehards votes nay. Golf staggers on without tee markers, flagsticks or a greenkeeper.