Having played in one of the most remarkable games of my life with Ville at the weekend, I can safely say that Askernish green speeds are not (remotely) the biggest issue impacting playability. I thought that the greens for this year's Askernish Open were bang on the money, given the slopes and borrows. But even when (relatively) light after this year's dry summer, the machair rough only just off the fairways remains a massive hazard, as do the plethora of rabbit burrows in the middle of (e.g.) the 5th and 12th fairways. One of our partners lost nine balls in eighteen holes, which for a ten handicap golfer with lots of seaside experience suggests an unusual degree of difficulty, even allowing for the 3-club wind.