The course at Guyan Golf & Country Club is a Herbert Strong layout dating back to 1922. Measuring 6,523 yards from the championship tees, it plays to a par of 71, with tree-lined fairways laid out on rolling terrain. Water comes into play on the 378-yard 13th, where a sizeable pond guards the front of the sand-protected green, also a creek meanders down the left side of #14 and it must be avoided again at the par three 15th.
The toughest hole on the card arrives early in the round at the 444-yard 2nd, with a narrow fairway leading uphill to a false-fronted, two-tiered green. On the back nine, the 561-yard 11th lies parallel to the interstate highway that runs beyond the trees bounding the right side of the fairway, with four bunkers to avoid greenside.
Guyan was the home club for one of the greatest amateurs to ever play the game, Bill Campbell, who was US Amateur champion in 1964 and winner of the US Senior Amateur title in 1979 and 1980. He also played on eight Walker Cup teams between 1951 and 1975 and took part in 19 editions of the Masters Tournament. Bill was president of the USGA in 1982/83 then the R&A honoured him with captaincy of their club in 1987.
The club has hosted a number of prestigious regional events down the years but the tournament that stands out from all the others is the US Girls’ Junior championship in 1977, when Althea Tome from Hawaii defeated Melissa McGeorge from Colorado 3&2 in the final.
As a disclaimer, I am a member at Guyan. You'll find challenge and opportunity throughout the Guyan course. Ball strikers and shot shapers alike will find holes that give them both fits and wins. Only the seriously longest hitters can find the par 5's in 2 from the back tees. The par 4's are a mix of tight tee shots and considerable thought off the tee. All the way around, you're going to want to have your short game honed in for some historically speedy greens and some sloped greens that challenge the deft touch. The club itself is great and you'll love your time there.