The History of Guyan Golf and Country Club

The beautiful Guyan Golf and Country Club that you see today is a tribute to the resourcefulness and courage of its members.

Guyan is a club that had to rise from the tragedy of fire on two occasions. In 1932, the old clubhouse, which was the home of John Ensign, was destroyed by fire and never rebuilt. Instead, the Locker House and Golf Pro Shop were enlarged and made into the second clubhouse. This served the membership for more than twenty years.

Then, during the early morning hours of January 23, 1954, fire once again struck with horrible destructiveness. Exemplifying the faith of its founders, Guyan soon rose again. The membership set about the task of erecting a new clubhouse. It was built and opened less than a year and a half later. The speed with which the new building was planned, designed and made a reality stands as a tribute to the character of Guyan's membership.

In 1982, the renovation of Guyan began. A more modern look was given to many areas in the Clubhouse, creating additional dining and cocktail facilities and allowing a new cart and golf club storage area within the main building. The result of these efforts is what you see when you look around you today.

Guyan has a golfing heritage of which we can be proud. The Country Club has played host to some of the country's outstanding golfers. The largest crowd came in 1942 when 4,000 watched an exhibition between Arnold Browning and Denny Shute against Byron Nelson and Harold McSpahen. Arnold Browning was with Guyan for 50 years as caddie master and club maker and then as head golf professional.

The great Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead also appeared here in exhibition matches.

Guyan has hosted the West Virginia State Open on two occasions with Bill Campbell being the winner each time.

Guyan is proud of Bill Campbell's golfing accomplishments.  Bill was the 1964 U.S. Amateur Champion, the 1979 and 1980 USGA Senior Amateur Champion, with Various Master appearances and a long list of other titles including the 1982 and 1983 Presidency of the United States Golf Association.  In 1987, he was named Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, just the third American to hold that post, becoming the first person to head both of golf's main governing bodies.  Guyan is fortunate to have a member of such acclaim.

Guyan is also proud of Patty Berg, Betsy Rawls and Betty MacKinnon, leading professionals on the women's circuit who gave a memorable clinic in 1954.

The USGA Girls' Junior Amateur Championship was hosted here in 1977. The winner was Althea Tome of Hawaii.

Together with the beautiful new facilities and the golfing tradition of our fine club, the future of Guyan Golf and Country Club looks brighter with the dawning of every new day. 

Guyan's Golf Champions

William Campbell

Bill Campbell played in 37 U.S Amateurs and won the West Virginia State Amateur 15 times.  He won three West Virginia State Opens, the North and South Amateur four times and was undefeated in Walker Cup singles competition, holding a 7-0-1 record in the eight matches he played between 1951 and 1975.

Bill Campbell also served as U.S. Golf Association president in 1982-1983 and was the third American nominated to be captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland in 1987. Bill Campbell is the only man to head both of golf’s main bodies – the USGA and The Royal & Ancient.

Campbell’s home course and where he learned the game of golf was Guyan Golf & Country Club. He was a member for 87 years until his passing on August 30, 2013 at age 90. 
 
Mr. Campbell was a very humble, noble and a gentlemen both in life and golf.  Guyan has renamed the entrance and redesigned the logo in his honor.
 

Pat Carter

Pat Carter is a member of the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame, inducted in 2013. Pat was a member of the Thundering Herd golf team from 1986 to 1990.  The West Virginia native captained the Herd as a junior and senior, earning All-Southern Conference honors in 1990.

Pat Carter, one of the top amateur golfers in the nation, is a 13-time West Virginia Amateur Champion, which is two titles away from the record holder - our own Bill Campbell.  Pat has also qualified for the U.S. Amateur 12 times.

Pat was a quarterfinalist in both the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2003 and was selected as the 2001 WestVirginia Amateur Athlette of the Year.  He has also been honored as the W.Va. Golf Association Player of the year 13 times.  Carter was inducted into the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Pat is a member of Guyan Golf and Country Club and  resides in Huntington with his wife Kelli, and their two children, Hogan and Heidi.
 

Jim Ward

Jim Ward, a 1962 Marshall Graduate, was a member of the Thundering Herd golf team from 1960-1962.  He was Co-medalist Mid American Conference Champion in 1962.

Jim Ward was the winner of the WV State Amateur in 1964 and competed in the U.S. Amateur 4 times.

Ward was inducted into the Marshall Hall of Fame and is a member of Guyan Golf & Country Club.  He currently resides in Huntington with his wife Gloria.









 

Steve Fox

Steve Fox, a Graduate of Marshall University, was a two time W.V. State Amateur Champion in 1988 and 1994. Fox was also the W.V. Mid Amateur Champion in 2006.

Fox won the W.V. Four Ball 11 times, W.V. Senior Amateur four times, and has played in four U.S. Amateurs and two U.S. Mid Amateurs.

Steve Fox is currently a member of Guyan Golf and Country Club and has won the Guyan Club Championship 13 times. He resides in Huntington with his wife Cathy and three children, Charlotte, Julie, and Stephanie.