Blog 64 – Guyra

Course no. 64, Guyra, NSW

Unusual, wide open course that hugs Mother Duck lagoon, smallest greens ever

Nomadic_golfer : September 2020

Par 73, 6010m, slope 115, green fee $15

3 par 3s from 123-186m, 11 par 4s from 247-383m, 4 par 5s from 443-488m

Not much to lose at Guyra

At 1300 metres above sea level, the thin air makes about 1 club of difference. The course is a ‘bush’ track of 18 holes hugging Mother Duck lagoon in the centre of Guyra, population 2000. Condition is not its strength with very patchy fairways and small, soft, rough greens. The course is quite long at over 6000 metres with only 3 par 3’s and in the main, is very open and almost dead flat.

There are a number of straight holes with wide fairways, but there are some interesting (and a couple of quirky) little nuggets there. 2 is a quirky hole, 382m with a sharp dogleg left but its at about 250m, difficult to reach. However there is only one tree on the inside of the dogleg so you can cut across inside it. 7 is somewhere between quirky and interesting; 123m with a tree on left of the tee making you hit a draw/ straight tee shot that must also carry 2 other trees 20-30 m short of the green. I like it. The other interesting holes were: 9 (247m par 4, driveable but kinks hard left at the end with OB left also, big risk for reward here); 10 (132m across a dam from a thin slice of land as a tee with large trees on the left forcing a draw to an elevated green with drop off on the right); and 14 (my favourite hole – 469m par 5 with the standard very open tee shot, before turning left over a dam, up the only hill on the course to an elevate green guarded by large trees on the left and OB long right).

Overall, an up-country track that the locals get a lot of fun out of but would be greeted with frowns from those who like something well manicured and/ or strategic..