Egypt Valley Course Preview May 5, 2010 By David Shefter

The 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur will be the first USGA event for Egypt Valley, although the Ada, Mich., club did host a Champions Tour event from 1994-2004. (Kirk H. Owens/USGA)

Egypt Valley Country Club, Ada, Mich.
Yardage: 7,111 yards
Par: 36-36—72
2009 champion: Jordan Spieth
Opened: 1990
Designer: Arthur Hills 

USGA championships: This will be the first USGA championship conducted at the club and the fourth U.S. Junior Amateur held in the state. The last Junior Amateur conducted in Michigan was 1980 at Pine Lake C.C. in Orchard Lake and won by Eric Johnson. The inaugural U.S. Junior in 1948 at the University of Michigan Golf Club in Ann Arbor.

Previous events at Egypt Valley: The club hosted a Champions Tour event from 1994-2004 and it also has been the site for the Michigan Amateur for both men and women.

Championship notes: Egypt Valley features a pair of 18-hole layouts and for the U.S. Junior Amateur, both the Ridge and Valley courses will be utilized. Holes one through nine will be the inward nine of the Ridge and holes 10 through 18 will be the inward nine of the Valley. It’s the same routing the Champions Tour used when its tournament was held at the club.

Course notes: The two courses meander through some majestic forests, ponds and natural wetlands, where plenty of wildlife abounds. Natural wild flowers and heather add to the challenge and beauty of the layout.