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Cedar Rapids Country Club

Cedar Rapids, IA Private

Overview

For decades, Cedar Rapids Country Club had the feel of a classic parkland design, with sturdy rough bordering narrow, tightly tree-lined fairways. That began to change in 2014 when veteran architect Ron Prichard and then associate Tyler Rae were hired to renovate the course. Leaning into the tenets of its 1914 Donald Ross design (Ross had remodeled a course Tom Bendelow originally laid out), they thinned the forests, widend fairways and greens and rebunkered significant portions of the course. That got Cedar Rapids partly back to looking like it did 100 years ago. A major derecho--a system of violent, sweeping storms--in 2020 did the rest of the job by clearing out hundreds of remaining trees and damaging other parts of the property. Ultimately it was a benefit, once stiched back together, as holes that were previously buttoned up in dense woods now ramble through lovely portions of meadow and prairie.

About

Holes 18
Length 6873
Slope 141
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1915
Designer Donald J. Ross, ASGCA/(R) Robert Weed, ASGCA

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Best in State: Ranked second, 2019-'20. Ranked third, 2021-'24. Ranked sixth, 2017-'18. Ranked ninth, 2015-'16. Ranked 10th, 2011-'14.

Current ranking: Third.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.3

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.0423
Character
7.1471
Challenge
6.9571
Layout Variety
7.1522
Fun
7.0468
Aesthetics
7.0433
Conditioning
7.0718

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