Hole number 16—The green, seen here, sits atop a steep hill.
But don’t let the hole’s 300-yard length fool you. It is no push-over. Here’s how Alexander Findlay, the course’s designer, instructed golfers to play 16: A drive over the creek and a nice iron shot will land on the green, which is up a nice gradual sloping hill nicely trapped on all sides. If in match play, one wins by 3 and 2, one simply struts through the woods to the club house, which is less than 50 yards away from the green. The 16th is an easy par 4.
If the tree on the left side of the fairway was in place when Findlay wrote his commentary, it was certainly not tall enough to block shots to the green as it is today. Number 16 is an easy par 4 only if you place your tee shot on the right side of the fairway.
Go here to read Findlay’s hole-by-hole description of RCC.