The course cocoons its golfers as it is virtually devoid of houses, structures, roads and traffic. It has been called one of the prettiest pieces of land in the Midwest. Be forewarned that as is the case with many Ross layouts, beauty is only skin-deep and the course will provide a fair test of golf from every tee. The bucolic 18-hole track has two distinct environs. The front guides players through gently rolling hills, down into an expansive valley anchored by the picturesque Indian Creek, a meandering climb up the valley to the ninth hole adjacent the stately clubhouse.
The back plays downhill back into the valley. Holes 11-17 wind back, forth and over Indian Creek utilizing tee boxes, fairways and greens spiced with a variety of approaches, vegetation and elevations. Finally, you come face to face with a classic Ross finishing hole that plays back up the valley side to a green that some members refer to as a Donald Ross widow maker . . . among other things. Your final putt is drained in an amphitheater framed once again by the classic and stately Cedar Rapids CC clubhouse.