When the Robert Trent Jones II design team was deciding how it wanted to reroute the back nine, it looked closely at the corner of Nos. 14-16. One of the main goals of the renovation was to reduce doglegs. Several solutions were considered for the sharp dogleg-left 14th hole, including playing it straight to the 16th tee box. The new 15th green would then be perched on the other side of the ravine, and the new 16th tee would be behind the old 14th green, and play straight away.
“It was a cool routing, but we did an analysis,” said Bruce Charlton, president of RTJ II. “It’s kind of a shot-value cost-benefit analysis. Huge gain on No. 14, and we thought on No. 15 we could do something cool. But there was no question in my mind that No. 16 was not going to be as good of a tee shot as it is now.”
No one wanted to lose the demanding tee shot on the 447-yard No. 16, so it is here to stay. The hole will keep the same routing – a dogleg right that bends around the corner – but the green complex won’t be as extreme. Below is a view of the old green complex, which was well protected by bunkers and mounding