Situated on the site of the old gun club, the No.8 course at the Pinehurst Resort is a Tom Fazio creation from 1996 (the year that Pinehurst celebrated its centenary) with fairways routed around a number of wetland areas.
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Number 8 is a Fazio design and was commissioned to honor the Pinehurst centennial. The first hole is welcoming. A downhill par 4, favor the right side off the tee. The par 5 2nd is reachable in two if you hit two super shots and have nerves of steel. For the rest of us, favor the left side off the tee. The holes layout is somewhat serpentine and narrows and then widens for your 2nd shot landing area. The well-protected green is a bit tricky and predominantly right to left. The3rd hole plays much tougher than the card would suggest, or at least for us. An uphill par 4, favor the right off the tee to avoid the bunkers left. It is significantly uphill on your approach, long is better. I spent way too much quality time trying to hack it out of the front right green side bunker. This green has a very discernible ridge running front to back. Play your approach accordingly. The 4th is a good hole. Slight downhill dogleg left. Your tee shot should be played over the waste bunker on the left side. The green is sloped back to front, so it receives approach shots very well. The 5th is a cute little par 3 with the only real trouble a bunker in front. However, this is a tricky little green with the dominant roll right to left. The par 5 6th is the number one handicap hole and it makes no sense to me. Slightly uphill and relatively straight away and not reachable, three decent golf shots will have you putting for birdie on a green with a significant right to left slope. The short downhill 7th is an excellent birdie oppty. A well struck drive will leave you with less than a flip wedge with the only downside being a downhill lie. The 8th is a long tough par 3. Right is dead between the gunch ravine and a deep greenside bunker. The dogleg right par 4 9th plays tougher than it looks. Cut the corner on the right side over the waste area. The green area is complex. Miss right and it will roll into a collection area, left and it will roll out hard left.
The backside starts with a downhill par 4, favor the right side off the tee. The par 5 11th is pretty straight forward. Not reachable, but 3 good shots will have you birdie seeking. Beware of the large deep bunker right. The short par 4 12th is a dogleg right and is really a gimme hole. Unless, you are brain dead and try to drive it. My advice, find the fairway with your favorite approach yardage. The par 4 13th is a super hole. A hard dogleg left with carry over water. I would suggest aiming at the 150 yard marker off of the tee box. The 16th looks innocuous on the card, looks can be deceiving. Favor the left off the tee and be mindful on the approach. This green is one of the toughest on the course. The par 5 17th is definitely reachable and based upon my experience 3 puttable. The long uphill par 4 18th is a tough finishing hole. The contour will have your ball rolling left so favor the right side off the tee. This will leave you with a long approach to a well guarded green.
Good but not great, I would not pay to play it again