No. 8 A Private-Club Experience

Building a new course grand enough to celebrate Pinehurst’s first 100 years might intimidate some architects, but Tom Fazio took on the assignment with gusto. No. 8 – which opened in 1996 – combines classical Donald Ross concepts (like dips and swales around the greens and false fronts) with the whimsical snarls that have become Fazio’s calling card. Fazio took full advantage of the 420 acres of rolling terrain and natural wetlands to fashion a course that’s visually enthralling, challenging and yet fun to play; it’s a nod to No. 2, but hardly a replication. Some feel that No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout better than any of the other courses, and many mid- and higher-handicappers find it the most enjoyable track to play. The greens here are larger than on No. 2 – and the roll-offs and collection areas not quite as severe – though with their sloping edges, you shouldn’t get complacent on your approach shots. Close proximity of greens to subsequent tees and beautiful scenery make No. 8 a pleasure to walk, but it’s no stroll in the park. This championship track has twice been home to the PGA Club Pro Championship. Just a short drive or shuttle ride away from the main club, the Pinehurst Spirit is quite alive at No. 8.

Fun golf is Pinehurst. Fun golf is playing links golf. Fun golf is learning to how to maneuver the ball on the ground and give yourself options. One of the hardest up-and-downs is when you have options.

- Tiger Woods

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Course Overview

Hole Par Gold Blue White Green Red
1 4 361 338 321 305 284
2 5 559 532 502 492 425
3 4 386 377 357 336 297
4 4 464 438 406 380 344
5 3 149 138 116 100 96
6 5 604 584 565 453 450
7 4 370 346 323 314 271
8 3 238 201 177 151 83
9 4 441 418 395 335 331
10 4 441 415 387 356 337
11 5 579 574 547 508 432
12 4 358 328 320 287 279
13 3 209 184 165 135 128
14 4 402 363 363 349 308
15 3 184 166 145 139 125
16 4 400 381 332 311 288
17 5 500 489 464 459 402
18 4 447 426 417 395 297
Total 72 7092 6698 6302 5805 5177
Course Illustration for Pinehurst No. 8

No. 8

Landscaping
  • Tees

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Fairways

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Rough

    Certified Tifway 419 Bermuda

  • Greens

    Champion Ultradwarf

Characteristics
  • Total acres of turf: 83
  • Total acres of fairways: 31
  • Total acres of rough: 45
  • Total square footage of greens: 148,841 sq ft
  • Total number of sand bunkers: 58
  • Total acres of waste areas: 8
  • Total acreage of lakes: 10

Hole-by-Hole Walkthrough

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 1
Yardage
  • Gold 361
  • Blue 338
  • White 321
  • Green 305
  • Red 284

The 1st Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 11/15

A well-struck tee shot to the right center of this fairway is a good start to this opening hole. The large green slopes from front-to-back. A ridge that runs from front-to-back divides the green into left and right sections.

No. 8 Hole #1

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 2
Yardage
  • Gold 559
  • Blue 532
  • White 502
  • Green 492
  • Red 425

The 2nd Hole

on No. 8

Par 5 | HCP 7/9

This optimum drive on this par 5 is down the left center of the fairway. If reaching this green in two is not an option, the second shot should be played to the center of the fairway to allow for a flat lie. The front plateau of this green hides the undulation in the center of thisgreen. The predominant slope of this green is from right-to-left.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 3
Yardage
  • Gold 386
  • Blue 377
  • White 357
  • Green 336
  • Red 297

The 3rd Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 9/11

The ideal tee shot on this dramatic par 4 should favor the right center of the fairway. Distance control is imperative on this uphill approach and will require one more club. Any shots coming up short will collect below the putting surface. This green is bisected by a ridge that runs from front-to-back, causing the green to slope left and right from the middle.

 

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 4
Yardage
  • Gold 464
  • Blue 438
  • White 406
  • Green 380
  • Red 344

The 4th Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 1/5

The safe play is down the center, but some distance can be cut off by carrying the tee shot over the corner of the large waste area on the left. The second shot will be downhill. This green slopes from back-to-front.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 5
Yardage
  • Gold 149
  • Blue 138
  • White 116
  • Green 100
  • Red 96

The 5th Hole

on No. 8

Par 3 | HCP 15/17

Avoiding the bunker in the front of this green makes club selection important on this deceptively difficult par 3. This green slopes from back-to-front and right-to-left.

No. 8 Hole 5

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 6
Yardage
  • Gold 604
  • Blue 584
  • White 565
  • Green 453
  • Red 450

The 6th Hole

on No. 8

Par 5 | HCP 3/1

The tee shot should be played towards the center to allow for a good angle for the second shot. The landing area for the second shot is well-guarded. The second shot should be played up the right side to allow for the right-to-left slope. Approach shots should favor the center of this right-to-left sloping green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 7
Yardage
  • Gold 370
  • Blue 346
  • White 323
  • Green 314
  • Red 271

The 7th Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 13/13

A solid tee shot will leave a second shot off of a slightly downhill lie with a short iron. Distance control is important with a deep bunker guarding the front left and a severe dropoff of the back of this green. The green slopes predominately from left-to-right.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 8
Yardage
  • Gold 238
  • Blue 201
  • White 177
  • Green 151
  • Red 83

The 8th Hole

on No. 8

Par 3 | HCP 17/7

A beautiful long par 3 that requires accuracy to this large deep green. Tee shots should favor the left of the green. Avoid the deep bunker and hazard to the right. The green is fairly flat but does slope from right-to-left.

No. 8 Hole 8

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 9
Yardage
  • Gold 441
  • Blue 418
  • White 395
  • Green 335
  • Red 331

The 9th Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 5/3

The ideal drive is just over the left edge of the large waste area on the right. Club selection for your approach shot is imperative. The green is divided by a ridge that runs throughout the middle from front-to-back. Any shots that come up short will collect well below the putting surface. The left side of the green slopes away and the right side of the green is relatively flat.

No. 8 Hole 9

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 10
Yardage
  • Gold 441
  • Blue 415
  • White 387
  • Green 356
  • Red 337

The 10th Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 2/6

This downhill par 4 begins the back nine in grand fashion. The optimum position off the tee is to favor the right center of the fairway. The approach shot will be from a slight downhill lie. The opening in the front of the green will allow a shot to bounce on to the green. The center hole location will rest in a valley that runs from right-to-left.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 11
Yardage
  • Gold 579
  • Blue 574
  • White 547
  • Green 508
  • Red 432

The 11th Hole

on No. 8

Par 5 | HCP 6/4

This long par 5 requires three good shots to reach the green. The tee shot should find the center of the fairway. The ideal second shot should favor the right-center of the fairway. Steer clear of the deep greenside bunker on the right. This green slopes from front-to-back and right-to-left.

No. 8 Hole 11

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 12
Yardage
  • Gold 358
  • Blue 328
  • White 320
  • Green 287
  • Red 279

The 12th Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 16/18

Accuracy is essential on this short par 4. The tee shot should favor the left side of the fairway utilizing the left-to-right sloping fairway, while avoiding the waste areas on the right. This shallow green is well guarded by bunkers, so accuracy with your approach shot is a must.

No. 8 Hole 12

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 13
Yardage
  • Gold 209
  • Blue 184
  • White 165
  • Green 135
  • Red 128

The 13th Hole

on No. 8

Par 3 | HCP 14/12

This medium-length par 3 is straightforward with a waste area guarding the front right. Avoid being over this green, where the ball will settle well below the putting surface. The slope of this green is from front-to-back and is fairly flat so most putts will be uphill on this large green.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 14
Yardage
  • Gold 402
  • Blue 363
  • White 363
  • Green 349
  • Red 308

The 14th Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 4/8

The optimum position off the tee is left-center so that any hole location is accessible. With the exception of the back-right pin position of this green, the slope is from back-to-front and from right-to-left.

No. 8 Hole 14

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 15
Yardage
  • Gold 184
  • Blue 166
  • White 145
  • Green 139
  • Red 125

The 15th Hole

on No. 8

Par 3 | HCP 18/16

This par 3 plays a little downhill, but the deep green and unpredictable winds will require proper club selection. The right greenside bunker and marsh will catch any shots fading to the right. Shots slightly miss hit to the left will receive a generous kick back toward the green.

 

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 16
Yardage
  • Gold 400
  • Blue 381
  • White 332
  • Green 311
  • Red 288

The 16th Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 10/10

The ideal drive will favor the left half of this well-bunkered fairway, and will give you a full view of the green. The second shot will be to a well-crowned green that has three distinct sections. The right half of this green is higher than the left and a ridge separates the left front from the back.

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 17
Yardage
  • Gold 500
  • Blue 489
  • White 464
  • Green 459
  • Red 402

The 17th Hole

on No. 8

Par 5 | HCP 12/14

A drive that finds the center of the fairway is the best beginning to this reachable par 5. If going for the green is not an option, the second shot should be played to the center of the landing area. The landing area begins to narrow at 100 yards. The left side of this green is higher than the right with a ridge running from front-to-back.

No. 8 Hole 17

Hole Illustration for Pinehurst No. 18
Yardage
  • Gold 447
  • Blue 426
  • White 417
  • Green 395
  • Red 297

The 18th Hole

on No. 8

Par 4 | HCP 8/2

This solid finishing hole requires a strong drive that favors this right center of this fairway that slopes from right-to-left. The demanding second shot may require a long iron or fairway wood up the hill to a well-bunkered green. The spacious green has a large undulation in the middle that divides this green into three sections.

The Clubhouse

Pinehurst No. 8 was designed to celebrate Pinehurst’s 100th Anniversary and you’ll find plenty of room – inside and out – to celebrate here. With its spacious veranda overlooking the 18th green, No. 8’s stately clubhouse is perfect for casual dining or relaxing in a rocking chair with a drink from the bar after a challenging round. Its arches and columns evoke Pinehurst’s traditional elegance and charm, providing the ideal setting for large receptions and golfers alike. The dining room is open daily from 11:30am to 3:00pm and offers a deli-style menu and generous portions. View Menu.

The Halfway House is open 7:00am-5:30pm.

Getting to the Course

No. 8 is located just a 5-10 minute shuttle ride from any resort hotel.

If you are driving to the course, you may use these driving directions. Parking is available at the No. 8 Clubhouse. Visit our Travel Information page for more details.