Opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst’s centennial, Tom Fazio designed No. 8, synthesizing all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout. Fazio took full advantage of the 420 acres of rolling terrain and natural wetlands to fashion a course that’s visually enthralling and challenging yet fun to play.
1996: Tom Fazio
Signature Sanctuary Designated by the Audubon Society since 1996
2013-14 Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses
2014 Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play
2014 Golfweek’s America’s Best Resort Courses
Hole Par Gold Blue White Green Red 1 4 361 334 316 302 281 2 5 559 532 502 492 418 3 4 382 374 358 339 301 4 4 464 437 408 379 338 5 3 149 138 115 98 94 6 5 605 585 565 453 450 7 4 370 346 323 313 271 8 3 236 204 181 155 81 9 4 442 416 392 328 323 10 4 441 416 387 358 339 11 5 579 573 550 513 429 12 4 373 353 335 397 289 13 3 204 181 165 132 126 14 4 404 363 363 352 307 15 3 187 165 145 131 125 16 4 398 368 325 311 286 17 5 500 489 464 456 399 18 4 445 420 417 396 296 Total 72 7099 6694 6311 5905 5153
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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