What You Need To Know About Pinehurst No. 8
November 28, 2022


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Pinehurst No. 8 opened in 1996 to celebrate Pinehurst’s first 100 years, earning it the nickname “The Centennial Course.” Originally designed by Tom Fazio, No. 8 combines classic Pinehurst elements with the natural beauty of the landscape. 

In 2022, No. 8 underwent subtle aesthetic and agronomic renovations. Leaving the course architecture untouched, No. 8 now boasts TifEagle greens, fully restored bunkers with fresh sand and improved drainage throughout the course. The result is a firmer, faster feel, the way Tom Fazio originally intended it.

With the renovations comes a new logo with new flags, tees, and merch.

Stop by the starter hut on No. 8 and grab a few new tees on your visit. When you visit the pro shop, check out gear with the new logo and snag a piece or two.

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What Makes This Top 100 Golf Course Stand Out?

The design of this course is unique when compared to other Pinehurst courses, but it still has that distinct Pinehurst feel. Designated as a Signature Sanctuary by the Audubon Society, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of wetlands and plenty of longleaf pines. Featuring dramatic contours, elevation changes and movements in the fairways, each distinct hole will be sure to keep you engaged throughout your round.

Marsh on No 8

The addition of water to the pines and rolling terrain makes No. 8 arguably the most beautiful course at the resort.

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How Does Pinehurst No. 8 Compare to No. 2?

Both courses are par 72, but No. 8 is nearly 500 yards shorter than No. 2. No. 8 features larger and more varied greens, more greenside bunkers and more rough than No. 2. With average-to-narrow width fairways and fast greens, No. 8 requires attention from tee to green in order to score well.

Overall, a round on No. 8 is one of the most elevated experiences in golf at Pinehurst.

Bunkers on No.8

Architect Tom Fazio’s routing makes excellent use of both the water and waste areas, maximizing their function while also giving golfers holes of respite.

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How To Navigate The Newly Renovated Course No. 8

No. 8 is located approximately one mile, or five minutes, north of Pinehurst Resort. It’s a short drive, but golfers enjoy the change of pace and tranquil setting offered by this course.

Because it is located away from the resort, No. 8 has its own driving range, practice green and short game area for you to warm up before your round. The bar & grill in the No. 8 clubhouse is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2023.

If you’d like to play with a caddie, be sure to reserve one when you book your tee time. Carts are available, although close greens and tees make this course a great one to walk.

When visiting No. 8, don’t forget to stop by the new state-of-the-art Golf Pride Retail Lab located near No. 8’s entry. The Retail Lab provides a world class, Tour-level grip selection and installation experience. It’s open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Hole-By-Hole Walkthrough

For a closer look at No. 8, check out our hole-by-hole overview.

Map of No. 8

Schedule Your Trip To Pinehurst No. 8

Ready to experience the magic that awaits at Pinehurst? Contact us today to book your visit and ask about tee times on No. 8. One of our reservations agents is ready to help you plan your trip.

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  • Resort accommodations for two nights
  • Three rounds of golf
  • Overflowing breakfast buffet and dinner daily
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