Blue Course, Hole 8
524 yard par 5. The first of two double dogleg par fives on the Blue course, number eight is another high risk/high reward hole. Carved out of the surrounding woods, the tee rests on the end of ridge that drops away sharply to the left and the front. The pond from number seven extends to the base of the tee, while the fairway rises sharply from the pond to the apex of a broad ridge, which comprises the tee shot landing area. A bunker beneath the ridge guards the left side of the fairway, while a line of tall trees along the top of the ridge makes cutting the corner off the tee a challenge. Two large mounds comprise the holeâ€™s right boundary. A number of trees and a second pond to the right of the green protects against cutting the second (right) dogleg. The large green slopes severely from back to front.
Tips from the Pro
Shooting for the flat spot between the two mounds is the safest way to play the hole. A more aggressive approach for longer players is to play over or through the trees atop the ridge on the left (immediately above the left fairway bunker). If you can draw the ball around the corner, this is an even better approach. A ball played successfully over this ridge will hit the fairwayâ€™s downhill slope, save you fifty yards, and provide a real shot at getting home in two. If youâ€™ve played conservatively off the tee, going for the green in two requires the ability to play a 250 yard fade shot, as the direct path to the green is guarded by trees and a substantial pond. If youâ€™ve played aggressively â€“ and successfully â€“ off the tee you may be able to hit a long iron over the trees on the right and carry the green. A more conservative approach is to lay your second shot up short of the green and leave a short, uphill chip shot. The large two-tiered, sharply sloping green makes placing the third shot important. Being above the hole will result in a very challenging downhill putt.