Pinehurst Country Club #8
Pinehurst — North Carolina, USA
International Championship course
Playable on simulator at Golf en Ville, the premier commercial indoor center of Paris
Architect: Tom Fazio — Designed: 1996
Severity index: 3 — Difficult
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7122 yards
About Pinehurst Country Club #8
North Carolina is the home of Pinehurst Resort and some of the most beautiful golf courses ever designed.
Opened in 1996, the course was designed by Tom Fazio.
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 classic Donald Ross concepts 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 and challenging yet fun to play; it’s a nod to No. 2, but hardly a replication. Many feel No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout.
This championship track has twice been home to the PGA Club Pro Championship. Just a short drive from the main club, the Pinehurst spirit is quite alive at No. 8 and served as the companion course for the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
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
Course tips, hole by holeHole 1 | 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.
Hole 2 | 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 | 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 4 | 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 5 | 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.
Hole 6 | 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 7 | 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 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.
Hole 9 | 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.
Hole 10 | 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 11 | 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.
Hole 12 | 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.
Hole 13 | 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 14 | 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.
Hole 15 | 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 16 | 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 17 | 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.
Hole 18 | 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.
Play Pinehurst Country Club #8 in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can spend a good time and play Pinehurst Country Club #8 (or one of other 99 international courses available) in the Paris area, on simulator, in very realistic conditions.
In one click, you can choose to play a selection of holes or the whole course; you can adjust about twenty parameters and display modes and customize the gaming experience and difficulty: the tee-box that is right for you, wind strength, pin position, green speed, fairway hardness, etc ...) or simply you can keep the settings that are available to you. You can also try one of the 35 scoring systems available, for more fun.
You can also choose to take a golf lesson on this course, and enjoy the precision of trajectory measures and the beautiful surroundings.
Please note that the severity index specified above is meant in ideal conditions i.e. no wind, pin position easy,...
If you add some wind, it's a different ball game, some courses can become very difficult.
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Updated on 09-02-20