One of the reasons the old eighth hole doglegged so severely to the right was to avoid the lower tee box on the old ninth hole. Below are the original tee boxes for the ninth hole. The tee box that was lower in elevation (the top one in the picture) was located to close to where Robert Trent Jones Jr. hoped to place the eighth green.
“I’d particularly like to straighten out some of the doglegs out here,” Jones said. “On No. 8, I never was really happy with where that green ended up. There was a bottom tee box on No. 9 that was too close, so we had to dogleg it.”
Here is what the hole looks like today from the fairway:
Trees were cleared out to the left of the old green to create room for the new green site. The old green has been completely flattened. Here is a view from the side of the new green complex. The old green fit closer to the orange netting and tree line in the background: