The eighth hole was one of the sharpest doglegs on the course. But with the back tees swinging to the left (closer to the seventh green), and the new eighth green moving some 30 yards left, it will be a much straighter hole.
“That hole has gone from being a very sharp dogleg left to right, to a tee shot that you can hit straight away and it gently moves down to the right,” said Bruce Charlton, chief design officer of Robert Trent Jones II.
Below is a picture of the new back tee. The stake notes a bunker that has been added to the left edge of the fairway.
“We’ve added a bunker at the back end of the dogleg,” Charlton said. “It’s a little bit like a stop sign. No matter what tee you’re playing, you’ve either got to hit it short of the bunker, or take on the corner and the natural sandy area.”
Here’s a closer look at the landing area, the bunker on the left, the natural sandy area to the right and the towering pine that has always guarded the inside of the dogleg:
“The right hole location is a little bit of a sucker pin, right over the bunker,” Charlton said. “But once you know the contours of the green, you can hit it to the middle of the green and left it feed to the right.
“That’s a lot of the philosophy here. Once you get to know things and understand the slopes, not only outside the green, but on the green, you’ll be able to use those slopes to your advantage.”