Ballyneal: A Golf Addict's Guide (8th Hole)


8th Hole - 515 Yards, Par 5
The 8th is a perfect follow-up to the roller coaster 7th hole. It runs the opposite direction as the 7th, so if that hole played into the wind, you're downhill here, or vice versa. These two holes can make your round if you manage to birdie both, but often you're left kicking yourself walking off the 8th green for failing to take advantage of either.

The fairway narrows to a neck about 300-310 yards off the tee. If it's downwind and you want to go for it in two, you need to be down the left side to have a view of the green. The right side of the fairway is guarded by a huge Sahara bunker. It's deep and it's on a huge upslope. It's definitely reachable of the tee and also plays into second shots from the right fairway if you get greedy and don't take enough loft on your second. Yes, I speak from personal experience.

If you're laying up, the key is to simply avoid the bunker left and about 70 yards short of the green. There's lot of room right. Of course, left is the place to be in order to get a view up the slope of the green that run sharply uphill from left to the right.

The 8th green is probably the most severely tilted green on the course as has a series of humps and hollows throughout. It's essential to be on the correct shelf, otherwise you're going to be faced with one heck of a putt. My favorite pin position is on the top right shelf, as it provides many different options to get the ball close to the hole.

One more out for hail!


  1. Anonymous said...:

    The 8th is a fun hole. It can easily yield birdies and triples depending where your approach shot finds itself on the green.

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