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Circling Raven Golf Club At Coeur D'Alene Casino Hole by Hole - 8th Hole

Circling Raven Golf Club At Coeur D'Alene Casino, Idaho

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Hole 8 at Circling Raven Golf Club is a challenging par 4 that requires both accuracy and strategy to score well. From the championship tees, this hole measures 386 yards and has a handicap of 9, making it one of the more difficult holes on the course.

The tee shot on this hole is crucial as there are three bunkers strategically placed along the fairway, with two more guarding the green. The average golfer should aim for a drive of about 217 yards to safely clear these hazards and leave themselves with a manageable approach shot.

The fairway width is relatively generous at 38 yards, but players must be careful not to miss too far left or right as trees line both sides of the fairway. Additionally, there is a slight dogleg right which can make it tempting for longer hitters to try and cut off some distance by taking an aggressive line over the trees. However, this risky play could easily result in finding one of the many bunkers or ending up in trouble among the trees.

Once in position off the tee, golfers will face an approach shot into a large green measuring 14,678 square feet. While there are only three total bunkers on this hole, they are well-placed around the green and should be avoided at all costs. Greenside bunkers account for just 2% of total bunker coverage but can still be quite penalizing if found.

Weather conditions can greatly impact scoring on Hole 8 at Circling Raven Golf Club. Located in Worley Idaho with an elevation of approximately3000 feet above sea level, players may experience slightly less ball flight due to thinner air compared to lower altitude courses. In addition, wind gusts from nearby Lake Coeur d'Alene can create unpredictable ball flights throughout all four seasons.

For most golfers playing from these tees (assuming driver ~217 yards), I recommend hitting your driver off the tee to leave a comfortable approach shot. From there, I suggest using a 7 iron (~140 yards) for your second shot and aiming for the center of the green to avoid any bunkers or trouble around the green. However, depending on weather conditions and personal preference, some players may opt to lay up with a shorter club off the tee and leave themselves with their preferred distance into this challenging green.

Overall, Hole 8 at Circling Raven Golf Club is a demanding par 4 that requires accuracy and smart decision-making from both tee to green. With careful planning and execution, golfers can successfully navigate this hole while avoiding potential hazards and ultimately improving their score.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 4

Distance: 386 yards

Handicap: 9

Green Area:

14678

Approx Fairway Width:

38

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

2

Bunker Count:

3

Bunkers:

Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

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Some additional tips for playing Hole 8 at Circling Raven Golf Club:

1. Pay attention to the wind and elevation. As mentioned, weather conditions can greatly impact scoring on this hole. Be sure to take into account any wind gusts or changes in elevation when planning your shots.

2. Practice your tee shot before the round. The bunkers along the fairway can be intimidating, so it's important to have a consistent and accurate tee shot ready for this hole.

3. Aim for the center of the green on your approach shot. With three well-placed bunkers around the green, it's best to play safe and aim for the center rather than risk finding one of these hazards.

4. Don't be afraid to lay up off the tee if needed. While hitting driver off the tee is recommended, some players may feel more comfortable laying up with a shorter club and leaving themselves with their preferred distance into this challenging green.

5. Keep an eye out for any trouble areas around the green such as thick rough or trees lining both sides of fairway that could affect your approach shot.

6. Take note of pin placement on this large green before making your approach shot decision.

7. Stay focused throughout each shot and avoid getting too aggressive or taking unnecessary risks that could result in higher scores on this difficult par 4.

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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