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National Golf Links of America Hole by Hole - 8th Hole

National Golf Links of America, New York

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The 8th hole at National Golf Links of America is a par 4, measuring 404 yards from the men's tees and 424 yards from the championship tees. This slight dogleg right requires an accurate tee shot to set up your approach. The fairway width measures 80 yards wide, so there is plenty of room for error off the tee. There are 10 bunkers scattered around this hole, with 3% of them located on or near the green.

Depending on weather conditions, golfers should take into consideration altitude changes as well as wind direction when selecting clubs off the tee box. For example, during summer months in Southampton when temperatures reach higher levels and winds tend to pick up more often, a driver may be too much club for some players given its potential trajectory and distance; however in winter months when temperatures are cooler and winds calmer it could be a great choice for those looking to maximize their score by reaching closer to the green in two shots rather than three or four depending on individual skill level.

For most average golfers playing from either set of tees (pro/championship or men’s), a hybrid club such as 5-wood might be optimal since it can provide greater control over ball flight while still providing enough length off the tee (approximately 200-210 yards). From there you will have roughly 190-200 yards left which would best suited for 7 iron (140 yard carry) or pitching wedge (~120 yard carry). Be sure to check greenside bunker placement before selecting your approach club!

Teebox type: Pro

Par: 4

Distance: 424 yards

Green Area:

12437

Approx Fairway Width:

80

Has Water:

False

Curvature:

Slight dogleg

Percent Bunkers Near green:

3

Bunker Count:

10

Bunkers:

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

Club Recommendations

When playing the 8th hole at National Golf Links of America, average golfers should also be aware of any elevation changes and wind direction when selecting their club off the tee. It is recommended to use a hybrid such as 5-wood for maximum control over ball flight while still providing enough length (200-210 yards). The approach shot should range from 7 iron (140 yard carry) to pitching wedge (~120 yard carry), depending on distance left after the tee shot. Lastly, check greenside bunker placement before selecting your approach club!

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

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