Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Hole by Hole - 8th Hole

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York

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The 8th hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is a par 4 that plays from 361 yards from the Pro tees, 319 yards from the Men's tees and 281 yards from the Women's tees. The fairway width of 46 yards provides enough room for an accurate tee shot while still providing some challenge. It has a slight dogleg right with 11 bunkers in total, 5% of which are found greenside.

In terms of strategy, this hole can be approached in different ways depending on your skill level and club selection. For more advanced golfers, it may be possible to hit driver off the tee and reach the green in two shots if you can avoid any trouble along the way. Average players might opt to lay up with their second shot as there are several bunkers around landing zone and green area making it difficult to successfully attack them without risk of going into one of these hazards or missing short or long sides leaving yourself an awkward distance for your third shot into the green.

No water comes into play but local weather conditions should always be taken into account when playing this hole due to its length; wind direction could have an effect on ball flight so plan accordingly as you select your clubs off the tee box. In springtime temperatures tend to stay cool while summer brings hot humid days; fall usually sees cooler temperatures again while winter brings extreme coldness which will affect how far each club travels due to air density changes caused by temperature variations throughout all four seasons here at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Teebox type: Pro

Par: 4

Distance: 361 yards

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Slight dogleg

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

Club Recommendations

For the average golfer, it is best to play conservatively off the tee by choosing a club that will provide enough distance to reach the fairway while avoiding any of the 11 bunkers. This will leave you with an easier approach shot from where you can choose your clubs more carefully and accurately attack the green. Make sure to take into account wind direction and local weather conditions when selecting your clubs as these factors could have a significant effect on ball flight. Finally, be aware of all hazards around landing zone and greenside as they could make or break your score for this hole.

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

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