are some digital pictures of the tough par four 8th hole of the famed
Pebble Beach Golf Links -home of this years, as well as many past,
AT and T and Crosby Celebrity Pro Am golf tournaments. It's as
famous and dangerous a golf hole as it is beautiful. It's a
par 4 of 416 yards with the second shot played off of a 100 foot
cliff over the Pacific Ocean. When golf course designers talk
about 'shot value' in their design they speak of the degree of
difficulty of the execution of the play at hand. This golf
hole is right up there with some of golf's best heavyweights in this
regard. With a position tee shot up a small hill and a mid to
long iron second with a forced carry over fairway, cliff, sea, and
sand, there are few golf holes in the world more picturesquely
difficult than this beauty.
the tee shot from just above and left of the tee which sits
slightly down the hill to the right of the pix. Notice the
small white 'aiming rock' in the left middle of this picture (left)
which gives the player some target to aim at.
It's 255 yards though the fairway on the far right side with the
ocean to the right of there and a cliff protecting any tee shot hit
It's 285 yards through the fairway up the left side of it (towards
the marshal in the red jacket (far left middle of pix)
The pro tee shot is aimed at one of two chimneys on a mansion on the
hill (not visible in this pix) and is the safest target route.
The pro's will usually hit a 3 wood off this tee, unless it's into a
significant wind, leaving them about 195 yards into the middle of
second shot view is from the top of the cliff and to the right
of the desired tee shot landing area to give you a more picturesque
look at the forced carry over land and sea.
There's no fence at the top and this was once a point of a great tragedy
some 20 years ago when two unfortunate golfers drove their golf cart
over the edge here.
If you were to hit
your tee shot to the right and still be on dry land, this would be
the maximum carry over the ocean to get it home.
That left side tee shot gives you a more safe route and angle in,
although it's still a high shot value play especially when into the
Your shot in from the top of the cliff here is anywhere from 205 to
220 yards into this postage stamp 8th green.
a look into the green (this cross bunker in the right foreground
(pix left) is a forced carry to about 65 yards short of the green, should you miss club or 'wing'
your long second.
It's not a bad idea to play to the front yardage when making your
second shot play here or at least to under the pin. Reason being
that should you miss it long to the left side of the green you would
have a difficult sloping downhill chip from the rough there.
Even a birdie putt from the left side and 'above' the hole is a
somewhat defensive putt because of the speed and left to right break
Here is that view (pix right) of the
8th green from behind. You can get an idea of the sloping left to right green. You
can have hit two quality golf shots and be just left of the green
with plenty of work still left to make your par four!
The greens at this classic seaside links golf course are typically
small and this ones no exception at 20 yards deep through on the
left and only 23 yards through on the back right.
Four is the desired score on this hole each and every time you play
it. Birdies are possible for the playing professionals but
it's not a real 'scoring' hole per se, but one that can really hurt
you if you make a mistake. It's basically just get your par
and get on out of there!
a good panoramic from behind and just right of the green looking
back to the top of the cliff and second shot area there.
You can more clearly see here how a tee shot up the left side (right
middle in pix) is the optimum and takes more of the ocean out of
You can imagine how this hole might play with a cold and strong left
to right blowing at you as it can in this old clambake tournament!
There have been just as many golf 'horror stories' as success stories written
about how hard this hole has played at times over the years.
And it's a classic if you ever get to play here and par it and then
go home and tell your friends!
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Here are some great thumbnails to larger views ofPebble Beach!