“...difficulty increases exponentially the farther you move off of the ideal line of play, as the left side of the green steeply falls away”
The seventh and eighth share a 150-yard wide fairway full of ridges, strategically placed bunkers, and irregular contours. The previously introduced concept of ‘tightly mown short grass as a hazard’ is the defining characteristic of the two holes. On the 310-yard seventh, two wonderfully artistic and strategic bunkers set the tone for the hole. While the fairway is nearly endless in its scale, clever players will find the skinny section of turf that is most likely to yield birdie putts after the approach. From a difficult to reach slot on the far right side of the fairway, players will learn that the domed green is most receptive from this angle. However, the difficulty increases exponentially the farther you move off of the ideal line of play, as the left side of the green steeply falls away and deflects anything less than a perfectly struck shot. Additionally, the central ridgeline can create visibility and depth perception issues for the golfer who fails or refuses to challenge the bunkering off of the tee. The style of recovery shot chosen around the green will be plentiful, as anything from a putt to a flop shot will be common as players attempt to navigate the challenges presented by the daunting contours in and around the green complex.