The tee shot on the 9th hole plays slightly uphill, and often into the wind. A new bunker was added to the left of the fairway, which comes into play if the tee shot is hooked or pulled left.
The valley in which the 8th green sits, cuts diagonally across the fairway at the beginning of the landing area, creating a steep rise, which must be carried to leave a reasonable second shot. Trees are in play on both sides, with the left side being a little more treacherous as the tree line does not open up until you get close to the 150 yard marker.
Over the rise, the hole bends gently left and the trees continue to hug the left side of the fairway. The green sits in a ring of trees and is open at the back but surrounded in front and on both sides by sand. The approach shot is played with a mid iron, the player's view of the pin ensconced on the right side is obscured by the front bunker.is played