Golf Course Recognized by Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine
Par-3 eighth hole selected as one of the ‘Great Holes of the Northwest’
In the November 2017 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-3 eighth hole at Sandpines Golf Links in Florence, Ore. is recognized as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running golf publication.
With six different tee boxes, there are numerous ways to set up this downhill par-3, making it a different hole each time it is played. There are dunes on the right and a hillside covered with trees on the left, so it’s a narrow chute looking down at the green. But it opens up down below, and the open area in front of the putting surface allows for an easy run-up shot. There is a large deep-faced bunker that sits on the left and a smaller pot bunker on the right. The green is receptive, with the left side sloping toward the middle and has an undulation in the center, making a back-right hole location difficult to get to.
Designed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones, Sandpines Golf Links opened in 1993 and was immediately lauded as the “Best New Course in America” by Golf Digest. Sandpines has recently hosted the 2016 Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the 2017 Pacific Northwest Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ championships.