By Sam Tremlett
12 bunkers line the 8th hole at Shinnecock Hills. See our guide on it here.
Shinnecock Hills Hole By Hole Guide: Hole 8
Hole 8: Par-4: 439 yards
At 439 yards, the par-4 eighth is one of the shortest holes on the course and offers a birdie chance if good, solid shots are hit.
A blind tee shot with a wide fairway, the target is large but be wary of the fairway bunkers on the left and right. The best course of action is to aim left which gives a better angle of attack into the small, well protected green.
The undulations are severe on the green with the drop offs at the back, front and left hand side, sure to collect wayward shots.
A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.
A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well.
Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.
Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6
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