US Open 2016 Oakmont Country Club: Hole 8

At 288 yards some may be forgiven for thinking the eighth is a par-4

A guide to the eighth hole at Oakmont Country Club ahead of the 2016 US Open

US Open 2016 Oakmont Country Club: Hole 8

Hole 8 - Par 3 - 288 yards

Yep, you read that right. A 288 yard par-3.

Whilst it's probably only a 3-iron for Jason Day, quite a few players, especially the older ones, will be hitting driver here.

Oakmont Country Club

The required shape is a draw to miss the huge bunker named 'Sahara' which is around 100-yards long.

Anything right or long will also find sand so the only way to find the putting surface is to hit a beauty and hope that the distance is right.

The green is huge and relatively flat for Oakmont standards.

A birdie here will feel like an eagle.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x