Salem Country Club Golf Course
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Hole: 8

Tees   Yardage Par H/C
Gold 517 5 3
Blue 492 5 3
Black 477 5 3
White (M) 457 5 3
Green (M) 367 5 3
White (W) 457 5 1
Silver (W) 457 5 1
Green (W) 367 5 17

This hole highlights Salem's ultimate trump card: its terrain. A ridge separates the tee from the fairway in the valley below while a twenty foot tall chocolate drop mound pinches in 100 yards from the green. This long hole only required three bunkers and indeed Salem has a total of 56 bunkers, which is a relatively small number compared to the 108 at Scioto or the 87 at Oak Hill. However, it speaks volumes about the New England terrain and how Ross used it. Indeed, the left side of the 8th green complex makes for a fine study in the lost art of non-bunkering - Ross created a very interesting ledge effect by not using any bunkers and in the process, he made an up and down less likely.
Aim at the "Chocolate Drop" down the fairway to hit a blind landing area. Avoid that same "Chocolate drop" (left) on your second shot. Long hitters can reach in two shots or lay-up back for a full third shot. High shots into this green will hold, a low shot will skip to the back or beyond.
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