Cut from a nature preserve about a mile north of the resort, Pinehurst No. 8 is one of Tom Fazio's most versatile designs, as each hole plays differently from the previous. The front nine is mostly tree-lined, the back more open, with both touching ponds, marsh and Pine Valley-like sandy wastelands. For putting surfaces, Fazio built crowned greens with greenside swales, intended as a salute to Donald Ross and Pinehurst No. 2. No. 8 is also the most secluded of the resort's nine courses (for now--Tom Doak's Pinehurst No. 10 is due to open in 2024), which no homes or development touching it. Fazio retrurned in late 2022 to touch up elements of the course that needed burnishing, and the course plays as fast and firm as its older brethren.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked from 2013-2014. Highest Ranking: 184th, 2013-2014.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked since 2003.
Highest Ranking: 44th, 2005-2006.
Previous ranking: 76th.
Current Ranking: 100th.
Best in State: Ranked Top 5 in North Carolina in 1997; Top 10 from 1999-2005; Top 15 in 2007; Top 20 in 2009, 2013-2014, & 2017-2020; Top 25 from 2011-2012, 2015-2016, & 2021-2022.
Current Ranking: 26th.