Throughout his prolific career architect Tom Fazio has created a wide range of golf designs that have incorporated shotmaking challenges in tandem with scenic vistas that leave an indelible mark on those playing.
The National is a 27-hole layout with three distinct nines among the various golf offerings available at the magnificent Reynolds Lake Oconee facility — located roughly halfway between Atlanta and Augusta.
The Bluff Nine provides a mixture of hole types and the par-4 8th encapsulates superbly both the challenge golf wise and in tandem with the scenic splendor of the terrain.
Par-4 holes of real quality that are less than 400 yards and more than 350 can be extremely difficult to design for a wide array of players. Often times such holes may prove to be daunting for high handicappers but be of little challenge to the most talented of golfers.
The 8th includes a pesky creek that winds its way at different times during the playing of the hole. The creek begins on the left side of the fairway and then winds its way to become a barrier that must be accounted for with the approach shot.