How to Play it: Gilroy Golf Course No. 8 Par 3, 260 yards

If you have never had the treat of playing this hole you
definitely owe it to yourself.
If you have never had the treat of playing this hole you definitely owe it to yourself.

This is one of the most beautiful holes in the South Valleygolf world – period. The tee is elevated some 300 feet above the green and offers a stunning view of southern Santa Clara County.

On a clear day you can see all the way to Hollister and beyond. But don’t let the beauty fool you. This is the toughest par 3 on the course.

PRO SAYS: The good news is that the hole doesn’t play the entire 260 yds on the card. Take about 10% off the yardage to compensate for the elevation and you will be OK.

If you keep your shot to the left, you can get a favorable kick toward the green. A shot to the right puts your ball in danger of going out of bounds or onto Hecker Pass Hwy. .

THE SKINNY: The tee shot doesn’t have to fly to the green. when the fairway is firm because the ball will get considerable bounce on the downhill slope.

However, during the winter months your ball must fly to the green because there will be no bounce at the bottom of the hill.

The green is pretty flat, true and probably the second largest on the course.

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