With no space for real estate, lengthy No. 8 is Pinehurst Resort's most natural golf course

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. -- Pinehurst No. 8, the eighth and final golf course added to the stable at Pinehurst Resort, technically ranks as older than Pinehurst No. 4 after Tom Fazio's redesign of No. 4 reopened in 2000.

Fazio also built No. 8. And unlike the other seven, the golf course allows no space for real estate. Instead, it's 450 natural acres and few parallel fairways. Also unique to No. 8, it's a resort golf course only. There's no member play here.

The golf course is built on the site of the former Pinehurst Gun Club and plays 7,092 yards from the championship tees, making it the longest of the resort courses. It includes five sets of tees and features the biggest and best clubhouse away from the main clubhouse, home to Nos. 1 through 5. No. 8 also offers a large driving range and practice center.

The most natural in appearance of all the Pinehurst golf courses, No. 8 is generally considered the second most popular venue at Pinehurst behind No. 2 -- thanks to holes such as the par-3 eighth and the 14th and 15th, the latter two of which wrap around wetlands. Like all Pinehurst golf courses, No. 8 is an easy walk and offers caddie and forecaddie services.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.

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With no space for real estate, lengthy No. 8 is Pinehurst Resort's most natural golf course