Originally Posted by Burge
The problem with playing old 8 backwards is that you would have holes that face each other with players throwing upshots or bombs at each other.
Shifting the three pads to the right, as I suggested earlier, would, as Yoduh pointed out, make 11 easier (plus, dangerous for people teeing off on 12), 1 even more easier (unless you stick to the 'B' pin), and 17 would become a long technical nightmare for a righty or a big sky-hyzer for a lefty, but would take away the one good place on the course to tear one off.
I retract my previous suggestion.
I think the idea of creating a new hole #8 by teeing off somewhere along the base of the hill and throwing down old hole #8's fairway has merit. This would eliminate two problems and be fairly easy to implement. 1st - This would eliminate erosion of the bank by the basket at hole #8's current position.
2nd - This would eliminate the crossover problem and satisfy the safety issues as long as it didn't conflict with those players finishing hole #6 and walking to 7's tee.
I've never seen anyone throw their drive or upshot to much farther than the green for hole 6. As long as the new basket position for 8 was out of range it would work.
Perhaps someone could bring a portable down to try out some possible tee/pin placements.