I had some thoughts for Rothstein or KCWO course designer on hole #8. I don't know if he reads here, but I forgot to give him feedback at the tournament.
If you took the ropes back just another 8-10 feet on each side of the hole, it might make a better hole. My reason is variety of score. Part of course design is making holes that pose a good deal of chance for birdie or bogie. While Water Works may be my favorite course in the area due to it's beauty, course ammenities, and fun shots, one could argue that a course like Ted's Dread offers much more scoring variety.
Right now a player can play safe and get a 3 or go for it and make a pretty easy OB 3. With the ropes out a little further, longer 2's and circle 4's will be more common, but the hole may look a little less intimidating. Just a little thought. I think the ropes on most other holes were in ideal locations. The bunkers on 15 and 6 opened my eyes to what can be done in course design to make courses more challenging. With enough time and money, a more natural looking OB could be permanently installed in a lot of currently "easy" open courses to make more challenge. I really like what was done at Swope.