CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Sherwood CC to host Powershares QQQ Championship
Jack Nicklaus-designed course to host inaugural Schwab Cup Playoffs event
January 14, 2016
- January 14, 2016
- Sherwood Country Club hosted the Hero World Challenge from 2000 to 2013. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – PGA TOUR Champions announced Thursday that Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., will serve as host course for the 2016 PowerShares QQQ Championship – the first of three season-ending events in the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. Sherwood will remain as host of the 2017 and 2018 events, solidifying a three-year stretch of Playoff golf in the greater Los Angeles area.
The announcement comes after a year-long, $10.5 million restoration project at Sherwood, with a grand re-opening scheduled for March 3. Jack Nicklaus, who designed the original course and oversaw the restorative process, will be on-site for a ceremonial first tee shot and very memorable member dinner, to welcome in a new era at one of Southern California’s premier clubs.
“These are incredibly exciting times for the members of Sherwood Country Club. After a year-long closure, Sherwood will soon re-open in March with a completely rebuilt golf course, including every tee box, fairway, bunker, rough area and green. No blade of grass has been left untouched in Jack Nicklaus’ complete restoration and redesign of the course, making Sherwood one of the very best and most beautiful courses in the country,” said Sherwood Country Club President Rick Zeilenga. “And now, thanks to PGA TOUR Champions and PowerShares, Sherwood’s rebirth will be televised to the world for the next three years, starting this coming October during the 2016 PowerShares QQQ Championship.”
The 1989 Nicklaus design sits on Lake Sherwood, the largest man-made lake in California. The lake became known as Lake Sherwood when the surrounding area became known as Sherwood Forest and Maid Marian Park following the 1921 filming of “Robin Hood,” which was shot on-site, and which debuted in 1923. A secondary version of the film, also shot on Lake Sherwood, was released in 1938, laying the foundation for the club’s modern-day archer logo.
In Nicklaus, the club secured the game’s most-accomplished competitor, as well as one of the most celebrated architects of a generation. Heralded designs at Shoal Creek Country Club and Valhalla Golf Club gave way to the creation of Sherwood Country Club, which the Golden Bear himself called one of his very best.
“Since the day the golf course opened, I like to think Sherwood has looked like it’s been there for 100 years. One of the reasons is the property itself. This was one of the more magnificent pieces of land I’ve had the opportunity on which to design a golf course,” said Nicklaus on his website. “It is rare to see a piece of property that is so private, with so much natural beauty. Another reason is the oak trees, which are absolutely sensational.”
Nicklaus noted that in the construction of the course, approximately 1,200 oak trees were moved and transplanted to home sites and sites along the fairways, with some of the trees being over 500 years old.
As the host of the PowerShares QQQ Championship through the event’s 2018 edition, Sherwood immediately ascends to status as one of the most celebrated venues on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule.
The club hosted the Franklin Templeton Shootout from 1989 through 1999, the Hero World Challenge from 2000 through 2013, and the Showdown at Sherwood in 1999 – the first-ever primetime live golf match, played between Tiger Woods and David Duval.
“We are ecstatic to have Sherwood Country Club host the PowerShares QQQ Championship for the next three years,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin. “Our 2016 schedule features some of the best courses in golf, including Philadelphia Cricket Club, Carnoustie Golf Links, Scioto Country Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links, and today’s announcement further cements an impressive list of host clubs as we usher in the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.”
The PowerShares QQQ Championship will be contested October 28-30, 2016, and will serve as the opening event in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, with the Dominion Charity Classic and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship rounding out the three-tournament series.
The top 72 PGA TOUR Champions players on the season-long points list will qualify for the PowerShares QQQ Championship, with the field moving to 54 and 36 players for the final two events, respectively.
For more information on Sherwood Country Club, please visit www.SherwoodCountryClub.com.