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  • Sherwood Country Club


Sherwood Country Club is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, located in Thousand Oaks, California. The 7,006-yard, par-72 venue opened in 1989 and is one of the most picturesque courses in the state.

Sherwood is a private golf, tennis and country club set at the base of the majestic Santa Monica Mountains in Thousand Oaks, California. The Club is home to a championship 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, driving range and stately golf clubhouse. The golf club was closed in 2015 as it underwent a major restoration by Jack Nicklaus himself, returning the course to its place as one of the finest and most challenging in California. Adjacent to the golf club is the tennis clubhouse, complete with 14 courts, a sparkling pool, gymnasium, fitness facility and full-service spa.

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    Sherwood Country Club

    Course Par Value: 72 • Course Yardage: 7,006
    1 4 343 Jack Nicklaus says that the 343-yard par 4 is a strategy hole that will tempt the longer hitter to attempt to drive the green and make eagle, or take a safer route to a conventional par. Those that attempt to drive the green have several large oak trees to hit over and the green is well protected on the front-left by a large oak and a bunker. If you choose to take the safer route, a shot of 200 yards will leave you with a short iron into the green. The tee shot should be targeted for the right side of the fairway to avoid the large oak tree that blocks many shots on the left side. The green is also well-protected on the left side, so a shot to middle of the green is often the best play to guarantee a par.
    2 5 536 The 536-yard par 5 features an island green that can be reached with two big shots. Playing to the right-center of this dogleg-right hole can leave the shortest shot to the green in two, however, a fairway bunker protects the right side of the fairway. The second shot is risky at best, with a stream wandering down the right side and crossing in front of the green and wrapping around the left side. If one chooses to go for the green in two, the right side is a far better option than the left side. Laying up can often provide a reasonable option, but will leave a short shot over the stream to a green that has enough slope to challenge the best putters.
    3 3 203 This 203-yard par 3 requires a confident swing to avoid the lake on the right and the collection bunker on the right of the green. This challenge becomes even more challenging with the prevailing wind from Hidden Valley coming from left to right pushing shots toward the water. There is a chipping area left of the green for those that wish to play safe, but par is no guarantee depending on the hole location. This hole plays toughest with the back-right hole location.
    4 4 457 A 457-yard par 4, dogleg-right with water down the entirety of the hole is what makes this hole one of the most difficult on the course and brings to conclusion what members refer to as Sherwood's Amen Corner. An accurate drive is a must on this hole with the left side being the safest play, but leaving a longer second shot to the green. The green is protected on the right and the back with one large bunker that wraps completely around the right side of the green. The water that challenges the tee shot is still present on the right side for the second shot to a well-shaped green that is nestled in a grove of sycamore trees. There are many difficult hole locations for this hole.
    5 5 538 At 538 yards, this par 5 is a three-shot hole for most players. The fairway is fairly open on the left and a grove of sycamore trees on the right, with a stream running down the right side. The second shot looks innocent enough, but the oak tree on the right and a strategically placed bunker in the middle of the fairway make club selection very important on this shot. Avoid the oak tree on the right side. If you choose to play the second shot short of the oak tree on the right, the play is down the left side. If you choose to play beyond the oak tree on the right, the shot must be played down the right side to avoid the overhanging oak tree on the left side. The green is well-protected with a deep bunker in front of the green and a series of small bunkers on the left. Missing this green always presents a challenge to the short game.
    6 4 423 This is one of only three holes that play uphill. The 423-yard par 4 is a dogleg-left to a blind landing area. The tee shot is best played down the right center of the fairway to open up the second shot to the green. The green is protected in front and on the right and left with bunkers and trees. The bunker on the left side of the green will catch most shots headed left. The green is very long and narrow which will provide a challenge for putters of all skill levels.
    7 4 452 This 452-yard par-4 features one of Jack Nicklaus' split fairways. There is a large rock out-cropping splitting the fairway 310 yards from the back tee. This hole, known as the "Rock Hole" thwarted David Duval's comeback against Tiger Woods in the first-ever primetime televised live golf event, The Showdown at Sherwood in 2000. Duval drove the ball directly down the middle into the out-cropping and was forced to take an unplayable lie. For the long hitter, a choice must be made to drive to the right fairway or the left fairway, however, a large fairway bunker on the right side will make the players hit a very precise shot. The short hitter does not have to worry about the rock, but needs to avoid the large oak tree on the right side. The second shot is an uphill shot to a blind green that is protected in front with several bunkers. The green slopes dramatically from back to front leaving any shot over the green with a difficult challenge. There are also several spectacular boulders on the left side of the green that must be avoided when challenging the left side of the green.
    8 3 193 Upon arrival to the eighth tee, you are greeted with another spectacular view over the course and into the mountains. This hole plays 193 yards from the back tee and presents a very difficult green. The green is angled with the short side on the left. Long-and-left will find the back bunker and leave a very difficult shot. Two well placed bunkers in the front of the green will certainly swallow a fair share of shots. If the pin is on the right, the shot is all carry over a waste bunker, a collection of boulders, and a severe slope in front of the green. The green has plenty of slope that challenges the player if the ball is not on the appropriate portion of the green. There is also a small collection bowl in the front of the green that will send many shots off the green to the front fringe. This hole is very difficult and makes par a great score.
    9 4 421 Nicklaus calls the 421-yard par-4 ninth hole the finest finishing hole he has ever created. The tee shot is blind and must be played down the left side allowing the left-to-right slope to take the ball to the middle of the fairway. A mid-to-long iron approach awaits. The second shot must be played to a multi-level green that presents an extremely visually intimidating shot. The green is protected in front with a rock-filled pond that flows into a waterfall on the right and is connected to another waterfall and stream on the left leaving very little room for error short of the green. There is also a bunker on the left that will catch balls that are missed slightly left. The back right portion of the green is protected by the waterfall, a deep pot-bunker, and a deep grass-bunker. Most shots left short of this green find the water, but balls over the green face a chip or pitch from the deep rough to a green sloping away from the player, taking the shot right back toward the bunker and water. This is truly a classic finishing hole that ranks as one of the finest in the world.
    10 4 386 The first of only three par 4's on this side. The first hole is a straight, 386-yard, par-4 hole with a bunker guarding the left side of the fairway. Bunkers also protect the right and left side of this well-protected green. This hole can be played with a driver and short iron, but beware of the back-right hole location that may tempt you into an unwise play.
    11 5 522 The first of three par 5s on this nine, the second hole measures 522 yards. The drive is from an elevated tee over a stream that bends to the right. The fairway is protected on the left side with two fairway bunkers off the tee. The green is protected on the front right with a bunker and overhanging oak trees making the front right hole location difficult to access. The shape of this green deceives a player into thinking there is more green to the left than there is, leaving many players long and left with a difficult greenside shot. Take advantage of your opportunities. This is definitely a birdie hole.
    12 3 185 At 185 yards, number 3 is the first of three par 3s on this side. The tee shot is all carry into a slight breeze. The green is angled to allow access to the front of the green, but making it increasingly difficult to reach a back hole location. The green is protected in the front, right, and back left with bunkers. The entire left side falls below the surface of the green leaving a very difficult pitch onto the sloping green. The hole location can make a difference of three clubs, making club selection a premium if a player is to attack the hole for birdie.
    13 5 550 A spectacular view greets the player as they approach the tee and the 550-yard par 5 thirteenth hole. The tee shot is played over a small pond to an angled fairway leading to a canyon that can sometimes force the longer hitter to lay up. Several oak trees are placed in the canyon to create the appearance of a bush at the end of the fairway. A tee shot too close to these trees can make for a difficult second shot. The brave player might try to reach the green in two, but it is a small green protected by well placed bunkers. If the pin is on the right side of the green, the right side of the second fairway becomes a much more generous position for your third shot.
    14 4 459 The 459-yard, dogleg-left, par-4 fourteenth hole is one of the most difficult on the course. Short hitters must play down the right side of the fairway to leave an open shot to the green, while longer hitters can play more aggressively down the left side. However, missing the tee shot right will find a large fairway bunker, and missing the fairway left usually spells disaster and makes par a difficult pursuit. The second shot is played with a mid-to-long-iron to a well-bunkered green. The left bunkers are very deep and come progressively into play as the golfer attempts to attack the back hole location. This par-4 is truly a beautiful hole that welcomes you into the heart of the front nine.
    15 3 186 The 186-yard par-3 is the signature hole of Sherwood Country Club. You are greeted by a spectacular view over seven pools and 14 waterfalls with beautiful mountains set as the back-drop. The tee shot is all carry over the water to a green that is only 21 paces deep, so make sure you have the right club, or par will become unattainable.
    16 5 538 The sixteenth hole, a par-5, 538 yard hole studded with large sycamore trees, is one of the most beautiful and fun holes on the course. A stream crosses it three times and then widens to the right of the green to surround an island. The tee shot is very intimidating with two bunkers protecting the left side and a stream running the length of the fairway on the right side and crossing the fairway 330 yards from the tee. The second shot presents a decision for the longer hitters. The safe play is to lay up to a landing area the size of a football field, but the gamble is an aggressive play for the green in two that requires crossing the stream twice to an extremely narrow green protected by a large oak tree and a series of mounds on the right, and a bunker and water on the right.
    17 3 168 The tee shot on the 168-yard, par-3 eighth hole is from an elevated tee to the smallest green on the course. A large, very deep collection bunker gathers most of the shots short of the green. Missing the green to the right will often result in a bounce off the bank onto the green. Needless to say, club selection is very important on this innocent-looking hole.
    18 4 446 The eighteenth hole presents another breathtaking view from the tee down to a challenging hole with the beautiful 54,000 square-foot clubhouse in the background. The tee shot on this 446-yard par 4 is over a stream that winds down the entire right side of the hole. The green is 43 paces deep with a bunker starting at the front right and wrapping around the right side of the green. A small pot bunker on the front left of the green will swallow up any shot hit short. The back hole location is very difficult to access with long and right spelling certain disaster.
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