Sherwood Country Club is set in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, a few miles to the southwest of the modern city of Thousand Oaks, which was once home to the Chumash Native Americans before the area was discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in the 16th century.
Sherwood is a private, members-only country club and behind the guarded gates to the community which offers facilities such as tennis courts, swimming pool and spa, lies a Jack Nicklaus signature course that opened for play in 1989.
The Sherwood property extends to almost 2,000 acres and the golf course occupies a mere fraction of that but it rises upwards from the opening hole into the Santa Monica Mountains where stunning panoramas awake the senses. The back nine tumbles from the clubhouse down to Lake Sherwood – the oldest man-made lake in California – before winding back into the foothills for the closing holes.
The land at Sherwood is ideal for golf with dramatic changes in elevation which Jack Nicklaus has used imaginatively. Naturally, being so close to Thousand Oaks, mature, stately trees are a feature here coupled with babbling brooks and even waterfalls. It’s a thoroughly entertaining property that was home to the off-season Chevron World Challenge tournament hosted by Tiger Woods.
The World Challenge charity event was first held in 1999 on the Raptor course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, before moving to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sherwood Country Club (hosted by Tiger Woods) where it remained until 2013. A new sponsor (the Indian motorcycle company Hero) appeared on the scene in 2014 and the tournament relocated to Florida's Isleworth Golf & Country Club for a single year before moving again to the ultra-exclusive Albany Resort in the Bahamas.
Tiger Woods won the inaugural 2019 Zozo Championship (co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour and the PGA Tour) at Narashino Country Club in Tokyo, equalling Sam Snead’s mark of 82 PGA Tour wins. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 event is being staged at Sherwood Country Club, where Woods hopes to make it win No. 83.
Some of the holes require long drives between green and tee. The conditioning is excellent and the topography will keep you on your toes. One of the nicest clubs to experience.
Having played Sherwood quite a lot, as well as many other courses you have reviewed in the UK and USA I am not sure how you could rate Rustic Canyon better than Sherwood. In terms of conditioning Sherwood is in my view one of the best in the USA, or at least is now since it has been redone with the sand-capping of the fairways and recontoured greens. The layout is much more of a challenge, it's scenery is spectacular and it never gets old to play. Perhaps I can host you for another round sometime!