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 at Sherwood Country Club coupled with babbling brooks and even waterfalls. It’s a thoroughly engaging 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 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.
Sherwood is cart-golf all day long. Some of the holes require long drives between green and tee, and nobody (amateurs/members) would ever dream of walking this place. There is no flow and with endless diagonal Nicklaus greens, the course doesn’t have much that’s memorable. The bunkering is also really dull and offers nothing in terms of inspiration. Architecturally, the course is in my opinion a flop, but the conditioning is perfect.