Review for Sherwood Forest

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The opening stretch at Sherwood Forest is all laid out in front of the clubhouse so it’s a wonderful vista to display what’s in store for the first time visitor. You’re introduced with an undulating and pretty start where the first four holes play in a small loop, but you’ll need to be sure to make your score over these opening holes as what begins as a relatively modest test of your game then starts to show its teeth from the 6th. This is the part of the course that takes you towards some wonderful open heathland where you play golf in splendid isolation. Whilst the 6th is a real tough-nut and maybe the most difficult hole on the course, the most brutal stretch is in the middle of the round starting from the 9th. This is the point where five par fours all play over 400 yards Sherwood Forest Golf Course - Photo by reviewer in the space of six holes, averaging in excess of 440 yards from the white tees. Make sure your long-iron game is in good shape as you’ll be hitting plenty of them into the greens. Despite this, the course is still scoreable. Fairways are wide leading to interesting angles into greens and birdies are available through the closing stretch of holes as you return to the clubhouse.

All three par fives are reachable in two but it’s the 8th that stood out for me as the most interesting. It’s the first of a sweeping four hole stretch that takes place across valleys as you pass adjacent to a mass of heather and forest as far as the eye can see to the right-hand side of these holes. The bunkering across the course is another highlight, well shaped and thoughtfully positioned meaning that most shots are accompanied by the potential of going into a sandy hazard.

Overall, I was close to giving the course a 5-ball rating and it must be on the cusp of the Top 100 GB & Ire rankings although I’m struggling to see how the club can make further improvements so it can make that leap. Whilst it’s not on the same level as Notts, it simply doesn’t have the striking holes to compete with its more illustrious neighbour, it’s a seriously good course all the same and there are no weak holes.

Date: May 04, 2018


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