Sherwood Hills Golf Club is a strategic course that utilizes valleys, bunkers, and ponds, all on nearly flat terrain. Each hole is quite characteristic, so it is very fun to play. Because it is links-style with very little tall trees, wind passes easily though the course, making it very challenging, if players take into account the influence of the wind, the distance of over 7,200 yards, and a lot of well-placed bunkers. The fairways are wide throughout the course. However, the wider the fairways are laid out, the wider the hazards and bunkers are laid just beside it. Sherwood Hills’ greens are generally small and surrounded by the good use of sand.
The par 4 462-yard 9th is a signature hole that is an almost straight hole with both the tee and second shots requiring an over-the-lake crossing. The tee shot needs distance on this long par 4. The second shot is demanding with a greater challenge due to the diagonally penetrating pond in front of the green. The par 5 566-yard 5th is a double dogleg that first slightly bends to the right and then bends to the left. Off the tee, players will need a carry of 250 yards if they want to overcome the bunker on the right side of the fairway inclining to the left. A valley running along the left side of fairway and the green will come into play on the second and third shots. Players should avoid the deep bunkers to the left side of the green sloping from back to front. The par 3 192-yard 16th is another signature hole over a valley. The undulating green is guarded by two bunkers in a row in its front.
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Date: September 27, 2019