Sherwood Country Club

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Sherwood Country Club is a private, member owned golf and country club set at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains in Thousand Oaks, California. Sherwood is home to a championship 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, driving range and Georgian architecture golf clubhouse. Adjacent to the golf club is the tennis clubhouse, swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness facility and spa. There are a total of 12 tennis courts, including 8 hard courts (one with stadium seating), two clay courts and two grass courts. The courts are lit for night play.

Sherwood is the host of the World Challenge, an off-season, PGA Tour-recognized golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods each December. Sherwood was also the site of the Showdown at Sherwood, the first ever prime-time live golf match,[1] which was played between Tiger Woods and David Duval in 1999.

History[edit]

Lake Sherwood, originally Potrero Lake, is the oldest man-made lake in California. It was built in 1904 and is approximately 165 acres (0.67 km2). It was changed to Lake Sherwood when the surrounding areas, used for the filming of "Robin Hood" starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., in 1921, became known as "Sherwood Forest" and "Maid Marian Park."

The golf course was formally opened on October 30, 1989. Centuries prior to the country club were the Chumash Indians.

Sherwood Country Club Presidents:

  • 1989-2007 David H. Murdock (developer)
  • 2007-2008 Peter Wagner
  • 2008-2009 Stephen Smith
  • 2009-2010 James Jackoway
  • 2010-2011 Daniel Selleck
  • 2011-2012 George Carney, Jr.
  • 2012-2013 Hal Katersky
  • 2013-2014 Matthew P. Stapleton

Membership[edit]

Sherwood's membership is approximately 375 golf members/owners and is by invitation or member referral. The adjacent tennis club has fourteen courts in hard, clay and grass surfaces, a swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness center, dining room and pub, men's and ladies' locker rooms and a full-service spa. The tennis club maintains a membership of approximately 175 members.

Notable members of the club have included Sean Connery, Kenny G, Mel Gibson, Wayne Gretzky, Scott Hamilton, Kevin James, Tom Kelly, Angelo Mozilo, Craig T. Nelson, Jack Nicholson, Joe Pesci, Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone,[2] and Justin Timberlake.[3]

Golf Course[edit]

Fairways: Bentgrass
Greens: Bentgrass, Poa annua
Rough: Ryegrass
The course record is held by Tiger Woods (62) and was made in 2007 during the Target World Challenge and tied by Tiger in the 2nd round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in 2013.

Men's Course Rating / Slope,Yardage (Par): Gold 74.7/143, 7052 ; Blue 72.7/137, 6558 ; White 70.9/131, 6119 ; Red 65.5/111, 5278 (72) Women's Course Rating / Slope,Yardage (Par): White 76.5/147, 6119 ; Red 73.3/137, 5475 ; Forward 71.1/132, 5248

In 2009, Sherwood underwent a major bunker restoration using a new drainage system called Sportscrete.

Sherwood Golf Course has several protected areas, including an Oak Savannah. Two other protected areas are believed to have populations of endangered sunflower, Lyon’s Pentachaeta (Pentachaeta lyonii).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prime-Time Golf Shootout Is a Ratings Success, Associated Press via Los Angeles Times, August 4, 1999.
  2. ^ Monday, Glenn (March 2012). "Tales from the 19th Hole - Sylvester Stallone". Southland Golf Magazine. 
  3. ^ Baum, Gary (23 June 2011). "L.A.'s Power Golf Clubs: Where the Hollywood Elite Play". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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Coordinates: 34°7′56″N 118°52′55″W / 34.13222°N 118.88194°W / 34.13222; -118.88194