- Course Guide
About the World Challenge
The World Challenge celebrates its 14th year by once again bringing golf's finest stars to Southern California. This year's tournament will be played at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on a course designed by famed architect and professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.
Our field of 18 elite PGA Tour players is determined as follows: the current four major winners, the top 11 available from the Official World Golf Rankings, the defending champion and two special-exemption players.
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Sherwood Country Club
| Total Par: 72|
| Total Yards: 7,052|
| Sherwood Country Club|
Sherwood Country Club offers golfers of all skill levels an exceptional playing experience.
Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus exceeded expectations when he designed this 7,052 yard, par-72 championship course. Sherwood's championship course is an exceptional playing experience for players of all levels. Its imaginative use of land elevations and valleys, waterfalls, running streams and unique rock formations echo the aesthetically-rich natural environment of Sherwood Valley and tranquil Lake Sherwood. Every tee box affords a breathtaking view, and fairways are luxuriously studded with groves of magnificent oak, willow and sycamore trees.
The front nine holes rise into the majestic Santa Monica mountains and offer stunning vistas from every angle. The back nine holes dip toward beautiful Lake Sherwood before rising back into the hills for a dramatic finish at the clubhouse.
For more information about the course and the club, please visit SherwoodCountryClub.com.
- Par: 4
- Yards: 342
Jack Nicklaus says that the 342-yard par-4 is a strategy hole that will tempt the longer hitter to attempt to drive the green and make eagle or take a safer route to a conventional par. Those that attempt to drive the green have several large oak trees to hit over, and the green is well protected on the front-left by a large oak and a bunker. If you choose to take the safer route, a shot of 200 yards will leave you with a short iron into the green. The tee shot should be targeted for the right side of the fairway to avoid the large oak tree that blocks many shots on the left side. The green is also well-protected on the left side, so a shot to the middle of the green is often the best play to guarantee a par.
- Par: 5
- Yards: 531
The 531-yard par-5 features an island green that can be reached with two big shots. Playing to the right-center of this dogleg-right hole can leave the shortest shot to the green in two, however, a fairway bunker protects the right side of the fairway. The second shot is risky at best, with a stream wandering down the right side and crossing in front of the green and wrapping around the left side. If one chooses to go for the green in two, the right side is a far better option than the left side. Laying up can often provide a reasonable option but will leave a short shot over the stream to a green that has enough slope to challenge the best putters.
- Par: 3
- Yards: 198
This 198-yard par-3 requires a confident swing to avoid the lake on the left and the collection bunker on the right of the green. This challenge becomes even more challenging with the prevailing wind from Hidden Valley coming from left to right, pushing shots toward the water. There is a chipping area left of the green for those that wish to play safe, but par is no guarantee depending on the hole location. This hole plays toughest with the back-right hole location.
- Par: 4
- Yards: 456
A 456-yard, par-4, dogleg-right with water down the entirety of the hole is what makes this hole one of the most difficult on the course and brings to conclusion what members refer to as Sherwood's Amen Corner. An accurate drive is a must on this hole with the left side being the safest play, but leaving a longer second shot to the green. The green is protected on the right and the back with one large bunker that wraps completely around the right side of the green. The water that challenges the tee shot is still present on the right side for the second shot to a well-shaped green that is nestled in a grove of sycamore trees. There are many difficult hole locations for this hole.
- Par: 5
- Yards: 531
At 531 yards, this par-5 is a three-shot hole for most players. The fairway is protected by a fairway bunker on the left and a grove of sycamore trees on the right, with a stream running down the right side. The second shot looks innocent enough, but the oak tree on the right and the overhanging oak tree on the left make club selection very important on this shot. Avoid the oak tree on the right side. If you choose to play the second shot short of the oak tree on the right, the play is down the left side. If you choose to play beyond the oak tree on the right, the shot must be played down the right side to avoid the overhanging oak tree on the left side. The green is well-protected with a deep bunker in front of the green and a series of small bunkers on the left. Missing this green always presents a challenge to the short game.
- Par: 4
- Yards: 422
This is one of only three holes that play uphill. The 422-yard par-4 is a dogleg-left to a blind landing area. The tee shot is best played down the right center of the fairway to open up the second shot to the green. The green is protected in front and on the right with bunkers, and trees front the left side of the green. There is also a valley on the left side of the green that catches most shots into the left side of the green, funneling them to the left fringe and leaving a difficult two-putt for par.
- Par: 4
- Yards: 446
This 446-yard par-4 features one of Jack Nicklaus' split fairways. There is a large rock outcropping, splitting the fairway 307 yards from the back tee. This hole, known as the "Rock Hole," thwarted David Duval's comeback against Tiger Woods in the first-ever primetime, televised live golf event, "The Showdown at Sherwood" in 2000. Duval drove the ball directly down the middle into the out-cropping and was forced to take an unplayable lie. For the long hitter, a choice must be made to drive to the right fairway or the left fairway. The short hitter does not have to worry about the rock but needs to avoid the large oak tree on the right side. The second shot is an uphill shot to a blind green that is protected in front with several bunkers. The green slopes dramatically from back to front, leaving any shot over the green with a difficult challenge. There are also several spectacular boulders on the left side of the green that must be avoided when challenging the left side of the green.
- Par: 3
- Yards: 228
Upon arrival to the eighth tee, you are greeted with another spectacular view over the course and into the mountains. This hole plays 228 yards from the back tee and presents a very difficult green. The green is angled with the short side on the left. Long-and-left will find the back bunker and leave a very difficult shot. If the pin is on the right, the shot is all carry over a waste bunker, a collection of boulders and a severe slope in front of the green. The green has plenty of slope that challenges the player if the ball is not on the appropriate portion of the green. There is also a small collection bow in the front of the green that will send many shots off the green to the front fringe. This hole is very difficult and makes par a great score.
- Par: 4
- Yards: 422
The ninth hole presents another breathtaking view from the tee down to a challenging hole with the beautiful, 54,000 square-foot clubhouse in the background. The tee shot on this 422-yard par-4 is over a stream that winds down the entire right side of the hole. The green is 43 paces deep with a bunker starting at the front-right and wrapping around the right side of the green. The back hole location is very difficult to access, with long and right spelling certain disaster.
- Par: 4
- Yards: 384
The first of only three par-4s on this side. The 10th hole is a straight, 359-yard, par-4 hole with a bunker guarding the left side of the fairway, 267 yards from the tee. Bunkers also protect the right and left side of this well-protected green. This hole can be played with a driver and short iron, but beware of the back-right hole location that may tempt you into an unwise play.
- Par: 5
- Yards: 517
The first of three par-5s on this nine, the 11th hole measures 517 yards. The drive is from an elevated tee over a stream that bends to the right. The fairway is protected on the left side with two fairway bunkers off the tee and a third bunker 70 yards short of the green. The green is protected on the front-right with a bunker and overhanging oak trees. making the front=right hole location difficult to access. The shape of this green deceives a player into thinking there is more green to the left than there is, leaving many players long and left with a difficult greenside shot. Take advantage of your opportunities. This is definitely a birdie hole.
- Par: 3
- Yards: 186
At 186 yards, No. 12 is the first of three par-3s on this side. The tee shot is all carry into a slight breeze. The green is angled to allow access to the front of the green, but it also makes it increasingly difficult to reach a back hole location. The green is protected in the front, right and back left with bunkers. The entire left side falls below the surface of the green, leaving a very difficult pitch onto the sloping green. The hole location can make a difference of three clubs, making club selection a premium if a player is to attack the hole for birdie.
- Par: 5
- Yards: 568
A spectacular view greets the player as they approach the tee and the 568-yard, par-5 13th hole. The tee shot is played over a small pond to an angled fairway leading to a canyon that can sometimes force the longer hitter to lay up. Several oak trees are placed in the canyon to create the appearance of a bush at the end of the fairway. A tee shot too close to these trees can make for a difficult second shot. The brave player might try to reach the green in two, but there is a cross-bunker 80 yards from the green and another directly in front of the green that must be avoided. If the pin is on the right side of the green, the right side of the second fairway becomes a much more generous position for your third shot.
- Par: 4
- Yards: 455
The 455-yard, dogleg-left, par-4 14th hole is one of the most difficult on the course. Short hitters must play down the right side of the fairway to leave an open shot to the green, while longer hitters can play more aggressively down the left side. However, missing the fairway left usually spells disaster and makes par a difficult pursuit. The second shot is played with a mid-to-long-iron to a well-bunkered green. The left bunkers are very deep and come progressively into play as the golfer attempts to attack the back hole location. This par-4 is truly a beautiful hole that welcomes you into the heart of the back nine.
- Par: 3
- Yards: 189
The 189-yard par-3 is the signature hole of Sherwood Country Club. You are greeted by a spectacular view over seven pools and 14 waterfalls with beautiful mountains set as the backdrop. The tee shot is all carry over the water to a green that is only 21 paces deep, so make sure you have the right club or par will become unattainable.
- Par: 5
- Yards: 567
The 16th hole, a par-5, 567-yard hole studded with large sycamore trees, is one of the most beautiful and fun holes on the course. A stream crosses it three times and then widens to the right of the green to surround an island. The tee shot is very intimidating with two bunkers protecting the left side and a stream running the length of the fairway on the right side and crossing the fairway 330 yards from the tee. The second shot presents a decision for the longer hitters. The safe play is to lay up to a landing area the size of a football field. The gamble is an aggressive play for the green in two that requires crossing the stream twice to an extremely narrow green protected by a large oak tree and a series of mounds on the right, and a bunker and water on the right.
- Par: 3
- Yards: 166
The tee shot on the 166-yard, par-3 17th hole is from an elevated tee to the smallest green on the course. A large, very deep collection bunker gathers most of the shots short of the green, and a small hazard with a waterfall protects the back of the green. Missing the green to the right will often result in a bounce off the bank onto the green. Needless to say, club selection is very important on this innocent-looking hole.
- Par: 4
- Yards: 444
Nicklaus calls the 444-yard, par-4 18th hole the finest finishing hole he has ever created. The tee shot is blind and must be played down the left side, allowing the left-to-right slope to take the ball to the middle of the fairway. A mid-to-long iron approach awaits. The second shot must be played to a multi-level green that presents an extremely visually-intimidating shot. The green is protected in front with a rock-filled pond that flows into a waterfall on the right and is connected to another waterfall and stream on the left, leaving very little room for error short of the green. There is also a bunker on the left that will catch balls that are missed slightly left. The back-right portion of the green is protected by the waterfall, a deep pot-bunker and a deep grass-bunker. Most shots left short of this green find the water, but balls over the green face a chip or pitch from the deep rough to a green sloping away from the player, taking the shot right back toward the bunker and water. This is truly a classic finishing hole that ranks as one of the finest in the world.
Past World Challenge champions:
2012 - Graeme McDowell
2011 - Tiger Woods
2010 - Graeme McDowell
2009 - Jim Furyk
2008 - Vijay Singh
2007 - Tiger Woods
2006 - Tiger Woods
2005 - Luke Donald
2004 - Tiger Woods
2003 - Davis Love III
2002 - Padraig Harrington
2001 - Tiger Woods
2000 - Davis Love III
1999 - Tom Lehman
Past World Challenge sites:
2012 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2011 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2010 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2009 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2008 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2007 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2006 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2005 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2004 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2003 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2002 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2001 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2000 - Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
1999 - Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.