As a golf player, once in a while you come across a course, which holds a special place in your heart.
The Jack Nicklaus designed 18 hole, Par 72, Sherwood Hills Golf Club is one such course which has that special place in my heart.
Apparently it’s rumored that this course also has a special place in the “Golden Bear”, Jack Nicklaus’s heart because of its technically perfect designed details.
Only when you have played at this course will you be able to appreciate this. The natural contour of the land was sculptured into the design of the golf architecture. This accounted for the ravines lining most of the left side of the front nine, which makes the course more difficult.
In direct contrast to the Camp John Hay course design, Jack Nicklaus opted for native grass like Bahia and Cogan to carpet the fairways and greens. This is what gives the fairways and greens their multifaceted hues and textures. The tough and firm native grasses also made the greens fast.
The back nine is more scenic giving the players a reprieve from the more challenging front nine.
As mentioned above, the front nine is more difficult than the back nine to play and needs to be played cautiously if you want to score low.
For example, from the 1st hole fairway from the gold tee is 405 yards in length. Your tee shot is faced with bunkers and a ravine on the right. Along the length of fairway, you have more hazards and bunkers.
Last but not least the approach to the green is across another ravine with a high walled bunker on the left of the green.
It won’t be easy for you to ease into your round here. Make sure you have warmed up and have had a few practice swings before teeing off!
Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Manila is a difficult course at 7,265-yards when you play it from the Gold Tees.
It will play even longer when the dreadful wind blows. Nonetheless it is the strong Cavitian wind which completes your golfing experience here at Sherwood Hills Golf Club.
Generally the course is friendly without the wind but an absolute monster when it’s raging!
The highlights of Sherwood Hills Golf Course are the par 4s. There are eight par 4’s over 400 yards in length and six par 4’s which are over 430 yards.
These extra large par 4’s add another dimension of thrill to your game especially when played from the correct set of Tees.
To make up for the extra challenge, Jack Nicklaus provided par 5’s which are reachable in 2 shots, if your good enough. These par 5’s will represent some great opportunities to score under par.
The grounds are served by a clubhouse which is American Southwest colonial in design and is the homiest, most relaxing place to put your spikes up and enjoy a nice cold beer!
The club’s restaurant veranda feels like a large living room rather than a restaurant. The 18th green fronts the veranda and is just a few yards over the cart path.
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Personally, I would say that there is not a bad hole on the Sherwood Hills Golf Course.
The game resistance, shot value and layout of the course are just way off the charts. If there is anything to complain about, it would be the condition of the course, however this will only hold true when compared to other courses like the one at Sta. Elena, Mt. Malarayat.
Besides that, to me Sherwood Hills Golf Club is one of the best golf courses in the Philippines.
How do I get to Sherwood Hills Golf Course?
The Sherwood Hills Golf Club is situated about one and half hours drive outside Manila in Trece Martirez City, Cavite.
To get there, take the Coastal road. This way you don’t have to fight the traffic in and around Manila. When you reach Aguinaldo Highway, continue straight on until you reach Robinson Place Mall Pala-Pala in Dasmarinas.
At the traffic light junction, turn right and go straight to Trece Martirez. Just look out for the Sherwood Hills Golf Club’s signage on the left.
If you feel like a round, have a look here, for some great rates and tee times.