Sherwood Hills Golf Club

Course Data
Location Manila, Philippines
Yardage 7265 yards Par 72
Course Rating 75.1
Playing Date Jan. 14, 2007
Designer Jack Nicklaus
Opened 1998
Caddy Yes
Golf Cart Yes (Can be driven on FW)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.75
Course Layout
5
Difficulty Level
5
Greens Conditions
4
Fairways Conditions
4
Landscaping & Views
5
Satisfaction Level
5
 

A view from clubhouse

Sherwood Hills Golf Club is a strategic course that utilizes valleys, bunkers, and ponds, all on a 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 is a very challenging course, 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.

 
Hole 1 Par 4 405 yards

Hole 1 Par 4 405 yards (2)

Hole 1 Par 4 405 yards (1)
A par four with a right bending dogleg. The ideal tee shot should be over the right fairway bunker. The second shot needs to cross over a shallow valley.
 
Hole 4 Par 5 566 yards
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 & third shots. Players should avoid the deep bunkers to the left side of the green sloping from back to front.

 

Hole 4 Par 5 566 yards (3)

Hole 4 Par 5 566 yards (2)

Hole 4 Par 5 566 yards (1)
 
Hole 8 Par 5 525 yards
A par five with a double right bending dogleg with a hazard running along the right side. Long hitters can hit the green in two shots, but may encounter some troubles, as they need to negotiate with the bunkers protecting the front of the green sloping slightly from back to front.

 

Hole 8 Par 5 525 yards (3)

Hole 8 Par 5 525 yards (2)

Hole 8 Par 5 525 yards (1)
 
Hole 9 Par 4 468 yards
A signature hole. A straight par four with both the tee and second shots requiring an over-the-lake crossing. The tee shot needs the distance on this long hole. The second shot is demanding with a greater challenge due to the diagonally penetrating pond in front of the green.
 

9th green

Hole 9 Par 4 468 yards (2)

Hole 9 Par 4 468 yards (1)
 
Hole 12 Par 5 558 yards
A slight dogleg to the right. On the second shot, players should best avoid the deadly long rough that is located on the right side of the fairway. The third shot will require players to hit over the long rough and a tall tree.
 

Hole 12 Par 5 558 yards (3)

Hole 12 Par 5 558 yards (2)

Hole 12 Par 5 558 yards (1)
 
Hole 15 Par 5 532 yards
A slight dogleg to the left. A carry of 250 yards will be required off the tee to negotiate with a series of seven bunkers lining up along the fairway. If players can hit over the bunkers, they have big chances to hit the green in two. The green is deep & narrow, and is surrounded by a bunker to its left and a shallow hollow to its right.
 

Hole 15 Par 5 532 yards (3)

Hole 15 Par 5 532 yards (2)

Hole 15 Par 5 532 yards (1)
 
Hole 16 Par 3 192 yards

16th hole seen from the green

Hole 16 Par 3 192 yards
Another signature hole and a pretty par 3 over a valley. The undulating green is guarded by two bunkers in a row in its front.
 
Hole 18 Par 4 462 yards
A relatively straight and long par four with an over-a-valley tee shot. On the second shot, players will encounter a potentially troublesome lake obliquely placed to the front left of the green. This is a hole that requires both distance and accuracy for players to hit the green on regulation.
 

Hole 18 Par 4 462 yards (3)

Hole 18 Par 4 462 yards (2)

Hole 18 Par 4 462 yards(1)
 
19th hole

To get to Mount Malarayat, it is a 80-mnutet drive from Makati city.

The other Jack Nicklaus designed courses in the Philippines are Manila Southwoods G&CC, Camp John Hey GC and Forest Hills GC. The 2017 edition of the Top 100 Golf Course of the World (top 100 golfcourses.com) ranked this course as No.3 in its category of best 30 courses in Philippines. As of 2015 there are a total of 100 courses in Philippines.