OK, I have written about Sherwood in the past, and I was VERY worried about this course! It is a hidden local spot, that doesn't get a ton of play outside the ones who want to get away from the busy courses around Fresno. My thoughts have started to sway in the past month. First and foremost, I received an email in early December from the owners, or the daughter who was taking over the course to inform people who subscribe to their emails that course improvements were going to begin in the winter and proceed into the spring.
The issues that many of us that play out at Sherwood have always complained about were many of the things that were on the list.
I have played out there twice in the past couple weeks, and I will be the first to say, the email and the improvements are noticeable! The fairways, are actually looking like fairways, where as before there was good areas, and then there were areas that looked like a thick patch of rough in the middle of the fairway. There now is a significant different in fairway length and rough length. The fairways are getting cut properly and you actually can get some run out on the fairways. The rough, is thick in areas, but still playable.
The greens, first off, when you played Sherwood in the past, you always expected SLOW greens. Well now, those slow greens are a thing of the past, instead of getting some hairy, thick grass on the greens, they are rolled and cut well where the ball moves much faster than one used to be accustomed to. But there is patched that they are trying to fill in with one of the old putting greens. This is something that shows they are making efforts to improve the course. So this was understanding of the rough patches that they are trying to alleviate.
All in all, I think this course will get better as long as they continue to make these improvements. I think with now, the right care that this course is getting, I think it will be a much better course to play.
Will it top some of the bigger and better courses around the Fresno area? No but if you want to work on hitting less than driver, and keeping your ball in the fairway and out of the trees, this is a course that will really make you think, and hit clubs to certain yardages, not only off the tee, but into greens! Not a bombers course because it still is VERY narrow in spots and if you get into the trees, you have to get creative and/or take your medicine.
Rates are fair, get on their email list and they send out lower rates. They are also on Golf Moose as well!
Hoping the improvements continue out at this old course!» Close