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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Coveting my neighbor's course: Sherwood Country Club

My friend Scott over at Time Fore Tee had the good fortune to play the ultra-exclusive Sherwood Country Club as a reward for volunteering at the Target World Challenge. I'm sure that's the only way I'll ever be able to play there myself, but so far I haven't been able to take the weekdays needed to do the volunteering. Hmmm... of course if I got an invite, I'd somehow manage to take a weekday off to play the course!

Anyway, Scott has done this for several years now but now that he has a blog he has written a post about this year's Volunteer Day playing experience. Sure, he pimps his wares in the post, the fine Tartan Golf Grips he creates - why shouldn't he - but most of it is about the golf! He wrote about the actual volunteering in another post, but I get more excited about playing golf than watching the pros play. Especially on a sweet course like Sherwood. I will play there one day!


It is quite a long write up, giving salivating readers like me a nice big juicy taste of what a day spent playing at Sherwood is like. He explains how his camera battery took a dive so there aren't as many photos as he (or I) would like but there are still quite a few! In the post, he points out how it's been very dry and windy out here lately so the course is dry and the greens are fast. Then he mentions the "cart path only" rule they made the players use that day. Usually that rule is for when it's wet and they don't want the carts to damage the course. Maybe they just don't trust the riff raff not to do burnouts on the fairways.

I guess it's awfully nice of them to let the volunteers play at all. I mean, this is no ordinary country club. If I put all my golf beans in one kettle I could have a membership at a few of the clubs around here. Not Sherwood. I could maybe swing the annual dues, but not the ~$400K+ membership fee (I think it's less if you own a house in Sherwood - another $5 million+).

So until I get an invite or earn my own way on by volunteering, I'll just sit back and covet. And read about others' experiences there to make me drool and covet even more.

Next post.

4 comments:

Patricia said...

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's course"...better brush up on your commandments GolfChick. Though I'll admit Sherwood CC looks very covetable. Leave it to Scott, right?

Golfchick said...

I am - didn't you see my last post? Those are my commandments. :)

Scott said...

Pimping has such an, ummm, GUTTURAL sound about it...

I prefer to think if it as helping to build AWARENESS of the product...

But seriously, ALL of the volunteers are SERIOUSLY appreciative of the course and tournament organizers working together to give us this very special opportunity.

If it sounds like I'm sucking up, it's because I am...

We all realize how special it is to get out and play this beautiful course, and that opportunity keeps many of us coming back for many, many years - besides, it's a totally cool event! (AND, it's basically in my backyard!)

You should come out and volunteer - we need more women on the teams!

Beaker said...

What a great course! i love private courses!! keep blogging!!!