When Jack Nicklaus completed Sherwood Country Club for industrialist David Murdock in the late 1980s, critics immediately compared it to No. 26 Shadow Creek, which Nicklaus felt was unfair, since his land—a river valley with homesites on high surrounding hills—was far more natural than the barren Vegas desert. But critics were comparing ledger books. They spent lots of money at Sherwood. Several hundred mature oaks were transplanted at an estimated cost of $6 million. The massive boulders edging some fairways were trucked in as well, and the ponds and streams guarding landing areas and greens were manufactured by experts in that business. In the end, it added up to producing one of the best courses money could buy, until the drought of 2014. Nicklaus returned in 2016 to approve agronomic improvements that reduce water use by 25 percent. Sherwood remains a great layout, but more austere in presentation.
100 Greatest: Ranked 79th, 1993-'94. Ranked 95th, 1995-'96.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked from 2013-'16 and 2019-'22. Highest ranking: No. 143, 2015-'16. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 180.
Best in State: Ranked 16th, 2015-'16. Ranked 18th, 2011-'12. Ranked 19th, 2013-'14. Ranked 20th, 2017-'18, 2021-'22. Ranked 25th, 2019-'20.