It’s December, and most of us are thinking more about setting up the Christmas tree, planning a weekend ski trip or something fun for early in the New Year, how unfathomable it seemed at the beginning of the season that the Colts would be 3 TD underdogs to the Patriots in Week 13, or thinking about pretty much anything other than golf.  After the Tour Championship there’s pretty much no reason to watch golf on tv, right?  Oh so wrong.  October to December used to be termed the “silly season” for its random mixture of exhibition-like events, but now with Official World Golf Ranking points and boatloads of cash available, these events are escalating in popularity for both players and fans quickly.

This week is the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood CC in Thousand Oaks, CA where Tiger Woods is the host.  The event extends special invitations to 18 of the top 50 players in the world, and always draws a stellar field.  This year’s field includes the likes of Jason Day, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar and other top names, also including Tiger of course.  Actually the host himself (Tiger) just eked into the field by being number 50 in the world at the cutoff date, which had he been ranked any lower (or higher depending how you look at it- worse basically), he wouldn’t have even been eligible for his own event despite being a 4-time champion (the Tour was practically ready to modify the eligibility requirements had that happened, but that’s a different story).  Last year, as you may remember, Tiger finished runner up to Graeme McDowell after losing in a playoff.

The Sherwood CC course is absolutely stunning, and serves as a superb venue for the event.  The layout winds through the hills just outside of LA, has some elevation changes and is penal off the tee with trouble lurking off both sides of the fairways on many holes.  The course also has 5 par 5s, and several short par 4s, providing for great risk/reward scoring opportunities.  Check out a few of the pics below and you’ll see what I mean when I refer to the property as stunning.  Many of you may recognize the course as the past host of the “Showdown at Sherwood” when Tiger Woods went head-to-head with David Duval in 1998 in a made for tv exhibition event (what happened to those types of primetime golf events by the way?).

So, tune in this weekend for some green grass and sunshine.  It’ll definitely be well worth the flip away from football, especially after Tim Tebow runs 48 times for 210 yards against my beloved Vikings.  Hey, it’s all about the draft pick at this point anyway.

Coverage runs Thursday and Friday from 2pm-5pm on Golf Channel and the same time Saturday and Sunday on NBC.  Enjoy.

Joel Harrington

Sherwood CC

Sherwood CC Hole 18, clubhouse

Sherwood CC Hole 18, clubhouse