Sherman Hills Golf Club Tells the Tale of Two Nines

Sherman Hills: 15th hole

The 15th hole is a par 5, dog-leg left with trees on both sides of fairway. An accurate drive here is a must to avoid trouble later.

The front and back nines at Sherman Hills Golf Club tell two completely different stories. Each side has its own look and feel. The front side is links-style with open fairways, sand traps with waste bunkers, and up-and-down tee shots – giving you the chance to swing big on certain shots but also having to control yourself on others. The back nine is a little tighter, with trees and narrow fairways where you will have to be more accurate with your tee shots, and on second and third shots.

Sherman Hills isn’t a very long course. It plays from just under 6800 yards to just over 4300 yards from 5 different sets of tees. Once again choosing the right tees will make your round more enjoyable and at a good pace of play. Having not played there in several years I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the course was in good shape from tee to green. The fairways were trimmed and the sand traps were raked. The somewhat larger greens were also in good shape and true on the putts – they were a little slow though.

The pace of play was good and I got around the course in 2 1/2 hours. The price was a deal at $21 for my late morning weekday round. I loaded my clubs to a cart that has GPS on it, which is always nice when you play a course you’re not familiar with.  I also spent some time in the practice area before my round. There are two putting greens, a small one by the driving range and a bigger one by the clubhouse. They also have a small driving range.

Sherman Hills is a nice golf course giving you a chance to test all aspects of your game from big drives to short irons.  It is located a little farther out from downtown Tampa taking about 45 minutes to an hour to get there.  Take I-75 north to exit 301. For more information, tee times and directions go to www.shermanhillsgolfclub.com.

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