Sherwood Country Club is welcoming Caitlyn Jenner with open arms.
Jenner, 65, has been a member at the high-end California country club for more than 15 years. On June 1, Vanity Fair released its upcoming issue with Jenner on the cover accompanied with the tagline, “Call me Caitlyn,” to reveal Jenner’s completed gender transition. A day later, TMZ reported that there were problems with Jenner’s use of the men’s locker room and main dining room and that rules were in place to segregate her from other male members.
Sherwood Country Club adamantly denied the report in a statement to Golf.com, saying the club was “very disappointed and surprised to learn of TMZ’s alleged news post.”
“TMZ never contacted the Club for any input into its story about Caitlyn Jenner, and it shows,” the statement read. “The story is almost entirely false, other than the fact that Bruce Jenner has been a valued long term member at the Club in good standing. That fact has not changed one bit. Caitlyn Jenner will continue to be a valued member of Sherwood Country Club, enjoying all that it has to offer to its members.”
In Vanity Fair’s cover story, Jenner cracked a golf joke about her decision to undergo a gender transition. “I’m not doing this so I can hit it off the women’s tees,” she said. The Olympic gold medalist only picked up the game as a 50-year-old but carries a 5.3 handicap at Sherwood. She also told Vanity Fair that she plans to do a segment for her new E! reality show in which she will see if she can still hit a golf ball 300 yards.
“Sherwood Country Club cherishes its members, and their privacy, and will not comment on anything regarding its members’ private use and enjoyment of the Club, including Caitlyn Jenner’s future use of the Club,” the club said.