Central California Golf Courses

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Public and Private Golf Courses

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A golf course consists of a series of holes, each consisting of a teeing ground, fairway, rough and other hazards, and a green with a flagstick (pin) and cup, all designed for the game of golf. A standard round of golf consists of playing 18 holes, thus most golf courses have this number of holes. Some, however, only have nine holes and the course is played twice per round, while others have 27 or 36 and choose two groups of nine holes at a time for novelty and maintenance reasons. Many older golf courses, often coastal, are golf links, of a different style to others. For non-municipal courses, there is usually a golf club based at each course

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Public Golf Courses

Bethel Island Golf Course
3303 Gateway Road, Bethel Island

This flat course, located on an island, has plenty of trees, as well as a lake that sits off hole #10. The greens are tricky and have considerable break. One of the tougher holes on the course is #17, a 524-yard, par 5, requiring a second shot that must avoid a canal that bisects the fairway. The canal also must be crossed off the tee, or with the second shot, on hole #11, a 357-yard, par 4.

Dry Creek Ranch Golf Course
309 Crystal Way, Galt

A very challenging municipal course that is particularly good in the winter. Long with lots of trees and traps.

Opened in 1965, the golf course features a Jack Fleming design (he was construction superintendent for Alistair McKenzie) of a natural, old style, easily walkable layout amongst many huge oak and walnut trees.

Forest Lake Golf Course
2450 East Woodson Road, Acampo

A nice 9-hole course; challenging holes. The yardage is maybe low to average but the way the course is set up there's a lot of walking required between holes - You can rent a cart if you want

French Camp Golf Course
3919 East French Camp Road, Manteca

French Camp Golf Course was expanded to a full eighteen hole, executive length, par 60 course in 2001. Originally a target style course, the fairways are open, narrow and many fairway sand bunkers are incorporated into the design. The two and three-tiered greens are fast and extremely undulating. Water hazards (lakes and creeks) come into play on many holes. Group and private lessons are available at their full service driving range. For additional information call the pro shop at (209) 234-3030 or log on to the club's website above.

Grand Island Inn and Mansion
14340 Old Drive Road, Walnut Grove
916-776 -1319

Jack Tone Golf
1500 Ruess Rd
Ripon, CA 95366
209-599-2973, fax 209-599-2973

A very wide open executive course with average-sized fairways that are undulating and fast. There is one lake on the course that comes into play on three holes, primarily on the course's signature hole, #17, a 127-yard, par 3. Strategy on this hole critically depends on a prevailing wind from the left. If the wind is present, a low punch shot is recommended. If no wind exists, golfers may opt for a high tee shot onto the green.

La Contenta Golf Club
1653 Highway 26, Valley Springs

Set in the rolling foothills thirty-five miles east from the City of Stockton, this tight and hilly course challenges you with out-of-bounds stakes lining fourteen holes and water hazards coming into play on nine holes. The signature hole is #13, a 185-yard, par 3, which drops 100 feet from off the tee to an L-shaped green almost completely surrounded by water. Be ready to hit plenty of blind shots as well as approach shots from off sidehill lies. The layout is in excellent shape and affords outstanding vistas of the surrounding area on virtually every hole.

Lockeford Springs Golf Course
16360 N. Highway 88, Lodi

Fourteen holes that were cut out of an old walnut tree orchard. The natural setting makes this course quite scenic. The terrain is flat, yet the fairways do have some mounding. The greens are sloped and undulating. There is a creek that meanders through the course that comes into play on only a couple of holes. The signature hole is #18, a 514-yard, par 5, which plays to a dogleg fairway with a lake on the left and a waterfall and stream that flow into the lake. In addition, this hole has an L-shaped green with a canal on the right and the lake on the left. Fivesomes are only allowed if all the players ride.

Lyons Golf Course
Rough & Ready Island
Stockton, CA 95203

This course is good for beginners yet still has some challenging holes. Water comes into play on all of the holes. The greens are fast and tough to read.

Manteca Park Golf Course
305 N Union Rd
Manteca, CA 95337
209-825-2500, fax 209-825-2506

This course was built on predominantly flat terrain. The fairways are narrow and heavily tree lined. Water hazards and sand bunkers come into play on most of the holes throughout the course. The greens are small, flat and generally fast.

Micke Grove Golf Links
11401 North Micke Grove Rd, Lodi

A links-style course that is nestled among Lodi's wine grape vineyards. There are eight lakes that come into play on a number of holes. The signature hole is #14, a 179-yard, par 3, requiring a tee shot over water to a green framed with railroad ties in front.

Swenson Park Golf Course [MAP] Click photo for larger image
6803 Alexandria Place, Stockton, 95207

This club offers a regulation eighteen hole course and a nine hole par 3 course. These courses are very well designed and very inexpensive to play. There are numerous old trees on the courses that can affect your shots. Weekend tee times are reserved the Monday prior.

Van Buskirk Park Golf Course [MAP]
1740 Houston Avenue, Stockton Ca 95206

This course has many trees lining its fairways. It is a good course for beginners. There is one large lake that comes into play on a couple of holes.

Private Golf Courses

Brookside Country Club
St. Andrews Drive, Stockton, Ca 95219

An old traditional course that features narrow fairways that are well defined by a high cut of rough. There are water hazards that come into play on several holes. The most demanding features on this course are the extremely difficult closing holes; #16, #17, and #18, all requiring shots over, or alongside, water hazards. The greens are somewhat undulating and fast.

Elkhorn Country Club
1050 West Elkhorn Drive, Stockton, Ca 95209

Many tourists are attracted to this club because of its scenic beauty. The terrain is mostly flat, and the fairways are tree lined. The well-bunkered greens are undulating and fast. This club has hosted PGA qualifying tournaments, as well as an annual invitational hosted by University of Pacific. Robert Muir Graves redesigned the course in 1978.

Oakmore Golf Club
Stockton Ca, 95212

This short course features narrow fairways and water hazards on some holes. The greens are very small and sometimes fast. The course does not have members, it deals strictly with companies or large groups that want to host tournaments or outings. Please call ahead for arrangements and prices. There is no pro shop at this course. There are additional tees that can be used when playing an eighteen hole round.

The Reserve at Spanos Park
6301 West Eight Mile Road
Stockton, CA 95219-8702

An eighteen hole facility with a links-style design. The course is easily walkable and you shouldn't find any uphill or downhill lies, but rolling hills do line the fairways. This course has eight lakes in the design, which come into play on twelve holes, and large, strategically-placed sand bunkers. The well-protected greens are small and have some quick breaks, which place an emphasis on shot making. There is a wealth of variety in golf holes available throughout the design. The Reserve is a par-72, 7,000-yard course designed by golf course architect Andy Raugust. The Reserve is the centerpiece of Spanos Park, with a 12-acre practice facility, a 6,500-square foot clubhouse, restaurant and snack bar, banquet facilities tournament pavilion and a clubhouse verandah overlooking the 18th green. Water hazards, fast-breaking greens and strategically placed bunkers make this course a challenge for golfers of all handicaps

Spring Creek Golf Course & Country Club
16436 E Spring Creek Dr
Ripon, CA 95366
209-599-3630, fax 209-599-6994

A beautiful course with numerous old oak trees lining the fairways that can affect your shots. The course also has water hazards coming into play on some holes.

Stockton Golf and Country Club Click photo for larger image

3800 Country Club Boulevard, Stockton, Ca 95204

A very old course with old and large trees lining its fairways. The greens are large, fast, and undulating. There are many sand bunkers guarding the fairways and greens. In addition, a lot of water comes into play around the course. Robert Muir Graves has remodeled the course during the last decade.

Venetian Gardens Golf Course
1555 Mosaic Way
Stockton, CA 95207
209-477-3871, fax 209-477-2337

This residential community's par 3 course is used for basic recreation by its members. The terrain is flat, but water hazards come into play on every hole but one. Each hole's yardage is under 100 yards in length. There is no pro shop on site. Guests play at no charge when accompanied by a member.

 Woodbridge Golf Club
950 E. Woodbridge Rd, Lodi

This club uses three separate nine hole courses as three different eighteen hole combinations. These courses are very tight because there is a well-defined cut of rough and many trees lining its mounded fairways. The greens on these courses are small and sloped. There are many well-placed sand bunkers, and a creek comes into play on all three courses. These courses are located in the middle of wine country, so you'll have some great views of the surrounding vineyards. All three courses were redesigned by Robert Muir Graves in 1985.

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