Golf Stockton and San Joaquin County
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.
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
N. Highway 88, Lodi
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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.