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South 209 offers top-notch courses for golfing enthusiasts

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South 209 offers top-notch courses for golfing enthusiasts

Ashley Olsen putts during a high school girls golf game at Diablo Grande.


POSTED March 17, 2012 1:12 a.m.

South Stanislaus and Merced counties have a wide variety of public and private channels for golf connoisseurs and enthusiasts.  The top three courses vary in landscape, as well as community and features. 

Turlock Golf and Country Club

Turlock Golf and Country Club is one of the oldest courses in the Central Valley.  Founded in 1924, this 18-hole course includes 57 bunkers and five water holes and features an array of activities for men, women, couples and juniors.   This is one of the many courses that is open to the public, and is ideal for both family and business gatherings. The club also provides a large market for equipment and apparel in their pro shop.  One of the course’s best assets is its staff, which includes PGA professionals qualified to provide private or group lessons to men, women and junior golfers. 

Stevinson Ranch

Stevenson Ranch is rated number five in the country. It is one of the first courses in California to team up with Cenergy power and is run primarily on solar energy. This course, located 13 miles south of Turlock, includes the standard 18-hole run as well as specialty features such as water, sand and grasses with a hiking trail where members can enjoy local wildlife.  One of the most popular activities is their Rooster Ranch Hunt Club. Members can hunt water fowl along 15 miles of the San Joaquin River in addition to sporting clays and trap shooting.  Stevinson Ranch also offers luxury lodging.

Diablo Grande

Located in the hills of Patterson, Diablo Grande features two courses with 36 holes enclosed by a mass of creeks, oaks and canyons.  This club includes both public access and private membership.  It has also hosted Northern California PGA and Northern California Open Tournaments on its highly rated championship course and offers lessons from PGA instructors.  Diablo Grande is one of the more up scale courses in the region. Diablo Grande also hosts holiday events open to public and private members.

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