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.
You don't have to venture far in the 209 to find a golf course.
MODESTO – Ken Miller might as well have been born with a golf club in his hand.
RIPON - George Buzzini - golf pro and owner of the Jack Tone Golf course - gets a kick out of joking with his customers while his wife Sharon shoulders the chief financial officer responsibilities of keeping the business side on track and profitable.
FRENCH CAMP - Elmer Weintz has a great love for the game.
Q: What's your favorite aspect of your job at the Turlock Golf and Country Club?
MODESTO - Golfing options in Modesto.
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JAMESTOWN - Beginning the weekend of Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
JACKSON - Take a trip back to the great R&B sounds of the '60s when Little Anthony & the Imperials perform live at Jackson Rancheria on Thursday, April 26.
SONORA - Reclamation's Interpretive Speaker and Hike Series returns this Spring at New Melones Lake.
MODESTO - Otto Preminger's Exodus, dramatizing Israel's struggle for independence, will screen this Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. at Modesto's Historic State Theatre.
MODESTO - Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, will play at the Gallo Center for the Arts April 13 through 15.
STOCKTON – All that Kellie Craig-Jacobs needs to do to gauge how well she's doing as a business owner is look towards her bar.
TURLOCK - Some sons play catch with their fathers. Others work on cars.
Most Halloween celebrations last for just a day. At Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center in Manteca, it will be double the fun in two days full of costumes, cupcakes, and live entertainment.
MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.
PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.
STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."
MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"
Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.
Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.
Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.
Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.
For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.
STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.
The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.
TURLOCK – For those walking down Main Street after dark, it is hard to ignore the sound of live music coming from downtown's Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar. What's even harder to miss is the long line of people that can be seen on weekend nights, hoping to get in to the popular venue.
MODESTO – The sharp screeches of an old jukebox.The clanking of glasses. The hum of conversation and the occasional outburst of laughter. There's really nothing like a good night out in a bad bar – well, dingy bar actually – where the beer is cheap and the friends are plentiful and the insults and the banter fly around like the smoke-filled air that used to consume the dive bars that dotted the landscape in and around Modesto.