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.
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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.
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.