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Get into the swing at 209 golf courses By DENNIS D. CRUZ

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when you tee off,” said general manager Rick Morgan. The course has many challenges for golfers as it features numerous bunkers, water hazards and plenty of trees. According to Morgan, hole two is the most challenging on the course, forcing golfers to get in the game right away. “Hole two is 410 yards with a par four. There is a carry over water hazard that doglegs right. It can be a challenging hole, but golfers look forward to playing it,” he said. Oakdale Golf and Country Club has been a staple for golfers in the area since the prestigious country club opened its doors on July 3, 1961. A group of six men, known at the time as “The Big Six” founded the country club. It was a ninehole course until 1975, when it expanded into a full 18-hole course. Today the course hosts approximately 470 golfing members and 185 social members. Oakdale Golf and Country Club is known as an equity

t is hard to beat spring time in the 209. The sun is shining, the days are longer, the birds are chirping, and perhaps the best way to enjoy Mother Nature is to head to a local golf course. There are several golf courses and country clubs in the area. Whether they’re private or public, the region has you covered if you’re looking to enjoy a round of golf this spring. Saddle Creek in Copperopolis is a unique golf course and resort with its 17 1,200-square feet bungalows, sports club facility with swimming pools, weight rooms and fine dining just steps away at Copper Grille. In a recent issue of Golf Digest, Saddle Creek Resort was voted the number 12 course in California. “What makes us stand out from other courses in California is that every hole is different. Meaning no two holes are similar in yardage or scenery. Each hole is secluded and you can’t see the next hole 209MAGAZINE

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