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club, meaning each of the 470 members own a share in the club. Outside of that, member benefits include flexible teetimes and social events A unique feature at the club is that it is also known as “The Country Club in the country.” Meaning that unlike other clubs, the dress code is more lenient. “We are a working man’s golf course. Meaning that if you have denim, and tailor made golf clothes, then you can wear that. We want our members to be comfortable. As far as a strict dress code, we don’t believe in that,” said general manager Rick Schultz. Oakdale Golf and Country Club prides itself on the family atmosphere that it provides. “We host an event here almost on a daily basis, whether it is the high school golfers, from both Oakdale and Escalon, or the ladies who come out here and hold their events. It is also a destination for those who are retired. They come from far and near to play here,” said Schultz, who has been the general manager for the past eight years. Another great golfing destination is Ripon’s Spring Creek, which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. On July 17 and 18, Spring Creek will host a special tournament along with a dance to follow. Spring Creek is a full 18-hole course, and provides other perks as well. “Fifty years in the community and it is still going strong. It has a classic feel to it, even though we have made a few upgrades. Three years ago we added the country club to it. Inside the new facility, we provide a fitness center,” said general manager Steve Hupe. Spring Creek offers a unique program to those who are interested in joining, called the Prelude Program. The program allows those who are interested a six-month free trial. This program allows golfers to test out the perks of being a full member before taking on the yearly membership and monthly dues. And whether you look to golf for primarily socializing with a little bit of sport, or take it on for the fitness and sporting aspect with a little time after to socialize at the 19th hole, the 209 serves up a variety of courses that will help you fill the bill. ■
Hole 17 Scenery: A look over the water at Oakdale Golf and Country Club during sunset, where the sun peaks through the trees and dances on the water. Spring is typically a beautiful time to golf in the 209.
Hole 17: A view from hole 17 at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. Hole 17 features bunkers and a water hazard as well as trees. Outside of its beautiful scenery and hazards, hole 17 also includes a stone bench for spectators.