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100-Year Anniversary Celebration Continues at Stockton Golf and Country Club

100-Year Anniversary Celebration Continues at Stockton Golf and Country Club

July 30, 2014

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The 100-year anniversary celebration continues at Stockton Golf and Country Club.

As part of media day, on Tuesday the club hosted among others past club officials, officials from the NCGA and Northern California PGA and local dignitaries.

Only 13 other courses in Northern California have reached the 100-year milestone.

In its 100 years, the club has hosted some of golf’s greatest names.

Walter Hagen, whose 11 major wins is only surpassed by Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, shot an 80 on the course during an exhibition in 1926.

Others to tee it up at the club include Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Doug Sanders, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Johnny Miller.

The club is currently the home course of 2002 U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes, who owns the course record (62).

Founded in 1914 by a group of local citizens, Stockton Golf and Country Club began as a nine-hole layout with sand greens located about five miles outside downtown.

It was in the late 1920s that architect Sam Whiting, who played a major role in the creation of the Lake and Ocean Courses at The Olympic Club and TPC Harding Park, expanded the park-style course to 18 holes.

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More recently, in the mid-1990’s architect John Harbottle rebuilt all 18 greens to USGA specifications. Around the same time, new irrigation and drainage systems were also installed.

The changes led to the course being designated as a qualifying site for the 1990 U.S. Open at Medinah.

In 2003, members of the private club approved building a new clubhouse which features, among other amenities, a state-of-the-art fitness center and member dining rooms with spectacular views overlooking the golf course and San Joaquin River.

Other events to be held at the club as part of the 100th anniversary celebration include an upcoming family day, a country fair day and a festivities-ending Black and White Ball in December.

-Jerry Stewart

 

Author: Jerry Stewart

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