I thought I would change gears for a bit and discuss a topic that I have not really touched upon in my blog so far, where to play. I have a couple of favorite courses I like to play when I just need to get out and shake off the rust off or just to have a predictable and enjoyable round. By far my favorite is Jack Tone Golf in Ripon, CA. Now Jack Tone will not win any contests as the best in the valley but they do have a very nice facility and they take very good care of it. I is not the longest course out there with only a handful of par 4s and one par 5, but what they do have is some of the best greens in my local area. It is the kind of course you hit after work when you want to get in a quick 9 or anytime you have the time for 18.
The course is in great shape and the greens are quick, tightly cut and always well maintained. The picture to the left is of the 380 yard par 4 7th hole. Taken in mid-October it is an example of the natural beauty of the place and shape of the course.
Their practice facility will not win any beauty contests and their practice balls are definitely in need of replacement, but that said, the driving range is full-size so drivers are allowed. They have limited chipping and a poor sand practice area, but the practice greens are awesome.
Prices are also very good with the weekday rate around $15-$20 and the weekend rates in the mid twenties, carts are also available, but I rarely use one. This is the kind of course to bring your push cart and have a nice walk. The course is not hilly but there is an elevation change between the front and back 9 giving you two elevated tee shots and one uphill approach shot to the 9th hole.
All in all, I give Jack Tone high marks for course condition, price, and green conditions. The staff is small-town friendly which makes for a very pleasant overall experience.