Years ago, the tule elk roamed the lands surrounding Stockton, bellowing "Fore!" during the rutting season and carving golf holes into the untamed earth with its antlers. Named in honor of that majestic creature, the Elkhorn Golf Club maintains 18 holes on immaculately manicured, generally level grounds. Golfers conquer Tyee 007 bentgrass greens—the same used by US Open site The Olympic Club—which can be mowed low and quick, and roll true and smooth. After a round or two, parties can pile into the Elkhorn Grill for pub fare paired with a frosty craft beer.
The smell of new rubber tires is hard to miss in Robby's Bicycles, the walls lined with hundreds of new bikes just waiting to zip around the streets. In addition to selling new two-wheelers, Robby's tunes, repairs, and safety checks faithful bikes.
The Headwaters owners Dan and Ashlie Arbuckle strive to make aquatic exploration accessible by providing patrons with high-quality equipment, as well as moral support from their canine companion, Henna. The shop rents paddleboards and kayaks to paddlers intent on exploring the Mokelumne River and also organizes guided trips, exhibitions, and private or small group classes for newbies. In addition, fishing kayak packages rent out rod holders, fish finders, and scripts for tall tales about "the one that got away."
The crew at houseboats.com boasts more than 140 years of combined experience in, on, and around boats. They rely on this expertise to match customers up with their ideal watercraft. Customers can cruise placid waters on a boat from the impressive fleet, or climb aboard a stand up paddle board or kayak to explore the picturesque surroundings. Those looking for watery accommodations can rent a houseboat for just a few days, or however long it takes to grow out a bad haircut. Smaller watercraft, such as patio boats, are available to rent for as little as three hours.
High-quality gear and apparel from renowned outfitters such as Rossignal, Merker, and Tecnica line the racks and shelves at 4 Seasons Sports, formerly known as the longstanding Dobler’s Ski Cottage. Here, outdoor-sports enthusiasts can locate attire in the form of goggles and boots to protect them from the elements, such as wind and the tears of lonely snowmen. They can also lug existing gear to the full-service shop, where professional technicians ready their skis and snowboards for jaunts down nearby mountains.
The experienced staffers at H2O Craft Rentals tend a fleet of fully equipped patio boats, Yamaha jet-skis, ski boats, and XCR series fishing boats. Each craft comes equipped with amenities that suit its purpose, with patio boats featuring with barbecues for grilling the day's catch and fishing boats bearing a fish finder to garner an advantage in games of Marco Polo. Customers can launch right from the marina or take advantage of the tow-and-go service and load vessels onto a trailer to ferry to a different body of water. This service enables boaters to cruise a range of area waters, whether coasting across the California Delta, Don Pedro Lake, and Lake Camanche, or plumbing the waters of Lake Tahoe for mackinaw trout and salmon.