For more than three decades, the course at La Contenta Golf Club has draped over the low-lying foothills that ripple eastward from the Sierra mountains. Course designer Richard Bigler chopped a bentgrass gauntlet into the terrain, painting a 6,425-yard stripe of fairway into the dry and unforgiving land that alternates between valleys and meadow. The signature par-3 13th hole contains the track?s most violent drop-off. An oblong green fronted with water, the obstacle requires golfers to execute long, downhill tee shots or to launch each of their golf balls from a potato cannon. Players can refuel for another game by stopping at the onsite Vista Grille, where serves pile plates high with flapjacks, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
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Upon request, portable beer towers can stand as table centerpieces, allowing patrons to refill their own domestic or imported brew from a tap and spigot. All the while, major sporting events play on surrounding televisions as staffers behind the bar shake up specialty cocktails, such as the Joe Cool, whose raspberry and cream vodkas, cranberry juice, and sodas are poured through the sleeve of one of James Dean’s leather jackets. In the kitchen, cooks prepare a lineup of hearty eats that include shoestring fries topped with carne asada, burgers crowned with locally grown tomatoes, and sopes with housemade green salsa.
The bar also hosts special events, such as karaoke nights and the Vintage Challenge, in which diners face off against 6-pound burritos.
True to its name, Lodi's Wine Social brings people together over European-influenced small plates and local wines. Gourmet paninis are dressed with ingredients such as creamy brie and dried pears or peppered salami and cilantro-chimichurri sauce. Meanwhile, wines from Six Hands and Sorelle Wineries are poured by the glass and blended into fruit-infused slushies. Accents such as exposed wooden rafters, brick walls, and velvet and leather couches contribute to the rustic feel.
Browtique's chic façade masks a bright rosy-hued interior, where Michelle, the owner and resident massage therapist, and her staff expertly execute a full array of soothing services. The spa's tendon technician will help alleviate muscle misalignment in a one-hour massage, keeping beleaguered bodies out of corporal chop shops. A 15-minute sugar scrub cleanses and freshens skin while providing thorough dermal protection from bees with diabetes. All of Browtique's skin services utilize Epicuren-brand skincare products, a line available at few other Stockton-area spas. The spa also performs a full array of other services and specializes in waxing and brow design.
Garlic Brothers plates distinctive wood-fired feasts for lunch, dinner, and carryout on the eye-catching California Delta. The menu showcases more than 15 palate-prepping appetizers, such as steamed clams ($9.95), fried ravioli ($7.95), and a ceviche cocktail ($6.75), as well as grilled entrees that are fire-licked to maximum mouth-wateriness over almond wood. Aid a grilled ahi tuna in escaping its tyrannical-yet-tasty herb crust ($15.25) or embrace carnivorous cravings with a marinated tri-tip ($17.25 for dinner, $10.75 for lunch). Illustrate 2010 Census statistics with sliced sectors of the traditional margherita pizza ($13.95) or the Mona Lisa, in which mild italian sausage, kalamata olives, and sundried tomatoes puzzle art historians with an ambiguous smirk ($14.25).
Finnegan's Pub & Grill is essentially a portal that leads from Stockton into the heart of Dublin. How else to explain the aromas of ale-battered cod and corned beef, or all the vintage Irish beer signs affixed to the walls? The chefs here invoke the Emerald Isle with grilled bangers and fresh cabbage tossed in a house Guinness dressing, but they don't stray too far from the American palate. Burgers are among some of the more popular dishes, with hand-formed patties topped with onion rings, chili, and grilled mushrooms. Come in for Sunday brunch, when families and groups of friends can dine between games of pool and darts. When the clock strikes 10 p.m., the pub transforms into a 21+ venue with live music nightly.