Atlee Anders' golf career has come full-circle. She started out at the age of ten learning from her family of sports enthusiasts how to play golf, but also how to have fun and demonstrate class while competing. Atlee's love for the game took her through four years as a varsity letter-winner in high school and then to a year of college play at Sierra College, before placing her in position to teach others all that she has learned.
As a teaching apprentice pursuing certification as a LPGA Class A pro, Atlee, along with a team of instructors correct poor swing mechanics, align putting strokes, and show players how to break up with a toxic golf ball, but above all they motivate their students to love the game. Perhaps most telling of their passion is the time spent involved with The First Tee programs, wherein they teach life skills and values to juniors through the game of golf.
The path to a dependable golf swing starts at Natomas Golf Center, a full-service practice facility where golfers can fine-tune their game until midnight every day of the week. A fully-lit driving range with both mats and grass hitting areas fosters straighter drives, and covered hitting bays keep players safe from inclement weather or screaming eagles convinced that golf balls are their eggs. Golfers can also practice their touch with the putter on an 18-hole putting course and a practice green, or work on their feel around the pin at a chipping area with a practice bunker. To enhance their practice sessions, golfers can enlist an on-site instructor for a private lesson.
Slot cars had their heyday in the 1960s, when some 3,000 public tracks hosted races throughout the United States. Fast Track Hobbies keeps the tradition alive today with two signature courses and a fully stocked parts counter. Holding races every Saturday evening, the store saw the rise of local stock-car prodigy Justin Colvin, who took home two USRA championships this past year. In addition to slot cars, Fast Track offers a full range of R/C gear, Pinewood Derby kits, models, and rockets for trading baseball cards with Mars.
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.