On the fast track

I wouldn’t call Lyons Golf Course the shiniest jewel in the Stockton public golf course system. Built in 1968, the compact nine-hole course is tucked away in the southeastern corner of Rough and Ready Island at the Port of Stockton.


The Lyons Golf Course on Rough and Ready Island at the Port of Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., @ f/8. ISO: 200)

I recently shot the Edison High golf tournament at Lyons. Big trucks rumbled by carrying rice and other bulk items that are imported and exported from the port. A whiff of eau-de-fertilizer was carried on the breeze. Large oil tanks sat not far away.


Edison High golfer David Osterholt hits a shot from the 4th tee in the Edison High golf tournament at the Lyons Golf Course at Rough and Ready Island in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., @ f/8. ISO: 200)

Edison head coach Tim Montgomery, who is also the golf pro at Lyons, gave me a golf cart to follow the action. I don’t know if they use special batteries or some other supercharging tweeks, but the electric carts at Lyons felt faster than at any other golf course. The carts at Swenson are pokey in comparison and even the ones at the fancy Brookside Golf and Country Club are anemic.


McNair High golfer Mike Flores hits a shot from the 4th fairway in the Edison High golf tournament at the Lyons Golf Course at Rough and Ready Island in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., @ f/8. ISO: 200)

I zipped through the course at Lyons, slaloming through the trees, motoring up hills and racing down the flats. I got up on the levee along the deep water channel. The cool air whipped through my hair as I looked across the water to see the famous Klamath Ferry, now the headquarters for Duraflame, docked on the other side of the channel. Other golf courses in the area might be bigger and fancier, with more amenities, but Lyons has the fastest golf carts.

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