Swenson Golf Course ~ build in 1952 is home to 2 courses. A beautiful 18 hole course, will challenge any golfer and a 9 hole, 3 par, which is great for the beginner and to work on your short game. Swenson also boasts:
a Wonderful Cafe' with Some Good Eats and a small bar
County's Only Junior Golf Program
Cars and Coffee
Old Growth Oak Trees.
History of Swenson Golf Course
In 1917 the California legislature passed a law requiring that physical education be included in public school programs. Bert E. Swenson, then moved to Stockton, California, where he became the City’s Director of Recreation, a position he held for 36 years. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Pacific in 1950.
The City of Stockton dedicated 200 acres for the Swenson Park and Golf Course in 1952, which was followed by lifetime memberships in the California Recreation Society and the California Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He passed away in 1963, with his legacy living within the existence of the Swenson Park Golf Course. Swenson was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame
in 1965, two years following his death. He was also inducted into the University of Wisconsin – River Falls
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
Swenson and his wife, Stella, dedicated their lives to developing recreation opportunities for young people. The couple established the Swenson Medal in 1925 in memory of an infant son who died. The award recognizes one exemplary male and female student athletes each year for their participation in athletics, outstanding character, personality, and service and loyalty to the college.
Swenson was inducted into the Peru State Hall of Fame on Sept. 18, 2009, as a member of the 21st class. He was known to establish the Silver Lake Family Camp, several municipal golf courses, swimming pools, softball diamonds, and many of today’s parks.