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Marshallia Ranch earns Web site's 2009 best value award

The Air Force Association Golf Tournament winning team: Jon Stimpson (putting), Tracy Watkins, (kneeling), Betsy Watkins and Mr. Jim Sorrells.  The tournament was held at the Marshallia Ranch Golf Course Aug. 7. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Scottie T. McCord)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Jon Stimpson (putting), from the 30th Force Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Tracy Watkins (kneeling), the 30th Comptroller Squadron commander, Mrs. Betsy Watkins and Mr. Jim Sorrells, from the 30th CPTS, participate in the Air Force Association Golf Tournament at the Marshallia Ranch Golf Course here Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. Marshallia Ranch regularly provides golfers with a manicured golf course, clubhouse, driving range, catering services and accommodations for special functions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Scottie T. McCord)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Marshallia Ranch Golf Course here recently earned the 2009 Best Value "Worth the Green Fee" award from Greenskeeper.org, a golf oriented social networking Web site.

"On behalf of Greenskeeper.org and our 40,000 plus members, it is a pleasure to present the honor of the Best Value 'Worth the Green Fee' award to Marshallia Ranch Golf Course," said John Hakim, the CEO and founder of Greenskeeper.org. "We take great pride in our awards, which hold a high amount of credibility among golfers who play the courses each and every week."

This is the first time Marshallia Ranch has received this award, beating out the La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, which has been the recipient of the award for the past six years.

The award was derived from analyzing the last 12 months of online user submitted reviews on Greenskeeper.org, said Mr. Dan Hayes, the 30th Force Support Squadron community services flight chief.

"In today's economic condition, people are looking for the best value for the dollar," Mr. Hayes said. "This award was not given (to us) just because Marshallia Ranch has an inexpensive green fee for the area, but for a quality and well maintained golf course for a great price."

Marshallia Ranch regularly provides golfers with a manicured golf course, clubhouse, driving range, catering services and accommodations for special functions. The golf course is also now offering its patrons new grill items on Tuesdays, a new catering menu, and corporate or organizational golf tournaments.

"It is a hidden treasure - literally," Mr. Hayes said. "It is definitely off the beaten trail, but that adds to its beauty. Large eucalyptus trees, rolling hills and several deer are seen by golfers throughout the course. The average golfer wants their golfing experience to be outstanding even if they don't play well. The Marshallia Ranch experience includes a nice clubhouse with a well stocked pro shop, a comfortable grill that serves delicious food at a good price, and a well maintained golf course that is scenic and has character. Marshallia Ranch has all of these."

During a period when most golf courses are cutting back on services, Marshallia Ranch is doing just the opposite, said Mr. Hayes.

"Even though we are a military golf course, we have obtained permission for civilians to play our course," he said. "We are not located inside the (base's) cantonment area, so patrons can drive straight to the course without having to go through a security gate."

For more information about the Marshallia Ranch Golf Course, call 606-6262.