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Santa Barbara county boasts six public 18-hole golf courses, four of which are within a half hour of downtown. Three of these four boast championship level play. The fourth is one of the busiest municipal courses in the country (and some years THE busiest). There are also excellent 9-hole courses with practice facilities open in the evenings.

Each of our city's golf courses is nationally recognized in its own way. They each offer their own flavor and personality ranging from the formal sophistication of Glen Annie to the amazing beauty of Sandpiper to the timelessness of Santa Barbara Golf Club. They offer a range of prices to suit most budgets and are blessed with year-round play.

Public 18- Hole Courses

Glen Annie - A local favorite, this course is known for its unique services. It is listed as one of six 'environmentally friendly' courses in California. The Frog Bar & Grill, a popular restaurant, takes full advantage of the fabulous views found throughout this course.
La Purisima - Located in the town of Lompoc, La Purisima is in the heart of Santa Barbara's Golf & Wine Country. Where Santa Barbara County's Southern California spirit meets the Santa Ynez Valley wine country's elegant demeanor. “One of America's Best Designed Courses...and well worth the short 45 minute drive from Santa Barbara.”
Rancho San Marcos - Set in the mountains 12 miles outside of downtown Santa Barbara, Rancho San Marcos spectacularly captures the natural beauty and distinctiveness of its surroundings. Built on the site of the historic Rancho San Marcos, circa 1804, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed gem gracefully saddles the natural topography meandering amidst a plethora of ancient oaks.
River Course - Popular among golfers seeking new destinations for two or three-day golf getaways. The striking panorama of the Santa Ynez Mountains provides the backdrop for the River Course, where golfers can experience majestic beauty and rustic elegance. The course maintains an atmosphere of quiet escape by immersing the player in a serene riverside.
Sandpiper - One of the most beautiful courses anywhere, Sandpiper provides breathtaking views and expert-level play. The only ocean-front course between Los Angeles and Pebble Beach, this is a 'must play' for locals and visitors alike.
Santa Barbara Golf Club - Owned and operated by the city of Santa Barbara, this course serves up over 100,000 rounds of golf each year. With a full range of services and convenient location, it's easy to understand why .

Public 9-Hole Courses

Hidden Oaks - Consistently rated by the SB Independent Readers' Poll as Santa Barbara's best 9 - hole golf course, Hidden Oaks' scenic views and quiet surroundings offer a unique golf experience. Located near San Marcos High, this course has a variety of par three holes making it appealing to both beginners and advanced golfers.
Ocean Meadows - This course boasts regulation play, excellent prices, professional instruction and practice facilities. It is centrally located in Goleta near UC S anta Barbara and the Camino Real Marketplace .
Twin Lakes - Well noted for its well-lit driving range, this 9-hole course offers all of the amenities of a high-quality practice facility at excellent prices.

Driving Ranges

Private Courses

  • Birnam Wood Golf Club - 2031 Packing House Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, (805) 969-0919, private, 18 hole, 5890 yds, Par 70, CR-68.7, S-121
  • La Cumbre Country Club - 4015 Via Laguna, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, (805) 682-3131, private, 18 hole, 6406 yds, Par 71, CR-71.5, S-130
  • Montecito Country Club - 920 Summit Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, (805) 969-0800, private, 18 hole, 6184 yds, Par 71, CR-70.2, S-123
  • Valley Club of Montecito - 1901 Valley Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, (805) 969-4681, private, 18 hole, 6612 yds, Par 72, CR-72.2, S-133
Glen Annie Golf Club
405 Glen Annie Canyon Rd
Goleta, CA 93117
805-968-6400
www.glenanniegolf.com

Public golf course

Overview:
Glen Annie offers unique amenities and fabulous ocean views, which combine to make a local favorite.

Part of what makes this course so beautiful is its natural beauty. In conjunction with Audubon International, this course is one of six in California that supports an Environmental Enhancement Program. Three different habitats provide homes to numerous wild animals that call the golf course home.

The restaurant at Glen Annie is as well-known as the golf-course and is itself a destination. Spectacular views and excellent food combine to make this one of the area's best eateries.

Specifics:
18 hole, 6420-yard, par 72 course was design by Damian Pascuzzo and Robert Muir Graves.

Amenities:
Club house with well-stocked pro-shop and top-shelf restaurant, PGA instruction, a lighted practice and teaching facility, plus special golf programs and tournaments from 20 to 288 players.

La Purisima Golf Course
3455 State Highway 246
Lompoc, CA
805 - 735-8395
www.lapurisimagolf.com

Public golf course

Overview:
Located just outside of the town of Lompoc, La Purisima is in the heart of Santa Barbara's Golf & Wine Country. Where Santa Barbara County's Southern California spirit meets the Santa Ynez Valley wine country's elegant demeanor. Thousands of golfers visit each year calling it “One of America's Best Designed Courses...and well worth the short 45 minute drive from Santa Barbara.”

Specifics:
This par 7 2 , 18-hole course is 7,105 yards from the black tees . It was built in 19 86 and designed by Kenneth Hume Hunter, Jr with assistance from Robert Muir Graves.

Amenities:
Driving range with all-grass hitting stations, a short game area with bunkers, and chipping and putting greens , golf shop, restaurant, wide variety of instructional programs with PGA and LPGA golf professionals, catering to all types of golfers .

Directions:
From Santa Barbara take the 101 freeway North for 30 minutes until you reach the city of Buellton. From Buellton, take Hwy 246 going West for 12 miles, the course is on the right side of the highway.

Membership :
Players Club Card available for $229 . Preferred Golf Rates, $27 Monday through Friday, $39 Saturday, Sunday and Holidays (a minimum of 40% off our regular rates).

Rancho San Marcos
4600 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, California 93105
805.683.6334
www.rsm1804.com

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course is considered by many to be the premier golf experience in Southern California. Set in the mountains 12 miles outside of downtown Santa Barbara, Rancho San Marcos spectacularly captures the natural beauty and distinctiveness of its surroundings.

Built on the site of the historic Rancho San Marcos, circa 1804, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed gem gracefully saddles the natural topography meandering amidst a plethora of ancient oaks, and preserved traces of 19th century adobe structures and the rugged San Marcos Stagecoach trail. From the course, to the food, to the country club service you are sure to remember your visit to Rancho San Marcos Golf Course.

Golf Rates

Mon-Thu

Fri-Sun &
Holidays

Daily Rate $95 $120
Twilight Rate $70 $90
Re-Play Rate $70 $90
Preferred Players $66 $86
Tri-County Rsdnt $85 $85 *
Spectator Fee $20 $20
Rental Clubs $50 $50
Daily Range Fee $20 $20
Cart Fees: All fees above include cart fee.
* Tri-County Resident: Mon-Thu and Sun after 11am. Must have valid Drivers License

Twilight Times : April through October after 2:00pm. November through March after 1:00pm

Tee Times may be reserved 7 days in advance

Reservations 8 to 60 days in advance are available with a $10 per player non-refundable reservation fee. All reservations will need to be secured with an authorized credit card. Cancellations will be taken up to 48 hours in advance of the tee time.

River Course at the Alisal
150 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA
805-688-6042
www.rivercourse.com

Public golf course

Overview:
Since 1992, the River Course has been popular among golfers seeking new destinations for two or three-day golf getaways. In 2004, it was was featured in the movie Sideways . The striking panorama of the Santa Ynez Mountains provides the backdrop for the River Course, where golfers can experience the majestic beauty and rustic elegance of California's Central Coast. The course maintains an atmosphere of quiet escape by immersing the player in a serene riverside. "Year-round sunshine, spectacular ocean, mountain and valley views and well designed courses make Santa Barbara one of America's best places to play golf."

Specifics:
This par 7 2 , 18-hole course is 6,830 yards from the gold tees . Built in 1992 as part of the Alisal Guest Ranch. Designed by Halsey Daray.

Amenities:
Pro Shop, Driving Range, Restaurant, Putting Green , wide variety of instructional programs with PGA and LPGA golf professionals, catering to all types of golfers .

Directions:
River Course at the Alisal is 40 minutes Northwest of Santa Barbara. From Santa Barbara take Route 154 North to Route 246. Turn left on 246 and proceed 5 miles into Solvang. Turn left on Alisal Road. River Course is 1/4 mile on left. Via 101 take the Lompoc/Solvang exit, Route 246, East 3 miles into Solvang. Turn right at Alisal Road. River Course is 1/4 mile on left.

Membership :
River Course Member - Single $190/mo
River Course Member - Couple $330/mo
or
Member Weekday Before Noon - $35
Member Weekday After Noon - $30
Member Weekend After Noon - $39

Sandpiper
7925 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
805-968-1541
www.sandpipergolf.com

Public golf course

Overview:
Whether you are a full-time or part-time Santa Barbaran, a golf expert or a golf neophyte, you must experience this course at least once. The odds are good you'll be back. Why?

The Sandpiper says "Santa Barbara" like the Courthouse and El Encanto, like Stearns Wharf and State Street, like hiking and surfing, like fabulous wines and ..well...great golf.

The Sandpiper stands out as pure "Santa Barbara" for three reasons.

1. The views are absolutely gorgeous. With almost a half-mile of ocean frontage, there are 5 fairways where if your ball goes too far astray, you will need to get it little scuba gear. Some courses promise ocean vistas - few can promise the actual ocean.
2. The Sandpiper is more than just eye-candy. It is a challenging course that offers a range of play to satisfy even the most expert players. It has a championship rating of 74.2 and hosts several professional tournaments, such as the PGA TOUR Tournament Players Series, The LPGA TOUR Santa Barbara Women's Open, and the prestigious final stage of the PGA TOUR Qualifying.
3. The staff is top-notch and professional. Although Sandpiper has something of a mystique in town that could lead to 'attitude' we found nothing of the sort here. In fact, we felt welcomed and like we belonged there within minutes of arriving.

Specifics:
This stunning seaside 18-hole, 72 par, 7,000 feet course was designed by William F. Bell and opened in 1972 featuring beautiful rolling fairways and challenging greens in the seaside links style layout.

Amenities:
Club House with restaurant and Pro Shop, knowledgeable caddies, Pro Instruction, cart and club rentals, driving range, putting green, and youth programs.

Santa Barbara Golf Club
3500 McCaw Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-687-7087
www.sbgolfclub.com

Public golf course

Overview:
Don't let the status of this wonderful course fool you. Just because the city of Santa Barbara owns it, that doesn't mean "municipal" should be used in association with it. We prefer 'classic.' The grounds offer great views of the mountains.

It ranks among the top in the nation for action with more than 77,000 rounds played here each year. The low cost and convenient location afford easy access - even if you just want a quick nine.

Specifics:
This par 70, 18-hole course is 6,014 yards. It was built in 1958 and designed by Lawrence Hughes

Amenities:
The picturesque facility also boasts a practice putting green and driving range with ocean views, golf shop, snack shop, an abundance of golf carts, and a modern clubhouse with banquet facilities. Organized playing opportunities for all ages and levels include the Santa Barbara Women's Club, The Tuesday Swingers, The Santa Barbara Men's Club, The Paisanos, and the Hits and Misses. For youth ages 7-17, the Russ Morrison Junior Golf Club fosters golf fundamentals and skill-building for advancement to junior tournament level. Tournaments, club fitting and repairs, and lessons round out our City golf program.

Hidden Oaks Golf Course
4760 Calle Camarada
Santa Barbara, CA 931 10
805-967-3493

Public golf course

Overview:
Consistently rated by the SB Independent Readers' Poll as Santa Barbara's best 9 hole golf course, Hidden Oaks' scenic views and quiet surroundings offer a unique golf experience. Located near San Marcos High, this Billy Casper designed course has a variety of par three holes making it appealing to both beginners and advanced golfers.

Specifics:
9 holes, par 27, 1027 yards

Amenities:
Putting and chipping green, warm up net, pro shop with snacks and drinks, rental clubs and pull carts. Clubhouse and pool available for group outings.

Tee times:
Open 8 am to dusk, no tee times required.

Instruction:
Individual and small group lessons, Junior program and summer camps.

Ocean Meadows
6925 Whittier Dr
Goleta, CA
805-968-6814

Public golf course

Overview:
Ocean Meadows, a regulation 9-hole course, is an easy course to call home. It is located between UCSB and the Calle Real Marketplace. The course itself is surrounded by numerous trees and cut by Devereaux Creek. You might be in the middle of schools, homes and shopping, but you really don't get that feeling.

Specifics:
9-hole par 36, 3,250 yards

Amenities:
Putting and chipping greens and sand bunkers, custom club fitting, private lessons, snack bar.

PGA Golf Instruction: Ron Longoria

Tee Times and Reservation Schedule: Reservations taken up to a week in advance.

Twilight Hours:
May 1st - September 22: 3pm, super-twilight 6pm, September 23 - October 31: 2pm, November 1 - April 30: 1pm

Cart Rental:
9 holes W/1 rider $12.00
9 holes W/2 riders each $8.00
18 holes W/1 rider $16.00
18 Holes W/2 riders each $12.00
Twilight cart rental $6 each rider

Twin Lakes Golf Course
6034 Hollister Avenue
Goleta, CA
805-964-1414
www.twinlakesgolf.com

Public golf course

Overview:
This course is definitely geared towards education and golf practice. The driving range and putting green take up a large portion of the grounds.

Specifics:
9-hole Bent grass executive course with water in play

Amenities:
Driving range with 30 high-tech driving stations, pull carts, snack bar, golf pro on site, Pro Shop, Group and Private lessons with PGA instructor.

Green Fees :

Weekdays Weekends
Adults $11 $12
Students $9 $10
Seniors $8 $9
Juniors $5 $5.50
Replays
Adults $5 $5
Juniors $2 $2

Driving Range:
Basket prices range from $4 - $11

Tee Times and Reservation Schedule:
Accepted 7 days in advance. - Call after 7:30 AM

Directions:
Take the 101 freeway to the Fairview Ave exit . Turn south towards the ocean. The side entrance to Twin Lakes will be a small driveway to your right, half way down the hill. If you miss the driveway, turn right at the stop light (Hollister Ave) and you will see the main entrance to Twin Lakes on your right.

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