Santa Barbara has become on of the nation’s top Golf destinations. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine rank the courses in this county as some of the best in the country. The area boast a portfolio of championship golf courses designed by leading industry architects, who have skillfully integrated the natural beauty of Santa Barbara into this amazing golf experience.
Rancho San Marcos
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course is considered by many to be the premiere golf experience in Southern California. Nestled in the mountains, 12 miles from downtown Santa Barbara. Rancho San Marcos was built on the site of the historic Rancho San Marcos, circa 1804. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this gem provides views of the Santa Inez River Valley, and gracefully meanders through the ancient oaks and preserved traces of 19th century adobe structures and the rugged San Marcos Stagecoach Trail.
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Web Site *** 805.683.6334
Glen Annie Golf Club
Championship golf situated in the picturesque foothills of Santa Barbara. This challenging layout is enhanced by breathtaking panoramic ocean and mountain views and is always maintained with the highest standards. After your round, retire to the Frog Bar & Grill for a drink on one of Santa Barbara’s most scenic patios. Tee shots from the 16th seem to carry forever with the Pacific as a backdrop, eventually landing softly 150 feet below on a manicured landscape adjacent to a cascading lake. (18-hole green fees with cart $50-$85).
Glen Annie Golf Web Site *** 805.968.6400
Sandpiper Golf Club
Established in 1972, Sandpiper Golf Club offers an array of excellent golf holes in a setting of rarely matched beauty. Designed by William F. Bell, Sandpiper is nestled beneath the majestic Santa Inez Mountains. Named by Golf Digest as one of the Top 25 Public Courses in the Country. Sandpiper features beautiful rolling fairways and challenging greens in a seaside links style layout with views of the Pacific Ocean from almost every hole.
Sandpiper Golf Club Web Site *** 805.968.1541