Passport Magazine Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang

When it comes to golf, Santa Barbara has something to offer for everyone!

The County of Santa Barbara is known as a premier golf destination. With a wonderful portfolio of courses, there is nothing the golfing world can’t find.  From a championship golf course ranked among the best in the world to a golf course that is perfect for the beginner. If golfers desire nine-holes, 18-holes, tournament play, banquet facilities, name brand merchandise, PGA golf instruction, junior clinics, practice facilities, club fitting or a gourmet meal after their round, they can find it here in this diverse golf destination.

Sandpiper Golf Club opened in 1972 and has been known as “one of the best” ever since. It earned this reputation by providing golfers with championship golf on the ocean’s edge. Patrons can literally step off the green of the Par 3, 11th Hole and on to the sand of the scenic Santa Barbara coastline. This stunning combination of championship golf and beauty has inspired awe in its patrons for over 40 years.

Glen Annie Golf Club opened its doors in December of 1997 cementing the area’s reputation as a premier golf destination. This challenging layout is perched in the foothills above Santa Barbara with breathtaking ocean and mountain views. A beautiful clubhouse with its award winning architecture Glen Annie Golf Course provides its guests with acclaimed cuisine and looks out onto this magnificent landscape & a cascading lake.

Golf in Santa Barbara

Conveniently located off highway 154, just 15 minutes west of the Santa Barbara beaches, and 15 min utes east of the wine country community of Santa Ynez and Danish village town of Solvang, Rancho San Marcos Golf Course delivers a new level of golf course quality and customer service. An instant classic since its inception in 1998, this Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course located on 300 spectacular acres is both a treasure to behold and a strategic challenge that exudes the understated elegance and exclusivity that only private clubs extol.

Just a half hour up the highway the River­ Course­ at ­the ­Alisal presents golfers with breathtaking panoramas of the brilliant hues of the foothills and the Santa Ynez Mountains and Valley. This challenging layout follows the meandering path of the Santa Ynez River and features four lakes and a green that is nearly surrounded by water. After a rewarding round of golf, guests can retire to the popular River Grille to enjoy a drink or a wonderful meal.

Golf in Santa Barbara

With a wide variety of golf courses that will challenge the best golfers, help the beginners, and inspire the view takers, Santa Barbara is a destination that is nothing short of a golfer’s dream!

Popular Spots

Arts & Crafts Show

Approximately 200 Santa Barbara County resident artists display their own original work.

Santa Barbara Courthouse

See the courthouse, mural room and outstanding gardens year-round.


Montecito boutique, Angel, reflects a mix of high fashion & casual beach elegance.

Chaucer’s Bookstore

Santa Barbara’s much-loved bookseller since 1974.


The first and last remaining original Sambo’s restaurant.

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

This place is for the real shellfish lovers! All varieties of delicacies from the sea.