Best Golf Courses in Santa Barbara

Pacific Coast Highway Travel lists some of the best golf courses in Santa Barbara, if you plan to stop off in Santa Barbara and play on these scenic courses.

The Sandpiper Golf Club is one of the best golf courses in Santa BarbaraThe Sandpiper Golf Club is one of the best golf courses in Santa Barbara

Golf is popular in Santa Barbara. The city and surrounding hills offer a range of courses and clubs that cater to both locals and visitors.

Additionally, the comfortable year-round weather in Santa Barbara makes it an ideal location for golfing activities. It has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate and was in fact ranked number 1 for weather in the United States in 2018. There’s hardly any rain over the summer and an average of nine hours of sunshine per day over the year. Ideal golfing weather!

Best Golf Courses in Santa Barbara

The Sandpiper Golf Club is one of the best golf courses in Santa BarbaraThe Sandpiper Golf Club

Sandpiper Golf Club
7925 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
(805) 968-1541
https://www.sandpipergolf.com/
The Sandpiper Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole course located along the coast, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Amazingly this used to be an oil refinery after crude oil was discovered in 1927. It was so significant that the Japanese navy sent a submarine to shell it in 1942, but production ceased and it was developed as the Sandpiper Golf Club in 1972.

Sandpiper Golf Club is located a 15-minute drive along Highway 101 west of downtown Santa Barbara. It’s perfect for beginners and experienced golfers alike and has been rated among the best 100 public courses in the USA. There are mountain and sea views from every hole of this 7,000-yard course.

Glen-Annie-Golf-Club-Goleta.pngThe Glen Annie Golf Club in Santa Barbara

Glen Annie Golf Club
405 Glen Annie Rd, Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 968-6400
https://www.glenanniegolf.com/
The Glen Annie Golf Club is a beautiful course surrounded by the Santa Ynez Mountains, and with ocean views. It offers a challenging layout with well-manicured greens and is in Goleta, a 15-minute drive west of Santa Barbara along the Pacific Coast Highway.

The Santa Barbara Golf ClubThe Santa Barbara Golf Club

Santa Barbara Golf Club
3500 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 687-7087
https://www.playsantabarbara.com
The Santa Barbara Golf Club is a historic course located in the heart of Santa Barbara, offering a challenging yet playable layout for all skill levels. It’s just a few minutes’ drive from downtown and is open to the public every day of the year. It’s an 18-hole par-70 course with impressive views of the Santa Ynez foothills and the Pacific Ocean. The course measures 6,022 yards from the back tees.

Rancho San Marcos Golf CourseRancho San Marcos Golf Course

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 683-6334
https://www.rsm1804.com/
The Rancho San Marcos Golf Course is a scenic course located in the Santa Ynez Valley, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The course opened in 1998 but the history of the Rancho goes back about 9,000 years. It was originally the home of the Chumash people, and the Rancho itself was built by the Santa Barbara Mission. It’s a 25-minute drive north-west of downtown Santa Barbara.

La Cumbre Country Club in Santa BarbaraLa Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara

La Cumbre Country Club
4015 Via Laguna, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 687-2421
https://www.lacumbrecc.org/
La Cumbre Country Club is a private 18-hole course located in the foothills of Santa Barbara, offering a challenging layout with spectacular views, yet it’s only a 10-minute drive from downtown, west on Highway 101. It dates from 1909 but in 1916 moved across the street and became La Cumbre Golf and Country Club.

The Montecito Club in Santa BarbaraThe Montecito Club in Santa Barbara

Montecito Club
920 Summit Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-3216
https://www.montecitoclub1918.com
The Montecito Club is a private course nestled in the hills of Montecito, offering a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels. This Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is less than a 10-minute drive east of downtown along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Valley Club of MontecitoValley Club of Montecito

Valley Club of Montecito
1901 E Valley Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-4681
https://www.valleyclub.org/
The Valley Club of Montecito is a private course that was founded in 1929 and is located in the hills of Montecito, offering a challenging layout with breathtaking views. It’s a 15-minute drive east from downtown

Birnam Wood Golf ClubBirnam Wood Golf Club

Birnam Wood Golf Club
2031 Packing House Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-0919
https://www.bwgc.net
‘The best short course I ever built,’ said Robert Trent Jones  Snr of Birnam Wood. Birnam Wood Golf Club is a private course located in the foothills of Montecito, with a challenging yet fun layout for golfers of all levels. It’s a 10-minute drive east from downtown Santa Barbara and as you can tell from the name, it’s in very wooded terrain.

Our Pick of the Guides

Moon-Santa-Barbara-Central-Coast-2014.png

Other golf pages

  • Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends the best golf courses in Monterey, and nearby, including Carmel and Pacific Grove.

    Best Golf Courses in Monterey

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends the best golf courses in Monterey, and nearby, including Carmel and Pacific Grove.

  • The Pacific Coast Highway’s gold courses is one reason the PCH drive along the California Coast is popular, as it has some of the top golf courses in the USA.

    Pacific Coast Highway Golf Courses

    The Pacific Coast Highway’s gold courses is one reason the PCH drive along the California Coast is popular, as it has some of the top golf courses in the USA.

  • Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends some of the best golf courses in San Diego and nearby, in places like Carlsbad, Coronado, and La Jolla.

    Best Golf Courses in San Diego

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends some of the best golf courses in San Diego and nearby, in places like Carlsbad, Coronado, and La Jolla.



Recent Articles

  1. 7 Scenic Overlooks On California's Coast Besides Big Sur

    Apr 14, 24 10:52 AM

    California has many equally mesmerizing coastal spots with scenic vistas and viewpoints beyond its famed shores in Big Sur!

    Read More

  2. 8 Serene Towns On The Pacific Coast For A Weekend Retreat

    Apr 14, 24 10:52 AM

    Discover eight charming coastal towns along the Pacific Coast for a serene weekend getaway with unique experiences and breathtaking scenery.

    Read More

  3. 7 Alternative Scenic Drives To Big Sur

    Apr 14, 24 10:52 AM

    Big Sur and Highway 1 offer some of the most scenic drives in California. But there are lots of other alternative drives to Big Sur along the coast.

    Read More