Santa Barbara and it’s neighboring communities of Montecito and Goleta have many attractive qualities. Idyllic, year-round weather, luxury shopping, and gourmet dining are just the beginning of the area’s wonderful offerings. But Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas are not just for ladies or lunch and shop! Gentlemen who golf can also find themselves with a plethora of courses where they can practice their swing at the driving range, get a quick round at a 3-par in, or indulge in a relaxing 18- or 36!- hole round. Feeling competitive? Many Santa Barbara golf courses host tournaments throughout the year. Here, we explore some of the area’s most luxurious private and public golf courses.
We start with Montecito Country Club…A members only club in the heart of the Montecito Valley, the course overlooks incredible ocean and mountain views. Need help with your swing? PGA Pro Scott Johnson can get you into top form.
Moving on to the ultra-exclusive Birnam Wood course in Montecito, built by Robert Trent Jones, where even if you have the cash for the membership dues you have to be invited to join the membership.
Santa Barbara Golf Club is a public course of par-70 18 holes. Fun for the whole family, book a tee time and enjoy the Santa Barbara sun at affordable rates. PGA Pros are also on hand to help you with your game, and whats even better, gift cards are available so you can treat you closest golf buddy to a round or two without breaking the bank.
Only have time for 9 holes, pop over to Hidden Oaks Golf Course for a quick round while enjoying majestic mountain views. Rates are affordable and instruction and Junior Golf is available.
Head north about 15 minutes from Montecito and you find yourself in Goleta where there are two stunning courses. Glen Annie Golf Course provides the best of the area’s two golf worlds, unpretentious atmosphere at a prestigious, challenging course. Island views from the course as well as the Club’s restaurant and snack bar create a leisurely and relaxing atmosphere.
Sandpiper Golf Course is a luxurious course right on the bluff of Goleta. Panoramic ocean views are a breathtaking backdrop to 18 championship holes. At Sandpiper, you get what you pay for: five-star service and dining as well as incredible event facilities make this course a Santa Barbara favorite.