Southern California enjoys yearlong sunshine, making it an ideal place for travelers who like to hit the links. From public gems, to the favorite local country clubs, the range of courses and opportunities around town will provide you with more than enough fairways, tee boxes, and dog-legged surprises to keep entertained for a while. These are some of our favorite Santa Barbara golf courses.
Santa Barbara Golf Club
Opened in 1958, this course has been a popular destination for golfers of all skill levels as long as any other spot in the area. In addition to its tried-and-true history, the Santa Barbara Golf Club also offers players a unique, beautiful place to play with a unique course laid out before the scenic Santa Ynez Mountains.
Santa Barbara Golf Club. 3500 McCaw Ave. Santa Barbara, CA
Hidden Oaks Golf Course
If you’re looking to squeeze in a quick nine, the Hidden Oaks Golf Course is the perfect spot to hit. Its nine-hole, par-three structure is ideal for new golfers, and seasoned players looking to work on their short game. It’s also an excellent spot to bring kids who are starting out.
Hidden Oaks Golf Course. 4760 Calle Camarada. Santa Barbara, CA
La Cumbre Country Club
This swanky local country club is one of the best golf courses in Santa Barbara. A well-manicured, 18-hole course is PGA quality, with stellar, open-air views of the surrounding mountains and town. The country club also features a club restaurant, private pool, gym, and other lush amenities.
La Cumbre Country Club. 4015 Via Laguna. Santa Barbara, CA
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course has been one of the most critically-acclaimed, and downright beautiful places play golf in Santa Barbara since it opened in 1998. The par-71 course was designed by iconic golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., and it’s been ranked as a top place to play by Golf Digest, Greenskeeper, and Golf Magazine.
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course. 4600 CA-154. Santa Barbara, CA
Glen Annie Golf Club
Glen Annie Golf Club is one of the best championship golf courses in Southern California, and one of the most popular spots to play in Santa Barbara. Surrounded by views of the Santa Barbara foothills and Pacific Ocean, and flush with upscale amenities, it’s a can’t-miss.
Glen Annie Golf Club. 405 Glen Annie Rd. Goleta, CA
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