Tee it Up in Santa Barbara's Golf Scene.

Real Estate Agent with Coastal Properties DRE# 00558548

Santa Barbara has one of the most beautiful climates for playing the game of golf year-round. We enjoy lots of sunshine and only the mildest ocean breezes. There are several public and private courses in the area to suit just about any style of play and budget.  

If you are new to the game and are looking for a course that is a little less crowded and has  mostly wide open fairways, Ocean Meadows is a good option. Located in Goleta, it is a nine hole course with decent greens. It has a relaxed atmosphere and the pro and staff are very accommodating. 

If you are looking for an 18 hole course that is more challenging, look no further than the Santa Barbara Golf Course (formerly known as Muni). This is a popular course so be ready to keep up with the pace of play. The layout has some steep hills that can make for challenging lies. This course is longer (6041 yds) and reading the greens can be a bit tricky for first timers. (Just remember that the ball tends to want to break towards the ocean). Mulligans restaurant is on site for your after round enjoyment.

Another popular public course in the Goleta area is Glen Annie. This course is longer yet at 6420 yds and I recommend taking a cart as walking the terrain can wear you out - at least until you know the lay of the land. There are some wide open holes with elevated tee boxes that can make for booming drives. The front nine can be easy to score on and a great confidence builder. However, there are also, wicked dog legs and fairway gulleys that can entice a golfer into playing a low percentage shot!

The course with the best views and right on the ocean is Sandpiper. It is the priciest of the public courses but compared to other courses on the ocean it is a relative deal. The front nine is rather pedestrian but the back nine is full of gorgeous ocean views. I have to admit I have only played there once so I don't have enough experience with the course to give credible comments. 

So, that generally covers the public courses in the immediate Santa Barbara area. There are also some great courses within 30 minutes of Santa Barbara that I will write about in the future. If you see a car at any of these courses with plates that read GLFLADY, you'll know I'm already playin'!

Grip it and Rip it!
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Cell: 805-448-8882

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Sylvia Elizabeth Miller
, 'The Right Realtor® For You'
Coastal Properties, Inc
1086 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Email: sylvia@sanbarb.com
Cell: 805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb
Web: SantaBarbaraConnection.com
DRE #: 00558548

Santa Barbara Real Estate Connection


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Comments (2)

Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

By far some of the best golf courses combined with great weather in CA.  With 2 collegiate golfer sons, they love to play anywhere along the coast...  

Jan 24, 2012 06:14 PM
Derek McClintock
C2 Financial - San Diego, CA

I attended Westmont College in Montecito (Santa Barbara) and I would have to say that my father LOVED coming up to visit me so that he could play a round of golf. I loved the beach, but all of the courses are beautiful. Enjoy S.B., I miss it dearly!

Jan 24, 2012 08:07 PM