Best Places to Golf in Santa Barbara

Sometimes a good round of golf is exactly what you need! And when that’s the case, you’ll want to make sure you visit the best golf courses. We’ve got a roundup of the best places to golf in Santa Barbara so you can hit the links and make sure your day is a hit!

Rancho San Marcos

Rancho San Marcos is located in Goleta, about 15 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. This course offers expansive views of the Santa Ynez River Valley, Lake Cachuma, and the Santa Ynez Mountains, thanks to its location. Rancho San Marcos combines the essence of the ranch that was located on this land since 1804 with the classic game of golf. Thanks to expertly maintained greens, and challenging (yet not daunting) holes, this is one of the best courses near Santa Barbara.


At Sandpiper Golf Club, this championship course offers stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains. Wherever you look, you’ll be impressed by the views here. Golf Digest rated this seaside course as one of the top 25 public golf courses in California and in the top 100 courses in the country. Here, you can challenge your skills while taking in impressive sights.

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes is the perfect course for golfers of all skill levels with 9 holes to play. Plus, professionals and amateurs can improve their game here while having fun. The driving range is provided by Toptracer Range and allows golfers to compete against friends and play virtual games while receiving feedback for improvement. If you’re looking for a fun, new way to improve your golf game, visit Twin Lakes!

Glen Annie

Glen Annie Golf Club is a championship golf course with first-class amenities. Here, you can enjoy the scenic sights of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. At Santa Barbara’s premier public course, you’ll be able to enjoy exceptional golf at remarkable prices.

When you’ve explored the best places to golf in Santa Barbara…

Relax at Marina Beach Motel! Here, you’ll be only half a block from the beach, so you can take a break from the golf courses to experience the sand and surf. Plus, you can enjoy amenities such as complimentary breakfast or free bike rentals for guests. With so much to do in Santa Barbara, stay for a weekend of golf and fun.

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