Best Santa Barbara Driving Ranges

Santa Barbara is known for its wonderful beaches. But it also has incredible golf courses. This year, if you find yourself looking for a fun outdoor activity everyone will love, check out these Santa Barbara driving ranges! Each of the wonderful golf courses in this blog also has an accompanying driving range, so you can either play through the course, or simply practice your swing.

Rancho San Marcos

This course is just 15 minutes outside Santa Barbara. Rancho San Marcos first opened in 1998 and it has been a staple of the Santa Barbara golf world ever since.

This 6,939-yard par 71 course is tucked deep into the Santa Ynez mountains and embraces the old ranch feel of the land. Rancho San Marcos offers stunning views of the Santa Ynez River Valley and Lake Cachuma. The best part? You’ll really feel like you’re in your own little Santa Barbara driving ranges oasis. There’s no sign of urban development in this course’s sight lines.


Sandpiper is one of the Santa Barbara driving ranges with an ocean view. This oceanside course has gorgeous views of the water. There’s no need to choose between a good course and beautiful scenery when you golf here!

River Course

The River Course at the Alisal features four lakes and follows the path of the Santa Ynez River. Along this course you’ll find breathtaking panoramas of the Santa Ynez Mountains foothills. This features incredible natural scenery and is a”must play” experience for golfers of all experience levels.

This 6,830 yard, par 72 golf course also features one of the most scenic Santa Barbara driving ranges. The elevated tees offer sweeping views of the course below, and the course itself is challenging without being discouraging.

These are just three of the many beautiful Santa Barbara driving ranges and golf courses. Thanks to Santa Barbara’s year-round beautiful climate, the courses are always well-maintained and beautiful. When you visit Santa Barbara, stay nearby at Marina Beach Motel and enjoy being close to the beach and the courses.