Santa Ynez Valley Golf Courses

Did you know that Santa Ynez has some of the best golf courses in the country?

While Santa Ynez is traditionally known for some of California’s best wineries and tasting rooms, food, and world class real estate, many of you may not realize the world renowned golf courses nestled into Santa Ynez valley.  If you are a golf enthusiast, this is a must read on our top 5 best Santa Ynez golf courses. You won’t be disappointed.

River Golf Course at Alisal

River Course at Alisal and Ranch Course at Alisal

These two 18 hole championship golf courses sit between the Santa Ynez mountains and upon the Santa Ynez River and are an extension of the famed Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. The well manicured greens and panoramic views alone are reason enough to choose these unique Santa Ynez golf courses. Another reason? Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has a little something for everyone.  That is right, you can drop the kiddos off for a myriad of activities at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort-Dude Ranch while you get down to business with your golf game. Just one of the many reasons River Course at Alisal and Ranch Course at Alisal rank in our top 5 best golf courses in Santa Ynez.  


River Course at Alisal and Ranch Course at Alisal Golf Course Amenities:


  • Two 18 hole Championship Golf Course; Alisal Ranch Golf Course; Alisal River Golf Course
  • Pro-Shop
  • Putting and Practice Areas
  • Electric and Hands Carts and Clubs for Rent
  • Private and Group Lessons by PGA Professional Staff
  • Golf Clinics and Schools
  • Full-Service Restaurant and Bar for Breakfast and Lunch
  • Annual Stroke Play Santa Ynez Valley Golf Championship
  • Golf Vacation Packages


River Course at Alisal
150 Alisal Road, Solvang, Ca
Tel: 805-688-6042

Ranch Course at Alisal
1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, Ca
Tel: 805-688-4215

Zaca Creek Golf Course

Zaca Creek Golf Course and Country Club

This 9 hole executive length, 29 par, challenging Santa Ynez golf course layout, offers gorgeous views of the Santa Ynez lake and hills for an excellent value. While this is a 9 hole, 29 par course, it also features a total yardage of 1,590 making it the longest “Par 3” 9 hole course in California. This is near the historical Zaca Lake property recently sold and under renovations for a luxury campsite soon to come to the area. In addition to Zaca Creek Golf Course and Country Club premier golfing, Zaca Creek Golf Course also provides Footgolf and soccer ball rentals.  Footgolf is a combination sport of soccer and golf in which the players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible.  Making this one of the only golf courses in the country to provide this unique service to their players and members. 


Zaca Creek Golf Course Amenities:

  • 9 Hole, 29 par Course
  • Pro-Shop
  • Driving Range
  • Putting Greens
  • Bunkers
  • Golf Instructors
  • Pull and Driving Cart Rentals
  • Affordable Rates and SCGA Membership packages
  • Footgolf Service


Zaca Creek Golf Course 
223 Shadow Mountain Drive
Buellton, Ca 93427
Tel: 805-691-9272

La Purisima Golf Course

La Purisima Golf Course

This 4.5 star ranked golf course by readers of Golf Digest (only Pebble Beach was ranked higher in California) sits on 309 acres of lush rolling greens and was created by famed architects Robert Muir Graves and Kenneth Hume Hunter, Jr (also known for his two other nationally acclaimed golf courses Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara, and Hunter Ranch in Paso Robles).  In addition to winning Best in County by, this peaceful and private golf course is away from distractions with no commercial developments or homes around. La Purisima Golf Course was designed for the purest of golf enthusiasts.


La Purisima Golf Course Amenities:

  • 4.5 star ranked golf course
  • Pro-shop
  • All Grass Hitting Stations
  • Short Game Area with Bunkers
  • Chipping and Putting Greens
  • Memberships and Golf Packages
  • Lessons and Clinics with PGA Professionals
  • The Restaurant at La Purisima 
  • The Grille Restaurant 


La Purisima Golf Course
3455 E Highway 246
Lompoc, Ca 93436
Tel: 805-735-8395

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course and Country Club

Known for the wind almost always being at your back and true roll greens, this 18 hole golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The par 71, 18 hole layout, measures 6,939 yards. Robert Trent Jones, Jr drew inspiration from the property’s rich history.  It is fair to say that he saved the best for last on the spectacular 18th hole views, however, regardless of your game, The 19th hole at the clubhouse is always a crowd pleaser. 


Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Amenities:

  • Pro-Shop
  • Clubs and Cart Rentals
  • Driving Range
  • Putting and Chipping Area
  • Professional Lessons
  • Club House


Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
4600 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, Ca 93105
Tel: 805-683-6334

Sandpiper Golf Course

Sandpiper Golf Course (Bonus)

A Kenneth Hume Hunter, Jr and William F. Bell designed and developed golf course, since 1972, was purchased by billionaire and hotelier Ty Warner in 2003 adding to his exceptional property portfolio of The Biltomore Four Seasons Resort, private members only club Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, and Montecito Country Club to name a few. 

Rated as one of the top 25 public golf courses in the country by Golf Digest, the championship golf course has also hosted several professional tournaments including the PGA Tour Tournament Players Series, The LGPA Tour Santa Barbara Women’s Open, and the prestigious finals stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School. This 18 hole golf course is the perfect outing with lush greens rolling up to the edge of the Pacific Coast Ocean. With ocean and mountain views at every hole, this makes for a truly special golf experience.


Sandpiper Golf Course Amenities:

  • Pro-Shop
  • Clubs and Cart Rentals
  • Private Lessons
  • Custom Club Fittings
  • Locals Rate
  • Sandpiper Grill Restaurant
  • Beverage Cart Service


Sandpiper Golf Course
7925 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, Ca 93117
Tel: 805-968-1541