River Course at the Alisal

3+ (3 gold): one of our top-rated 3-star courses, worthy of 3½ stars.
   River Course at the Alisal Est. 1992

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River Course at the Alisal: The Alisal Resort is home to two championship golf courses. On the south side of the Santa Ynez River, and running along the bottom of the Alisal Valley, the more characterful Ranch course is older, slightly shorter and considerably more tree-lined than its newer and easier-going stablemate. The River course, located on the north side of the Santa Ynez, occupies a picturesque area of relatively open and gently undulating terrain. Although bordering the Danish-styled town of Solvang, the River course is played in a predominantly natural environment, where vineyards and rolling hills are much more in evidence beyond the course than housing. This pleasant, well-maintained, but not overly dramatic layout, still has some maturing to do, which the recent planting of several sycamore, alder and liquid amber trees, should help to address. The generally good-width fairways are defined by a modest amount of earthmounding and bunkering, while three small lakes and a pond ensure the presence of water on nearly half the holes. Your first sighting of the wide, rock-filled Santa Ynez River comes at the par-5 14th, with the river also flanking the left side of the par-4 15th and 16th holes. The signature par-3 17th measures only 123 yards from the tips, and is played to a small green, encircled on three sides by firstly a bunker and then by one of the lakes. The picturesque scenery beyond the course provides a pleasant counter-point to the flatter and, at the moment, less visually exciting stretches of this maturing golf course.

At this Stay & Play venue, the on-site accommodation is located close to the golf facilities.

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Making Contact

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
150 Alisal Rd,
Solvang, California 93463
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Office   +1 (805) 688 6042
Pro Shop   +1 (805) 686 0872

  +1 (805) 688 8229

Email   rivercourse@alisal.com
Website   www.rivercourse.com
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Golf Pro
Robert Scarpati (Head Golf Professional)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Surroundings: Rural countryside.
Designer: Jack Daray Jr & Stephen Halsey
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6830 6099 5710
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 72.7 69.5 73.8
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 Ranch course (6542 yds from back tees). The Ranch course is only open to members, their guests and guests staying at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort.
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How2Get There?

35 miles NW of Santa Barbara / o.5 miles S of Solvang
From the centre of Solvang, head south on Alisal Road. After o.5 miles turn left into Alisal's River Course.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes: weekdays $60; weekends $72. Reduced 10-round, annual, twilight, senior (weekday) and junior (weekday) rates. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.

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Did you know?

Alisal (meaning "place of the sycamores") is a horse lover's paradise with numerous trails through 10,000 acres of valleys and rolling hills. Group, private and children's rides are all available through the Alisal Resort. The Alisal's spring-fed 100-acre private lake offers excellent boating and fishing. Private lessons and guide trips can be arranged. >> The nearby Danish town of Solvang is a popular tourist destination. Founded in 1911 by a group of Danish educators, the architecture of many of the buildings follows traditional Danish style, while the city is home to bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, and one featuring the bust of the renowned Danish fable writer, Hans Christian Andersen.

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Latitude: (34.586408)
Longitude: (-120.137172)
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Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort 
1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463
+1 (805) 688 6411

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort nestles in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and the renowned Santa Barbara County wine country. A hideaway for generations of families, couples and groups since opening in 1946, the romance and majesty of the “old west” remain in the Ranch’s wide-open spaces and unspoiled natural beauty. As one of California's premier Guest Ranch locations, the Alisal features golf, horseback riding, tennis and fly-fishing.

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Royal Scandinavian Inn 
400 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93464
+1 (805) 688 8000

The Royal Scandinavian Inn is a full service hotel with the charm of a country inn, nestling in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley's wine country. You can enjoy the Danish-influenced ambiance of Solvang, explore world-class wineries and take advantage of nearby championship golf.

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