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Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

1054 Alisal Rd,

Solvang, California 93463

  • Office

    +1 (805) 688 6411
  • Pro shop

    +1 (805) 688 4215
  • Fax

    +1 (805) 688 2510
  • Golf pro

    David Hartley (Director of Golf)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland.

  • Designer:

    William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr.

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6542
6101
5752
Par
72
72
73
SSS or slope
72
70.1
75.1

At the same location:

Above distances are for the member/resort guest-only Ranch course. Also at The Alisal (1.5 mi to the north) is the 18-hole public-access River course (par-72; 6830 yds from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

34.572848

Longitude:

-120.147343

How to get there:

35 miles NW of Santa Barbara / 2 miles S of Solvang

From the centre of Solvang, head south on Alisal Road. After 2 miles (you'll pass Alisal's River Course en route) turn left into Alisal's Ranch Course.

Ranch Course at the Alisal

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1956

Ranch Course at the Alisal: An ancient seasonal creek, which runs into the Santa Ynez River just a mile to the north, was responsible for carving the picturesque valley that is home to Alisal's Ranch course.

Now forming a scenic and frequently threatening water hazard, Alisal Creek winds its way through this tree-lined, parkland layout. Pleasant views onto the valley's partly-wooded slopes can be enjoyed along the way. Designed over 50 years ago by Billy Bell Jr, most of the holes following the north-south line of the creek, and are mainly arranged on either side of it, or occasionally dissected by it.

The course is typical of its era; a time when shot-making rather than raw power was uppermost in the architect's mind. No surprise then, that the Ranch course comprises tight and testing tee-shots, played along picturesque avenues of venerable oaks, sycamores and eucalyptus. The two nine-hole loops are played on either side of the clubhouse, with the quiet splendour of the woodland only broken by the chattering of many species of birds.

Much of the layout is relatively flat, although occasionally, as at the parallel par-4 15th and 16th holes, a small incline has to be climbed and descended as you make a slight detour from the valley floor. Each nine starts with a par-5, and finishes with a par-3, both the 9th and 18th playing over 200 yards from the tips ( ... perhaps a little raw power will come in handy!).

Stay&Play at The Alisal: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Resort guests (staying at Alisal Ranch & Resort) can book to play on weekdays and weekends.

No outside visitor play available on the Ranch course, but Alisal's River course is open for public play. Must book in advance.

Green fees

Resort guest fee, 18-holes: $140. Golf cart included.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted.

Practice facilities

Good

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.

Where2Stay

  • Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort4.5 star

    1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463

    +1 (805) 688 6411

    Visit website

    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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Alisal (Ranch course)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Alisal (River course)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Ranch San Marcos; La Purisima

  • Wine Valley Inn & Cottages

    1564 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA 93463

    +1 (800) 824 6444

    Visit website

    Wine Valley Inn & Cottages is located in the centre of Solvang, California's authentic Danish town. With private gardens and Koi pond, the Inn offers old-world hospitality with accommodations for every taste and budget. The Wine Valley Inn is within easy walking distance of many wine tasting rooms and within 20 minutes of more than 40 acclaimed wineries & vineyards.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Alisal (River and Ranch courses)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      La Purisima; Rancho San Marcos

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