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Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

4600 Hwy 154,

Santa Barbara, California 93105

  • Office

    +1 (805) 683 6334
  • Pro shop

    +1 (877) RSM 1804
  • Fax

    +1 (805) 692 8805
  • Golf pro

    Tom Endy (General Mgr).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb. Long green-to-tee walk between holes 10 and 11.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland, rural countryside and riverside

  • Designer:

    Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6814
6256
5050
Par
71
71
71
SSS or slope
72.9
70.3
69.8

Location

Latitude:

34.546660

Longitude:

-119.876069

How to get there:

15 miles NW of Santa Barbara

From Hwy 101 west of Santa Barbara take exit 101 and head north on the 154 (San Marcos Pass Rd). After 12 miles turn right into Live Oak Rd and the Rancho San Marcos Golf Club.

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1998

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course: What Santa Barbara may lack in quantity of golf courses, it certainly makes up for in quality. For seaside golf, few courses in California are bettered by Sandpiper. Heading inland, Rancho San Marcos is another gem. Built on the site of the historic Rancho San Marcos (c. 1804), this Robert Trent Jones Jr design occupies wonderfully undulating terrain in a stunningly beautiful area of hills, mountains, lakes and oak forests. Laid out alongside the rock-strewn Santa Ynez River, the gently undulating front-nine, at times open, at other times more tree-lined, introduces you to generally good-width fairways, sprawling greenside and fairway bunkers and occasional water hazards. The back-nine, with greater elevation changes, serves up many fabulous golf holes and no end of breathtaking vistas. From the par-3 13th tee you can look back down the stunning Santa Ynez Valley. Another par-3 at 14, and this time an impressive view over Lake Cachuma, most likely with eagles soaring overhead. The golf course continually exudes quality and challenge, as well as a perfect fit with its ruggedly beautiful and tranquil surroundings. There is no housing to be seen on or from the course, although a few historic items are occasionally in evidence; namely a few preserved 19th century adobe structures and the route of the San Marcos Stagecoach trail (in use until 1901), which runs alongside the par-4 17th.
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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: Mon-Thur $79; Fri-Sun $104.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Rancho San Marcos was established as an outpost of the Santa Barbara Mission in 1804. (The golf course was introduced 194 years later, in 1998). Named after Friar Marcos Amestoy, the compound included a chapel and living quarters, a granary, wine cellar, and dwellings for the Chumash Indians. In addition there was a wine press, pottery kiln, threshing corral, and livestock pens. Presided over by one or two padres, the Chumash raised grain, tended the vineyards, and the herds of sheep, cattle, and horses. The land was rugged, undeveloped and wild. Grizzly and brown bears, mountain lions, and bobcats devastated livestock and threatened the rancheros.

Where2Stay

  • Hampton Inn & Suites - Goleta

    5665 Hollister Ave, Goleta, California 93117

    +1 (805) 681 9800

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    The Hampton Inn Goleta is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town Goleta, within eight miles of historic downtown Santa Barbara and its renowned shops and restaurants. Goleta beach is just over a mile away from the hotel.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Sandpiper; Glen Annie

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Ranch San Marcos

  • Bacara Resort & Spa

    8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, California 93117

    +1 (805) 968 0100

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    Like an intimate Mediterranean village, Bacara sprawls over 78 acres of beachfront, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains. Located just a few hundred yards along the coast from Sandpiper Golf Club, the prestigious resort of Bacara has 311 rooms and 49 specialty suites, which, like the resort's signature restaurants and spa facilities are luxurious, understated, intimate and relaxed. Every room features a private patio or balcony.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Sandpiper (o.5 mls); Glen Annie

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Rancho San Marcos

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