The Valley Club of Montecito

1901 East Valley Rd,

Santa Barbara, California 93108

  • Office

    +1 (805) 969 2215
  • Pro shop

    +1 (805) 969 2215
  • Fax

    +1 (805) 969 6174
  • Golf pro

    Lisa Price (Head Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential setting.

  • Designer:

    Original design by Dr Alister MacKenzie & Robert Hunter (1929); modifications by Tom Doak (2018).

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How to get there:

6 miles E of downtown Santa Barbara.

The Valley Club of Montecito

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.

Est. 1929

The Valley Club of Montecito: this private golf club is home to one of California's finest golf courses ... many would say an excellent example of Alister MacKenzie's less dramatic and understated designs. However, there's nothing undramatic about the layout's impressive mountain backdrop. And there's nothing understated about the size and quantity of the course's ever-threatening bunkering.

MacKenzie's out-and-back design occupies a charmingly peaceful environment, complemented by a stunning backdrop provided by the Santa Ynes Mountains. The design is elegant, but also deceptively testing. Your full repertoire of shots will be called on to score well. On many occasions a high-flighted approach is required to clear the greenside bunkers; only that will bring you safely onto the fast, true and subtly sloping putting surfaces.

Predominantly flanked by woodland (rather than the multi-million dollar mansions of the adjoining Birnam Wood Golf Club), The Valley Club retains a pleasantly natural feel throughout.

Limited access: this is a private course generally playable only by members and their invited guests.

List of courses: Central Coast, CA


Who can play and when?

Private club; guests may only play if hosted by a member.

Green fees

Outside visitor fee not applicable; course exclusively for members and their guests.

Other information

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

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Directly to the north of The Valley Club is the also private Birnam Wood Golf Club, a par-70, 6000-yard layout designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Many of Birnam Wood's fairways are flanked by opulently large real estate ... unlike those of The Valley Club.

Published ranking

World: formerly ranked world's 97th best course (GOLF magazine, 2011; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).
USA: 86th best course in the USA (Golf Digest, 2019/20).
State: 11th best course in California (Golf Digest, 2019/20).

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