Sandpiper Golf Course
|Gold (W)||72||6646 yards||80.3||144|
|Silver (W)||72||6196 yards||77.8||138|
|Copper (W)||72||5602 yards||74.4||132|
|Black M: 75.1/136||530||471||430||258||513||195||394||399||420||3610||390||228||347||532||445||602||395||429||181||3549||7159|
|Gold M: 72.8/131 W: 80.3/144||511||447||407||226||495||173||368||370||401||3398||345||202||325||455||425||582||373||374||167||3248||6646|
|Silver M: 70.4/127 W: 77.8/138||495||402||387||196||483||155||357||362||393||3230||321||172||306||405||385||540||348||353||136||2966||6196|
|Copper M: 68.4/121 W: 74.4/132||454||376||353||165||430||125||333||350||368||2954||315||148||252||392||330||471||337||304||99||2648||5602|
I played Sandpiper on a Monday morning and it was such an enjoyable round. The course was practically empty and the weather was gorgeous. The views from this course are unbelievable, photos don't do it justice. At some points it feels like you are hitting directly into the Pacific ocean. The clubhouse is non pretentious with everything you might need. There's a lovely patio to sit on after your round and enjoy a meal or beverage while looking out into the ocean. Friendly and accommodating staff!
Fun Track. Ocean Views. Still disappointed.
My first time out to Sandpiper. I’ve wanted to play this place for a while. There are a lot of positives. I had high expectations considering the greens fee, but ultimately left being happy I played, but skeptical that I would ever come back.
-Great layout. Every hole is interesting and the routing up and down the hills is pretty thrilling. It reminds me of Ojai meets Torrey South.
-The staff was really friendly and accommodating. The facilities are nice.
-The range is all grass and you get balls with your round.
-The pace of play was good and they were keeping tabs on the timing.
-The greens were challenging.
-The course conditions are bad. It’s part drought and part bad agronomy. It’s not just that is hasn’t rained, there are a lot of areas that seem more like a potato field than a golf course. It was also muddy in a lot of places. There was a lot of over watered areas mixed in. Lots of mud and chunky spots.
-The greens fee is offensively overpriced. It’s $320 to play Trump National in PV. That’s really expensive, but the course is pristine. This place is in bad shape and getting $200. I can assure you it’s not going back into the course. I would rather play somewhere nice than go here just for ocean views.
-One review mentioned “blazing fast” greens. They are in decent shape, but we’re running at about an 8.
A new favorite in SoCal
While there are things to gripe about at Sandpiper - a few pedestrian inland holes, a few poorly maintained fairways, an overall scruffy appearance - it still won me over. It's one of my new favorite courses in SoCal.
A few of the ocean holes are so thrilling - nos. 10-11-13 - that I can't wait to play them again.
I played as the second group off on a Sunday morning and by the fourth hole, I peeled back my sweatshirt and changed into shorts. We didn't encounter any breeze until late in the round. I'm glad I got out early because the wind makes scoring tougher as the day goes on.
I normally ignore the advice 'stay below the hole', but it's wise to follow at Sandpiper. A few downhill putts were wicked fast.
Ocean view golf
If you can't afford Pebble go play this course
Amazing ocean views
Course in great shape
Greens blazing at about12
A course you could play every day for the rest of your life
Played the Golds (6646/72.6/130) with Pat, Mike & Mark in clear, sunny, breezy conditions. Around 80, almost perfect golf weather! SP is currently in excellent shape, and you would be hard pressed to get better So Cal coastal weather conditions than we experienced.
The tees were lush, only the par 3's needed divot repair.
The Bermuda fairways were very lush and excellent to play from.
The rough was thicker closer to the fairways. The farther you got from the fairway, the conditions were much more mixed. Above average overall.
The fairway bunkers were firm brown dirt and decent to play from. The green side bunkers were maintained with thick, medium brown dirt (hard to call it sand) that was generally good to play from.
The greens were firm and fast. They held well struck irons well but run out on chips and pitches needed to be taken into account.
The customer service was excellent from the Pro Shop/Starter, cart attendants and the ever present cart gal. Enjoy the beautiful, picturesque layout. Definitely recommended.
Beautiful Scenery and Challenging Layout
Played at Sandpiper while in in the area on vacation, on the recommendation of a friend. I'm glad we did. The friend called it a 'poor man's Pebble' and he wasn't too far off (although I'm not sure that $105 for Twilight rate is 'poor'). This course is right on the ocean and 5 or 6 holes are, literally, right on the water. Even on a day with an intermittent marine layer and pretty good sea breeze, it was beautiful. Transplant the layout inland and it probably wouldn't be that remarkable....it would be a reasonable golf challenge, but nothing extraordinary. The forward tees are a pretty good challenge for the ladies (long). Tees, fairways, and greens were in great condition. Bunkers? Not so much. And be VERY careful with the wooden handled rakes....splinters. Two significant complaints: 1. Pace of play. We teed off at 2:40pm and it took more than 5 hours to finish the round. We waited on every shot. No course personnel on the course and they did nothing to move play along. 2. We paid $105 for the Twilight rate (it was $170 before 2). Yet that does not include range balls. That's an extra charge. I expect that at a muni where I'm not paying much to play. But at more than $100 per round - even for the twilight rate - I expect the basics, like range balls, to be included. We will likely return if in the area, but with a lowered set of expectations.
Overrated and overpriced
This course is nothing more than a decent muni. Barring 4-5 holes that are on the ocean the rest is very forgettable. Played today February 6th 2017. Was only guy on the course. The course is in poor shape tee boxes dug up and uneven, fairways are patchy and a lot of standing water( and moving water a mini river was running through one of the fairway) greens were ok but looked like they were working on a few of them. Obviously I know it's been the driest summer in a while and the wettest winter which will contribute to course conditions. So if the course isn't in top condition why are they still charging top dollar??? I dunno how they can justify charging $150 to play the course the shape it's in. Maybe it's because there isn't that many golf options in Santa Barbara so they can get away with it. Anyway not a very happy customer would not recommend.
Elite Property/Solid Layout
This is my home course. The course is always in very playable shape. Greens always run quick and pretty true. During certain times of the year the fairways can get spotty but the property is so good that it doesn't hurt the overall experience. This is as good a golf property as there is in California. The course has a few good holes but largely relies on the views and proximity to the ocean/beach to justify the pricetag. From the tips it's a proper challenge. Greens all slant back to front so it's important to stay below the hole. Course could definitely use a renovation but in the meantime it's by far the best public golf course in Santa Barbara.
Played the Golds (6646/72.6/130) in bright, sunny & breezy conditions in the 80's. Started @ 1:45 and easily got in 27 before dark as a single, rarely waiting on a fast 4some that was usually several holes ahead. POP was about 3.5 H per 18.
The tees were decent, good coverage with only the par 3's needing divot repair.
The Bermuda fairways were okay, mostly lush with a few thin areas.
The rough was hit and miss. Thicker closes to the fairways, but everything from hardpan to lush Bermuda all the way to thick kikuyu.
The fairways bunkers were firm brown dirt and okay to play from. The green side bunkers were part thick, medium brown dirt (not sand) that was raked, well maintained and generally good to play from. However other green side traps had thick, white beach sand that was very deep and thick, difficult to play from.
The greens were recently punched with small tines. They were fast, firm and fairly bumpy to putt on. Alot of slope on these green complexes, not only back to front but side to side.
The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered. The Pro shop/starter got me out 15 minutes early, and the cart gal was out making the rounds several times. Always enjoy the layout. Recommended if you can get a deal.
Played the Golds (72.8/131/6646) in windy, sunny conditions in the 80's. POP was great, rarely waited and played in less than 3.5 hours.
This layout is fun and deceptively demanding. The greens are quick and have alot of slope, I 3 putt here more often than any course I can think of. Many holes with at least partial ocean views. Holes 6,10,11,12,13 & 14 in particular either play right along side or right into the ocean. On a cloudless day, the backdrop is about as good as it gets.
The tees were decent, mostly level with adequate coverage. Several could use more divot repair.
The Bermuda fairways were mostly lush with a few thin areas.
The rough was usually penal even if not overly tall. Get off the beaten path and it was the usual combination of hardpan, thin or native weeds with occasional high patches that were lost ball deep. However, barely missing the fairway meant that the ball usually sat down in thick Bermuda. Literally the difference in using enough club to try and reach the green or being restricted to a shorter iron and advancing the ball maybe 100 yards.
I found the traps to be both well maintained and challenging to play out of. The sand was thick and many of the lips near the greens large.
The greens were relatively smooth, firm and quick bordering on fast, especially downhill. I find the greens here to be deceptively difficult. I never seem to get the speed down on this course. There is alot of slope on these greens, and it's easy for downhill putts to leave 6' to 10' coming back. The greens are still a week away from being pristine again as they recently were punched with small tines about 2" apart and should be yellow on GK.
I like the course layout and the ocean breeze always makes club selection a challenge. It's more the location you are paying for, because while course conditions have been above average on every visit, it has not been excellent. Because of the wind and the greens, par's are hard to come by for me in bunches on this course. Before I know it, I have a string of bogeys going.
Enjoyed the experience, it's a treat to play here. The customer service was excellent everyone encountered. Recommended as a great change of pace if you are willing to pay the high per round fee the courses location dictates.
Played the Golds (72.8/131/6646) with Robert in breezy, sunny conditions in the 80's. POP was great, we rarely waited and played a 3 1/2 hour round.
I am impressed more with the layout on each visit. The course had many holes with at least partial ocean views. Holes 6,10,11,13 & 14 in particular either play right along side or right into the ocean. On a bright, cloudless day, the backdrop is about as good as it gets. Very fun layout.
The tees were decent, I had no issues finding level lies with adequate coverage. Several could use more divot repair.
The Bermuda fairways were good overall, mostly lush with a few thin areas.
The rough was usually penal even if not overly tall. Missing the fairway by a foot was the difference in using enough club to try and reach the green or being restricted to a short iron and advancing the ball maybe 100 yards out of thick Bermuda that the ball usually sat down in. Get off the beaten path and it was more a combination of hardpan, thin or native weeds with occasional high patches that were lost ball deep.
I was in multiple traps and found them to be challenging to play out of because the sand was so thick. Well maintained.
The greens were recently punched with small tines but were still relatively smooth, firm and quick. I find the greens here to be deceptively difficult. I never did get the speed down. There is alot of slope on these greens, and downhill putts just creep, and creep and creep, until pretty soon the putt you thought you had lagged up by the hole is 6' to 10' past. I suspect that being near the ocean (less landmarks to compare with) creates the optical illusion of making you think the slopes are gentler than they actually are?
I like the course layout and the ocean breeze always makes club selection a challenge. It's more the location you are paying for, because while everything has been above average on every visit, it has not been excellent. The customer service was excellent from the cart gal to the attendant who cleaned and took care of your clubs after the round. Enjoyed the experience, it's a treat to play here. Recommended as a great change of pace if you are willing to pay the high fees the courses location dictates.
If it was anywhere else
If it was anywhere else, It'd be a 2.5 star course. The conditions are no where near the price. Fairways are spotty, muddy and inconsistent. The rough is a mix of nothing, dirt and various grasses. The greens, while fast are spotted Poa and Bent and who knows what else - making the direction of your ball purely at the whim of the golf gods or the maintenance crew. It is truly sad to see such a gem fall into such shape. Seems our of character to Ty Warner to have such a poorly run course in such a beautiful and unique location. If you can play for <$60 do it, otherwise lower your expectations and enjoy the views. Regardless of your golf game, the views are gorgeous.
Played with Stickboy, DKnight & Kviser in the GK Plays in hot, breezy conditions. We let a 3some play through during a 5 hour Sunday afternoon round. Played the Golds with Stickboy (72.8/131/6646) and witnessed Vince put on a clinic on how golf should be played (hit the fairway, hit the green, make almost all reasonably makeable putts, then repeat the process hole after hole) as part of an enjoyable 18 with this group. The course had more holes with at least partial ocean views that I remembered. Holes 6,10,11, 13 & 14 in particular either play right along side or right into the ocean. On a bright, cloudless day, the backdrop is about as good as it gets. I like the course layout and the ocean breeze always makes club selection a challenge. The tees were decent, I had no issues finding level lies with adequate coverage. Several needed some divot repair. The fairways were good overall, but many had fairly significant patches of thin or hardpan areas. More than I would expect for a high end course. The rough was often penal, thick kikuyu even if not overly tall. Get off the beaten path and it was more a combination of hardpan, thin or native weeds with occasional high patches that were lost ball deep. I was in 2 traps and found them to be very good with moist, thick brown sand. The practice green was very quick. The greens on the course were not quite as quick. I never did get the speed down. I had the same thought as I did from when I played here the 1st time 5-6 years ago... downhill putts seem quicker than you would expect while uphill putts were slower than you would expect. I suspect that being near the ocean (less landmarks to compare with) creates the optical illusion of making you think the slopes are gentler than they actually are? You better be careful with ANY downhill putts, they will creep, and creep and keep creeping down the hill. Our group had several seemingly excellent lags near the hole that ended up being 6' to 10' putts coming back. If this course were 5 miles inland, it would be a $30 to $50 course based on the conditions. However, being located on prime property makes it one of the more expensive public rounds of golf in So Cal. If the conditions are pristine, maybe it's worth it. However, even getting a "deal" here is marginally worth the $$$ in my mind when the greens are average and the fairways below average. I was more impressed with the layout than on my prior visit. The customer service was excellent from the very present cart gal to the attendant who cleaned and took care of your clubs after the round. Enjoyed the experience, but at these prices, I would rarely play here.
Definitely bring your out-of-town friends here
This course was definitely worthwhile. It was the first time I had played it and the back 9 did not disappoint. Front 9 was fine but rather ordinary in comparison with back 9. Greens were nice and overall the course is in fine shape. The best time to play this course is when you have family or friends that come from out of state. The views are fantastic on the back 9. The price is rather steep but it is one of only a few seaside courses in California so it was expected. Twilight rate was $100 and I finished in 3.5 hours. Nice!
Nice Ocean Views
This is a very nice ocean side course in Santa Barbara. If you play after 12:00 noon, the overcast weather burns off and the blue ocean makes you smile. The conditions of the course are green and irrigated despite the drought. I would love to play here every week, if I could.
Needs improvement to be worthy of its past and its place
Been playing Sandpiper for many years and have mixed feelings about this course. It’s in a great location and has a few incredible holes which are worthy of its accolades but the rest of the course is rather mediocre. The fact is that conditions are never up to the standards of a great daily fee and are actually closer to that of a muni. Not sure if the current management is just not interested in bettering the course but it sure seems to be doing its best to run this dog into the ground. There have been many changes made in the last 5 years but none of them have had any positive impact on the course. In fact the course was in pretty awesome shape and conditions but has dramatically slipped in the last 5 or so years. Whether it’s the practice facilities which keep getting smaller and smaller and less fun, or the cutting down of trees and shrubs which used to offer both a scenic boost and a playability test, or the introduction of badly positioned tee boxes, or the removal of bunkers and the tall grasses that used to line them, it seems that they're either not interested in improving what could be a truly spectacular course. Its rather sad since this layout has the potential to be one of the very best courses in So Cal as they’ll never be another coastal course built in this state. Many of us locals feel that with the right attention and the right team, Sandpiper could shine but in its current form it’s a very overrated and hugely overpriced course that is more like a muni except with all the stuffiness and arrogance you typically find at a private club. It would be great if they did some actual improvements to the course as it’s still a hodgepodge of various turf and very mixed conditions. I guess the upside is that due to its price and conditions it’s never very crowded and so you can easily get on any weekend and play a pretty decent pace.
The first time I played Sandpiper I was blown away by the views, location and sea air. I have now played it half a dozen times and I've come to feel that the course itself is very ordinary and the conditions are only fair, and poor in some areas The few scenic holes along the coast, especially the first few holes on the back, make this course worth the steep green fee if you are visiting the area but if I were a local it wouldn't be my first choice
Bucket List Course!
Let me start by saying that I play bogey golf on most courses. For me, this track proved to be slightly more difficult than your average home-course. It was probably the extremely fast greens that made the round a little more difficult than usual. Sandpiper will punish you for setting yourself up with downhill putts. Stay below the pin and putt uphill! Otherwise, take your time and simply enjoy the incredible ocean/beach backdrop that starts with a slight two hole tease on the front nine and then really begins to treat you once your make the turn for the back nine. Bring a camera, soak it in. Sandpiper is certainly one that's worth ponying up for at least once!
Great Views - Pace of Play Issues
I've played here many times. If you've never played it, you should. The views are fantastic and some of the holes are extremely well designed. The only problem with it is pace of play. It is "hit or miss" whether you get experienced players in front of you or once a year golfers staying at the high end resort next door. And THAT wouldn't be a problem if they had marshalls. THey don't. You will almost never see one and if you complain about a group holding up 3 other groups #with 4 holes open in front of them# the staff is STILL reluctant to do anything. I've seen this multiple times so it's an unfortunate pattern. GREAT FOOD and views at the restaurant.
Worth the time to play...
Fair..Fun to play..Walkable, bring a camera for #10-14..Great views. Sometimes called "A poor man's Pebble Beach..You'll use all your clubs..