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River Course at Alisal

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4 Stars
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4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6830 yards
Slope 125
Rating 72.7
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6830 yards 72.7 125
Blue 72 6451 yards 70.9 121
White 72 6099 yards 69.5 118
White (W) 72 6099 yards 75.7 132
Red (W) 72 5710 yards 73.8 128
Scorecard for River Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 72.8/126 570 386 420 226 583 395 438 358 172 3548 430 539 147 391 523 356 399 123 374 3282 6830
Blue M: 71.0/122 563 368 400 206 563 376 407 331 150 3364 411 521 134 356 498 337 370 106 354 3087 6451
White M: 69.5/118 W: 75.3/131 527 352 380 186 532 358 397 311 131 3174 402 466 128 340 484 320 363 89 333 2925 6099
Red W: 73.8/128 465 340 369 136 519 339 381 302 126 2977 384 450 111 325 476 250 346 82 309 2733 5710
Handicap 15 11 5 7 13 3 1 9 17 2 12 18 8 10 4 6 16 14
Par 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 36 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 9 5 15 3 11 1 13 17 2 10 16 8 4 14 6 18 12

Course Details

Year Built 1992
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

4.3
87

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 17
Drinks 13
Amazing Food 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 22
Water Hazards 20
Forced Carries 10
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 25
Walkers 17
A Weekend Splurge 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 24
Near Local Attractions 15
Convenient to the City 10

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

More than meets the Eye...

In the interest of full disclosure I live in Solvang. So, easy to get to is big... Wrapped in the Santa Ynez Mtns. one only needs to look up to see the beauty. While most CA courses are probably in good shaped after the rains... it particularly helped the River Course. The front is not too exciting, several of the holes parallel each other so if it had been busy (it wasn't) it's easy to see other groups hitting into your fairway. If you hit a decent drive at around 220ish many of the fairways are bunkered left and right, so you just can't swing away, unless of course you don't mind coming in from the opposite fairway... the greens are a combo grass(?), sort of like a few days growth on your face, even after they're cut so while looking straight forward they can trip you up. The green traps are not difficult to get out of, holding the green 'stubble' is another story. As you work your way around the heart of wine country it's hard not to smile... especially if you got a good deal. The pro shop staff is quite friendly the bar & restaurant good. Worth the money... Enjoy!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best course in Santa Barbra county

My opinion best course in Santa Barbara county
The fairways, greens and the staff are very top notch.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very good overall

Good staff, good layout, conveniently located in Solvang. Fair course conditions, parts of rough very penal. Course conditions have declined a little over the years, but seems normal industry-wide.
Regular rates seem high for this course. Used Hot Deal and rewards, so it was great this time. I'd come back for sure using Golf Now.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
3.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

I could play here every day.

First time playing this course. The course was forgiving but also challenging. It's condition was great, I don't know if it is always this way or because of the nice amount of rain we have had recently.
The entire facility was very nice. The pro shop employee's were friendly and helpful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

36

With all the recent rain, the course is in beautiful shape. Forward tees do not offer much advantage. At 5700+ yards, it is a tough go for the ladies.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice fairways and greens- slow pace of play- no post round drink.

There was no monitoring of pace of play- Starter put a walking 3some out ahead of our riding twosome delaying our tee time by 25 minutes and leading to a 5 hour round. Clubhouse and bar was closed when we finished well before dark.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Exceeded Expectations

The River Course at Alisal was a pleasant surprise. I played the tips which enhances the feel and sights from the elevated tee boxes. The course was in tremendous shape from the recent rains this winter which was sorely needed. Fairways were plush and the greens were quick and true. We had a hot deal greens fee so expect to pay about 75% more. Overall a good golf outing!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Course for the casual player or beginner

I played this course for the first time with my son who is a beginner. So it was perfect for us. We were never held up and were "pushed" on only a couple of holes. So the pace of play was great. The course condition was very good with some of the best condition greens I have played in a while. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. At $37.49 per player with all fees it was a good value. The course layout is simple with most of the holes being straight with hardly any elevation change. It does have some narrow ravines to drive over depending what tees you play. Most holes are tree lined but sparse enough that you can always advance the ball. Every hole had sand traps and bunkers that are fairly placed. Many of the holes had some kind of water hazard but again fairly placed meaning that if you hit into them you hit a bad shot. The greens are big and with little undulation. The greens were in great condition. Where this facility fell was on amenities! They had no beverage cart running, the snack shack was closed and the grill was closed when we finished.[5:00pm] Overall I would say this course is designed for the beginner to casual player. It is still interesting enough for the low handicapper.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great outing!

My husband and I were able to play the course by ourselves in 3 1/2 hours starting at 1pm. The fairways and greens were in great shape, and the scenery is beautiful. The driving range mats needed updating. They were old and awkward to hit from. Other than that we really enjoyed our round and look forward to returning.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun Course

This golf course is very well maintained especially with all of the lack of water in the central coast. Course is fairly easy because of the parallel fairways, but still has several challenging holes due to the amount of trees and other various hazards. I would recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful yet challenging

Played during the week so not many people on course. No staff on hand to help with clubs. Loved the golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value and decent golf course

Fun golf corse with interesting holes. Greens were in excellent condition and the fairways were in good condition. In the rough there were several areas that we're bare so mud puddles had formed. The cart paths were unpaved in several areas. We played during the week and the course was almost empty so pace of play was great. The downside was no beverage cart that day. We look forward to playing here again next year.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course open

I booked a online time at 6:30am through golf now. The course doesn't open that early! I had to wait for someone to show up about 6:45. I was able to get out right away but disappointed in Golf Now for not being correct on their web site..

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

beutifull setting///scinic

the course was in prettygood shape considering drought conditions in the area. definitly will play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

poor playing experience

no mention was made of the condition of the greens either at the time of booking on golf now, or when we checked in at the proshop. greens had been punched and sanded and were in terrible condition. the rest of the course conditions were poor as well, bare spots on the fairways and tees.no beverage cart, and half way house not open, no mention was made of either of those issues. the course does not return to clubhouse at the turn, so this was inconvenient to get refreshments. have played this course in years past and experienced better conditions.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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