Santa Barbara Golf Club

4.1016352941 4.1 stars from 5 (100)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6022 yards
  • Slope: 123
  • Rating: 69.4
  • Layout

  • 3500 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara, California 93105, Santa Barbara County
  • (805) 687-7087
  • (805) 687-1651
  • www.playsantabarbara.com
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Year built: 1958
Architect(s): Lawrence Hughes (1958), Steve Timm, Bob Cupp
Type: Public/Municipal
Greens: Bentgrass and Poa Grass
Fairways: Kikuyu Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $15
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6022 yards 69.4 123
White 70 5711 yards 67.9 119
White (W) 72 5711 yards 73.5 129
Red 70 5447 yards 66.6 116
Red (W) 72 5447 yards 72.1 126
White/Green 70 4915 yards 64.3 110
Red/Green (W) 72 4870 yards 68.6 118
Green 70 4154 yards 61.0 102
Green (W) 72 4154 yards 64.2 105

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 100 Reviews
5 stars:
18
4 stars:
69
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

93 out of 98 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions worth the drive   Great for locals seniors walkers   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"Lazy Monday 18"


golfCAmk's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played front 9 in under 2hrs, kinda clogged up once we made the turn, but still ok pace. Course is in decent condition still, hasn’t browned out yet. Got hot deal on GolfNow, can’t beat it!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"++"


heddyone's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in fantastic shape...especially the greens!

Teed off at 1:45 and were done by 5:30!! Under 4 Hrs.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Lovely"


u000007233687's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great people , nice course, good value . 100% will play next next time in area!!! Pro shop people were very nice.. brand new carts too !! BUT NO GPS?


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course is in great shape."


truiz9902's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good times with my kid and the third they threw in with us. Staff is very attentive and concerned with our wishes. Big Props to the staff. Always accommodating. Been playing/working there off and on for 40 years. Gollfnow makes it affordable.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



colinlester's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good track"


Daveron2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well maintained, greens run fast and true. Good value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Greens are really in great condition."


Mark8944135's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Don't let this short course fool you. The greens can be tricky and pay attention to pin locations to give yourself a good putt for them pesky birdies. Be sure to take in the beautiful mountain views and take some time to enjoy a bite to eat on the patio at Mulligans, which has some delicious grub, thirst quenching libations and great views of the golf course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Bob7197461's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



bari4's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The only reason pace of play was not a zero , the extra super slow 4some in front of us left after a 3:10 hour front 9. They were almost 3 holes behind when the Marshall finally showed up. Tried to purchase some drinks and snacks for round but after 10 minutes waiting I grabbed a granola and just left $2 on counter(kitchen help apologized). I will play course again but will avoid the restaurant and snack bar.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"2-4 players ... Not good for me"


djcat57's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Being a single players the 2-4 players doesn't do me any good. Plz make it 1 -4 players . Thank you


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000005577812's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u021684629's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, super friendly staff, will definitely play here again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000005577812's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



ParMatt's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Muni course"


Bill1742431's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy this course. Staff is great. Good value for Santa Barbara.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Muni Monday's are the best!"


Dgronsky's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the Golf Now Monday Special.

Santa Barbara Golf Club is in great shape with smooth greens and lush fairways. The pace of play was about four hours (good for a 1:30pm tee time). Went to Muligans befor the round for a great burger and enjoyed a cocktail after the round as well. All in all, a perfect way to spend a Monday afternoon. Nice to know "the muni" is in good hands! The new Management and staff do a great job.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Sticky Rough"


steven23's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful town, beautiful weather, and a well maintained municipal course made our day a special one. The friendly staff and the two singles we picked up only added to our good day. The course is a little short (just over 6,000 yards), but the prevailing winds help to alleviate the distance shortage and provide plenty of challenge. A word of caution for those who like to run their shots onto the greens: beware of the Bermuda grass guarding each of these greens - it is sticky! Once on the putting surface, all is good. Smooth rolls.

Looking forward to another round on our next visit to Santa Barbara.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



theclosetgirl58's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



theclosetgirl58's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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