Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 11
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 11
The glorious 11th hole at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 2
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 2
The par-4 second hole is the no. 1 handicap at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 5
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 5
The climb to the fifth green at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 6
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 6
The par-3 sixth hole at the Sandpiper Golf Club follows the ocean cliffs. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 7
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 7
The downhill, dog-leg left at no. 7 at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - clubhouse
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Sandpiper Golf Club - clubhouse
The clubhouse at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - clubhouse view
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Sandpiper Golf Club - clubhouse view
The view from the Sandpiper Golf Club clubhouse past the 18th green to the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 10
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 10
No. 10 at the Sandpiper Golf Club sweeps left toward the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - 10th green
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Sandpiper Golf Club - 10th green
The infinity 10th green at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 11 view
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 11 view
No. 11 at the Sandpiper Golf Club ranks among the best ocean holes on the West Coast. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 12
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 12
No. 12 at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 13
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 13
What an approach to the par-5 13th hole at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - 13th green
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Sandpiper Golf Club - 13th green
The 13th green at the Sandpiper Golf Club sits high on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 17
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 17
Hole 17 at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 18
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Sandpiper Golf Club - hole 18
The par-3 finishing hole at the Sandpiper Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Ocean Views: Santa Barbara's Sandpiper Golf Club rivals Pebble Beach for scenery

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Pacific Ocean greets golfers the minute they pull into the parking lot at the Sandpiper Golf Club .

You can see it from the driving range, the clubhouse and almost every hole on the 7,159-yard course. It's this omnipresent scenery that has earned Sandpiper the nickname "Poor man's Pebble Beach".

Not that playing Sandpiper is cheap, but its $200 weekend green fee is less than half the cost of playing the real Pebble Beach Golf Links . Sandpiper, a William F. Bell design from 1972 owned by Ty Warner (known by everybody as the 'Beanie Baby' guy), has a few mundane inland holes, but its best cliff holes certainly rival those at Pebble Beach.

After a two-hole tease on the front nine (holes 5-6), the ocean takes over during a fantastic five-hole stretch starting at no. 10. This twisting dogleg left ends at an infinity green overlooking the water. With a green right on the beach, the downhill par-3 11th hole is every bit the equal of the famed par-3 seventh at Pebble Beach. The 12th tee, the start of a tricky, uphill, blind par 4, is so close to the beach that you might as well go surfing if your game has gone sour. The climax comes at no. 13, an epic par 5 along the cliffs that requires a heroic approach over a hazard to the green. The day ends on a par 3, a unique finish to a one-of-a-kind round.

Golf Advisor user 'lhnjax' summed the whole experience up best by writing in her review : "If you can't afford Pebble go play this course. Amazing ocean views. Course in great shape. Greens blazing at about 12. A course you could play every day for the rest of your life."


Staff reviews of Sandpiper Golf Club: Jason Deegan


The nickname "Poor man's Pebble Beach" doesn't do #SandpiperGC in #santabarbara justice. Wicked fast greens and stunning scenery.

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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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