Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
About Alisal Guest Ranch and ResortGet a taste of an Old West dude ranch with the comforts of a golf resort at the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. This 10,000-acre ranch is tucked into the Santa Ynez Valley 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. It is home to 50 miles of riding trails, a 100-acre spring-fed lake, two courses, tennis courts, pool, spa and fine dining. Just minutes away are more than 75 vineyards/wineries and the Danish village of Solvang.
Golf courses at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
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Alisal River Course...Great layout, a little dry, good greens
Played here four times and keep forgetting that you need to give this course it's due respect. Wind kicked up in afternoon, making the back tough. Lots of weddings in the summer so a lot of nongolfers made it slow. Course was in decent shape during the summer and in a drought. Some dirt spots outside of normal landing areas but if you can play decently you will not encounter. Greens were good, rolled true. For $45 it's a great value..Solvang is a great weekend retreat.
I feel this course is worth the short drive from Goleta/Santa Barbara area. Although the course is basically flat, it is in a scenic area of the Santa Ynez Valley. It has everything for any skill of the golfer. There is plenty of trouble to be found, but a very fair course. I always look forward to a round here!
Sideways - the Movie
This is a nice course in Solvang/ Santa Barbara wine country. Course conditions were green and were irrigated. The layout was interesting. The course was used in the famous film, Sideways. I'll definitely play there next time I'm in Santa Barbara.
Nice Course close to Solvang
We played on a Friday morning and the course was practically empty. I waited in the pro shop to buy tees for 10 minutes but the guy didn't interrupt his phone call to serve me so I can't rate the friendliness of staff very high. Otherwise it was a nice course which provided a bit of challenge, especially when you hadn't played it before and couldn't see where the hazards were.
Men's club member Golf Now deal better then member price early morning tee time. Brought friends who had not played course before. Great day
I am a mens club member, but used golfnow as the price was about half of what a member pays in the morning. It was a little earlier than I usually play ( 7:20 ), but the weather was perfect. The last time I used golfnow at this course there was a frost delay. I enjoy this course, but usually play another because I get a better price for morning tee times. The course was in very good shape and the greens ran very true.
Always in great shape
Been there doesn't times, love the greens, food is great, beautiful view, can't wait to go back
Great course, very scenic !!!
The Wife and I have wanted to play here for sometime, booked into our timeshare, WorldMark, and killed two birds with one stone, spent 3 days at the Solvang Food & Wine festival and got to play this great golf course. The course was fantastic, we played early morning so traffic was minimal. Pro Shop staff were very friendly & helpful. We will definitely be back !!!
I have not played here in a while. The day was great playing with my wife and another couple that we met that play here quite often. The course is in excellent condition and I would urge everyone to play here. The viewa are beautiful and the weather is perfect. The course could not have been in better condition, the greens are pure, the restaurant was also great. I will return and play more often and it is only 45 minutes from where I live.
Good Course, Great Marshall
Had a nice round at the River Course. We were frost delayed for about an hour and somehow, instead of going out as a 4-some, we ended up as a 2-some, behind the first 4-some. The marshall was adamant that we pass the group on the first par 3 (4th hole) given we were waiting on the first few holes. He came back on the 8th hole to make sure we were ahead of the group.
We ended up finishing in just under 3 hours and it made me wish that golf courses were more pro-active about rounds going smoothly...the starter could have put us out before the 4-some and saved some trouble. Lots of easy ways to "fix" the game.
Course was in great shape and in a great setting. The holes are fine, but the location is what makes this place nice.
Beautiful and wide open. Got a golf now deal at $35 I think. Can't beat it for that price. Wide open so great for beginners but challenging enough that good players can still get in trouble and need to make good shot selections. Will definilty play again.
River Course at The Alisal
Teed off @ 7am with RGM2525 on a GolfNow Hot Deal for $27.49 including a cart. We played the blues, (6451/70.9/121) in 3H, 30 minutes as the 1st group out this a.m. We played the front 9 in a dense fog and it was cold. The back 9 was in beautiful, much warmer weather.
The greens putted medium fast, maybe a little slower than they looked and I expected, but they putted well.
The sand traps were in excellent condition, nicely maintained with medium sand.
The fairways & rough were generally lush. however, there were far too many unfixed divots on almost every fairway. The rough was usually not too penal. However, there were areas of the native stuff that was waiting to swallow any errant shots.
The tees were OK, not as good as the rest of the course. The par 3's in particular were fairly chewed up.
The customer service was excellent, the pro shop got us out 1st since no other groups were ready. I like this course, wish it were not so far away. It has been above average the 3 times I have played here over the past 5-6 years.
Just keeps getting better!
I played Alisal River when it first opened up. The trees were scrawny and the fairways were thin. This course has matured, and matured beautifully. It's been over a decade since I played here, but it is in great shape, the greens roll true, and the pace of play was fantastic. Happy to give them 5 stars. Well deserved!
River Course Review
Nice course to play if you can get a discount. Tourist prices if you pay full price and not really worth it. Pretty wide open but plenty of trouble if you are not hitting the ball straight. Overall its a nice course but overpriced unless you use Golf Now or other discount. Beautiful place to have lunch but the staff is pretty bad. Beautiful scenery and usually nice weather with minimal wind.
An awesome sunday
It was an awesome Sunday to play on this course. My colleague and I enjoy very much. The next time I play here, I will bring my daughter here and for sure she will have a blast.
Great course but can only afford to play with deals like this
Beautiful views, great course - challenging, without beating yourself up. Reschedule if the men's club is in front - slow play due to $$ skins game.