1054 Alisal Road, Solvang, California 93463, US
(805) 693-4208
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About Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

Get 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. 

Facts

Price Range$$, $$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres10000
Year Opened1946
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual, Bar
Room TypesSuite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

Reviews

4.2
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Excellent Value For the Money

7:45am tee time on a Saturday, nobody before us and very few after us. For $34.00 on Golfnow, this place was unbeatable. Course conditions were excellent, especially since the day before was heavy rain. Would recommend this course for moderate to upper skill levels; however, don't shy away if you're a beginner. This is a very friendly course with excellent maintenance and friendly service. It's definitely one everyone should give a try.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

straight fowerd, not tricked up course

Fair course, excellent large greens,fairways in great condition,not long however enough character to challange.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 43
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Very nice layout

Great place to play if you're in area. Nice layout, great for walking. Very scenic.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 765
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
California Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

River course...

Teed off @ 7am on Sunday 9/7 with RGM2525 on a GolfNow hot deal for $30 including a cart. POP was 4H, 15 minutes, we were a 4some and let two 2 somes play through.

Second time playing here, nice layout, enjoyed the course just as much as the first time several years ago. A few holes where accuracy is even more paramount than normal where you really had to thread the needle. However, there were other holes where there was a very generous landing area. FAIR was a word I'd use to describe this layout, good shots are rewarded and getting crooked can be death on many holes. The short par 3 17th where water surrounds the green 270 degrees is visually intimidating with a gusty wind blowing partially in your face and partially sideways toward the water front and right... yet if you over club, the water in back comes into play.

Greens were a medium fast, maybe little slower than they looked and expected, but they putted well considering they were not mowed on Sunday.

The traps were in excellent condition, nicely maintained.

The fairways & rough were generally lush. Usually the rough was not too penal, however, there were areas of the native stuff that was a lost ball or broken wrist waiting to happen if you found your ball and tried to whack it out. We had multiple members of this group take 3 whacks to advance the ball out of the deep stuff.

The tees were OK, the par 3's were fairly chewed up.

An anomaly for this round. They were setting up the course for sectional PGA Qualifying and had all 18 pins placed in the middle of the green to save the parts of the greens they were going to be using for the qualifier.

Customer service was good, I would highly recommend this course based on my two rounds here over the past 4 years.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Solid Course all around.

Course was in great shape even in this drought! Greens rolled great. I will be playing here again!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice complement to your wine tasting tour!

A morning round at this course is a Great complement to your wine tasting tour. It's a nice setup and in great conditions for this time of the year. A bit pricey for this level of golf course. I definitely recommend it if you're looking for an activity that complements we'll with touristique visits and wine tasting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Well kept course.

Excellent condition and great pace of play, well worth the price through golf now.com

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great place outside Solvag

The golf course is in great shape. With the drought and water restrictions in Southern California. A must play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Alisal Drought

Course in great condition considering drought and wide open on a nice Sunday afternoon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Nice course

It was a last minute decision. Arrived there at 330pm for a tee time at 400pm. We advised the guy working in the proshop that we needed clubs. We were advised that we had to be back by 630pm as he was closing the proshop? 630? So we had to hurry and golf in 330hr. Round and cart cost was $40.00 each and club rental were $ 40.00 a set. Expensive as the club were not in great condition. I almost felt that we were bothering the guy at the proshop. Otherwise good round.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Pleasantly surprised!

Returned to this course after a 15 year absence. Happy to see the small trees have matured nicely providing a clear view on how each hole runs from tee to greens. Greens were in very good condition and rolled true. Only negative is the lack of visible yardage on sprinklers or fairway markers. However, I look forward to returning again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Nice course in a getaway location

Played with friends from Santa Barbara and enjoyed the outing very much. A fun course to play with a fair landing areas and sufficient bunkering to make it interesting and penalized the errant shot. Greens were large and relatively flat but in great condition and receptive to well hit shots. Not much elevation changes on the course but trees and a few water hazards create some psyc factors. We played early and had no one in front of us. We let one three some of locals play through as they were playing faster than we were. Otherwise we had the place to ourselves. We finished just in time for a nice lunch on the patio. Located in the interesting town of Solvang where you could spend a day visiting the many shops and venues of Danish heritage.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Great golf for the $$

Course was in very good shape for the drought conditions we are experiencing. Open course that is very forgiving up to a point.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

enjoyable place to golf

We have golfed at the River Course several times and find it to be a very pleasant and enjoyable place both on the course and the restaurant where the food is excellent (open for lunch only). The setting is very peaceful, the golf course was in wonderful condition and the staff was very helpful and accommodating.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course

Had a wonderful round of golf, very fair course and worth every penny, would highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great course and great weather

I would play this course everyday if I could. Great fun to play here!. Cool in the am before 8:00...54 degrees. Beautiful course. Great deal with golf now

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

2.5 hr round

Went out early on a Monday morning and was able to play by myself. Course is in excellent condition. Fairways manicured, and greens are like carpet.

I was out with the grounds keeper. They were doing their thing and I was doing mine. Although some hole I was hitting into a field of sprinklers watering the fairways, it didn't bother me, but it might others.

Love the course. Look forward to my next round here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

The total package

Great course, great conditions top notch staff. The river course is a cool layout with winding fairways, water and wonderful views of the Santa ynez Hills. Gotta be accurate off the tee as there are some tight tree lined passages to navigate. Make sure to stay for lunch as the steak tacos are amazing. Seriously.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

this course is nestled in a valley with fairly flat terrain

The River course at Allisal Ranch is a very nice course. It is lined on the fairways with Sycamore tress. they can be troublesome at times. very scenic outlay. The course has fairly flat greens. nice fairway grasses and the tee boxes are nicely done. best to go in the morning early, because it can get hot and windy.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Great Course, Bad Service

Found a great deal to play some golf on Saturday morning (Golfnow Hot Deal) and really enjoyed the round. The course was a great shape and the pace of play was excellent. The deal was great but even for the standard rate on Golfnow, you would get good value for your money.

The experience with the staff was a bit poor. Prior to the round, found out a good friend was going to be attending the same wedding and called the Pro Shop to see if they could accommodate us adding another (we were a twosome) or moving us around to find space. There was zero effort to help us out and basically told tough luck. When we get to the course, it's an absolute gong show off the first tee (I was given the impression on the phone that they run a tight ship, obviously not the case) and we ended up playing as a twosome. Clearly would not have been a problem to accommodate us adding another and it ended up being a lost opportunity to play a round with a friend who lives across the country.

The customer service aside, the course was fun, challenging and in great shape. Definitely recommend it but just don't expect any willingness to accommodate you as a guest.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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