8301 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, California 93117, US
(805) 968-0100
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About Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

The Ritz-Carlton, Santa Barbara is sandwiched between the golden beaches of the Pacific and surrounding Santa Ynez Mountains. The 358-room resort takes inspiration from the Mediterranean. Its collection of amenities include a 42,000-square-foot spa, three saltwater infinity pools, six restaurants and two beaches. It is adjacent to the Sandpiper Golf Club, which has been dubbed "The Poor Man's Pebble Beach" for its more affordable green fees and oceanfront scenery.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres78
Year Opened2000
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsCasual, Fine
Room TypesRoom, Suite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

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

Golf courses at Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Reviews

3.3
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Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing views

This truly is the poor man's pebble beach. For the price you pay at almost any quality course in CA you can play here and feel like a pro playing pebble.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Beautiful, expensive, ocean course.

I went on a golf trip to California with my dad and a buddy and we played this course on a reccomendation. It was worth the drive to Santa Barbara. Very pretty course and it does play along the ocean with one hole playing down to the ocean. Staff was great and it really is a fun course. Greens were true and probably ran at an 11.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Poor man's Pebble

About 15 minutes north of Santa Barbara, one of 2 courses that is a must if you are in this area. A bit beat up because of the draught, but all else is great.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The poor man's Pebble Beach

This course was set along the bluffs of Santa Barbara. This course was laid out similar to pebble beach but for a 1/5 of the cost. There are about 7 holes located along the water with one that allows you to tee off direct facing the Pacific Ocean. I would suggest this course to any and everyone!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth a return visit! Sandpiper - Santa Barbara

Played about 24 holes. Pro shop allowed a start on the back nine, since #1 had 2 4somes waiting. Very interesting layout, long holes (from back tees) and great grubb from their indoor/iutdoor grill. Weather was nice at first, became overcast. We had a discounted green fee, $80 noontime. Great service...attendanr swapped out my spikes foe me!
Professional staff!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course for the GolfNow discount price of $105

Beautiful course! Really liked the staff and the course overall. The only thing I noticed was there was hardly ever a ball wash at the tee! So, having a clean ball on each hole was hard. I think they just need to add a ball wash to each hole or each cart, which ever is cheaper. We had a 12 noon tee time on a Saturday in November, so hoped 5 hours would be enough time to finish all 18. We just made it in 5 hours and invited the 2 some behind up to join us so they could finish as well.

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

Beautiful course/ great condition

The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful with hints for playing the course as it was my first time. Course was in pristine condition even in October. A great course with no gimmicky holes.
I will be back! Golfnow rate was 50% of regular so made it even better.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pretty views and nice layout. But course was in poor condition.

Had a nice afternoon on the course. Several holes are right on the water so there are definitely nice views. However, many of the fairways had large, bare patches. Others had areas where they were trying to go new sod but it didn't seem like the grass was taking... Greens were in decent shape but they had sanded recently so they were running fairly slow.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Majestic course with a great layout

Loved this place! had course was in awesome condition in every aspect, had gorgeous views with lots of holes along the coastline, and the people there let us tee off an hour early since there was a little gap in tee times. Amazing experience

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

PACE OF PLAY

lOVE THE COURSE IT IS GREAT BUT MANAGEMENT CONDONED SLOW PACE OF PLAY AND WILL NOT ASK PLAYERS TO PICK UP THEIR PACE OF PLAY. POOR MANAGEMENT.!!!!!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

potential to be a great course

I'm sorry to say lack of water and budget constraints have eroded the conditions of a formerly very good course.
If I paid the full rate, I would have been extremely upset. Having paid almost half price, I still don't think I will go out of my way to play there until I hear the county gives the course-manager funds to restore this former beauty. Maybe winter rains will help. I wouldn't go back any sooner.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

great course, spectacular views, speedy greens but dry fairways.

Enjoyed this round very much. Course has plenty length. Many greens with views of beach and sea. Some nice elevation changes in the course. The greens are excellent. Quick but fair, stay below the hole or face a dreaded downhill putt.

Good driving range playing balls from grass. Balls, water, towels for cleaning is ready to use. Practice green is also for chipping and is big. Pitching area is limited.

Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Golf at the Beach

Great views, good golf. Greens are fast, course is in good shape. Perfect summer golfing on the ocean front. Not crowded. Course is challenging, but not frustrating.
Would play again and again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Gun course

Fun course overall, but needs improvements in quantity of ball washers, yardage markers in the fairways, tee box grass is too high, pace of play would be greatly improved if waking twosomes and walking singles weren't put out in between players in carts. Messes the pace of play up flow up considerably and clauses players to rush as someone is always on your tail! Contact the gent in Pebble Beach who has been working with the PGA on some of the majors this year for his expertise! He has helped Pebble Beach if I am not mistaken and could help Sandpiper!

Had a great time overall, but some changes are needed!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful back nine...WOW.

Perfect summer day, late July, played as the fog broke around 1 pm. If you are not accustomed to the marine weather in the summer, you may be chilly in the mornings. Practice green was really fast and fooled us as we hit the course - we loved the greens though, lots of uphill from front to back.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great views, nice layout, high price.

This course is situated beautifully on the Pacific Coast, with the ocean visible from most of the course and several holes dramatically placed with the ocean as a backdrop.

The layout is good. There are only a couple of sort of tricky holes due to the terrain. The condition is good, but not perfect. And there is the rub. For the high green fee I expect "Pristine" conditions.

The course is worth playing just for the views, but the price is out of line with the condition of the course. Glenannie Golf Club, a few miles away, is less expensive, in better condition, but does not have the great ocean views.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf experience. Glad to have finally played.

I learned about this course from a golf buddy in college. Its taken me 15 years to finally play it, but I'm glad I did. Course was in fine shape tee to green, with other areas pretty rough.
I don't play very often anymore, so this was a treat. Great atmosphere, scenery, driving range preloaded with balls for warm up. Would definitely come back next time in Santa Barbara.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Undulating course with beautiful views of the ocean.

A fun course to play. Greens slope from back to front and can be pretty fast. Hole #11 is a breathtaking par 3 that drops 100 feet down to the beach. Will definitely play again if I can get another great deal ($60 for 6:50AM tee time).

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

A True Top of the Line Coastal Course

I've played Torrey Pines South, Pebble Beach, The Plantation Course at Kapalua Maui, and The Prince Course in Kauai; Sandpiper has holes that remind me of each. There are some great holes and a good mix of challenging holes and straight forward holes. Many times tough courses have holes where you need a caddy to know where to aim, which drives me insane. Sandpiper only has one hole like that (#12, which I didn't care for). The fairways and greens were in great condition.

My wife went along and I hate the rider fee, especially when I went out as a single. I would think they could wave that fee in that case. It's not like I was part of a foursome and needed a third cart. Other than that annoyance (although it was expected as it is on their website), I really enjoyed the course and the staff is very friendly. A great taste of the best coast courses in the world right in Southern California.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Nicest course I've played in a long time

What a beautiful course. It's got some long holes (7200 yards from the tips) but makes it challenging. Views of the ocean from almost every hole. Look forward to playing again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
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