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Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Ranked #61 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: Golf Courses
Activities: Golfing
Description: Championship golf course
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Santa Monica, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

RSM was in surprisingly good shape considering how it's suffered from the drought. Late spring rainstorms have brought the tees and fairways back to life [the greens have always been in excellent shape]. The course staff informed us they have some water in their reservoir to get them through the next couple months, so if you're interested in playing RMS,... More

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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The staff at this golf course are the friendliest and sincerely nicest people we've ever encountered in our golf careers so far. :) The course is lovely,yes the grass is dormant in places, but not dead, and it doesn't affect your game, the scenery is beautiful and it's so tranquil and quiet. We saw a lot of wildlife during the... More

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Atlanta, GA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is a well laid out golf course within 30 minutes of Montecito and Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, they have been killed by drought conditions. Call first, to see if they have grass (they have not in recent months). If they have grass, could be great. As is, go elsewhere. But very nice staff!!

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Largo, Florida, United States
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I lived on San Marcos Ranch when I was 10 years old. My Dad was Mr. and Mrs. Odell's chauffer. This was way before it became a golf course. It was a working ranch with cattle and horses as well as alfalfa and oat hay. It was old, but still functioning. I learned how to ride a horse, bail hay,... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Potentially a very nice course but it needs water on the fairways in the worst way. Great layout and scenery and the greens were in great shape but the fairways were like the runway at the airport. Staff was friendly and engaging! With green fairways it would rate as potentially outstanding. Also they have a great app!

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San Francisco Bay Area
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We booked tee times for this course through a "stay and play" package with a hotel. The golf course failed to let the hotel staff know that the course is dead (except for the greens). We had planned our entire day around our round of golf, drove all the way up to the course and were shocked to see the... More

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San Diego, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Great course. Great layout. Great greens. Great service. Good food. Fairways are are completely dead and brown and hard as concrete. They have a water shortage. Course is still very playable though and well worth reduced rates.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

While in Santa Barbara for a wedding, we decided mix in some golf. Looked on Trip Advisor and saw that this course was well rated, checked the website and it looked like an outstanding course. WRONG!!!! Took the winding uphill 15 mile journey from town to this course, apparently they have had a major drought the past 2 years, so... More

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Santa Barbara, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

A relatively short course that will punish wayward shots, particularly on the back nine. But the views are remarkable and the sense of being in the ranch country make it a remarkable place to play. Gets very hot in the summer and can be very windy in the afternoon. The barbecue tri-tip sandwich is one of the best in a... More

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Roswell, GA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

While on business in the area we decided to take a golf break. This was one of 2 recommended for this area. The views from around 11 thru about 16 were breathtaking. Lunch at the clubhouse and unlimited range balls helped to pass a couple of hours since we were very early. Would definitely play this course again

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