Central Coast Golf Courses

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Worth the drive

Make the trip to California’s Central Coast and find an array of stunning and affordable golf courses.

by Southland Golf StaffPublished: July, 2011

Sandpiper Golf Club

Santa Barbara
(805) 968-1541 •
Sandpiper brings golfers to the edge of the coast in scenic Santa Barbara. With breathtaking ocean and mountain views from every hole, Sandpiper is truly a memorable experience. Rated as one of “America’s Top 75 Upscale Golf Courses” by Golf Digest, the William F. Bell design features beautiful rolling fairways and challenging greens in a links-style layout.

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

Santa Barbara
(805) 683-6334 •
A rugged and majestic layout tucked away in the hills of Santa Barbara, Rancho San Marcos Golf Course drew inspiration from the property’s rich history that dates back to the early 1800s. The layout gracefully saddles the natural topography, meandering through a plethora of ancient oaks and preserved traces of adobe structures and the San Marcos Stagecoach trail.

Hunter Ranch and La Purisima Golf Courses

Paso Robles
(805) 237-7444 • and
Hunter Ranch (pictured) and La Purisima are two of the most scenic 18-hole courses on California’s Central Coast. Pristine fairways are lined with century-old oak trees, and natural grasses, and each course is located very close to world-class wineries. Be sure to visit for an exclusive offer at both courses.

Cypress Ridge Golf Course

Arroyo Grande
(888) 781-4653 •
Renowned as one of the top golf courses in San Luis Obispo County, Cypress Ridge was honored with 4.5 stars in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” The layout, which was crafted by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, is a fitting complement to the surrounding region. Grandiose views of nearby sand dunes and coastal mountain ranges greet golfers at several of the elevated tee boxes, and, as the course name suggests, mature cypress trees line the fairways. Check out the website for the latest deals on green fees.

Avila Beach Golf Resort

Avila Beach
(805) 595-4000 •
The oceanfront 18-hole course at Avila Beach Golf Resort is located three miles off of Highway 101 between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. The par-71 layout has a front nine situated among oak-lined valleys, while the back nine traverses a tidal estuary. Be sure to check out the many surrounding attractions, including the beach, quaint restaurants and deep sea fishing. For an extended stay, consider the Avila Village Inn, complete with Jacuzzi rooms and full access to the Avila Bay Club spa and health club.

Central Coast Golf Trail

Various locations
(877) 679-1122 •
Whether you’re looking for a challenging course to test your skills or a fun place to play with family and friends, the Central Coast Golf Trail has it all. Fine courses in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo (pictured: Monarch Dunes Golf Club), and Paso Robles are part of the Trail and can provide the ideal location for your next golf vacation. This region also offers the option of going wine tasting or visiting a beautiful beach after a morning round.