Sandpiper Golf Course Review
Santa Barbara, CA
Review by GolfTop18
Rating: 4 out of 5
Year Last Reviewed: 2009
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Sandpiper Golf Course Overview: Located on a stretch of land along the Pacific Ocean, this is the golf course furthest south in California that feels similar to a Monterey golf course. Highlighted by a couple of stretches along the coastal cliffs, there are plenty of good views. The greens are really tough to putt, which, since most of them are fairly easy to find, is the main defense against low scores. The best holes are reviewed below:
Sandpiper Golf Course Hole 2: The best inland golf hole by far features a very tight drive between huge trees to the left and a hazard to the right. The green is relatively wide open but slopes strongly.
Sandpiper Golf Course Hole 5: Reminiscent in design to #6 at Pebble Beach, but without the ocean and inverted, this short par five has a wide drive between a large bunker right and trees left. The second shot is then blind uphill between bunkers to the green. The view once cresting the hill is spectacular as the green is backed up against the cliffs of the Pacific. Although there is little danger from the cliffs, the reveal is extraordinary.
Sandpiper Golf Course Hole 6: Although this par 3 is fairly straight forward and easy, running along the Pacific, the view are fantastic. A pin placement left could actually yield some nervous swings.
Sandpiper Golf Course Hole 10: This fantastic short dogleg left par four has a great view of the ocean. The driver can lay up right or try to cut the corner of the dogleg over the bunkers. A miss short or left however will either be in the hazard or leave, at best, an awkward lie. The green is perched along the cliff top and has strong break from back to front. The shorter the approach and 1st putt, the better.
Sandpiper Golf Course Hole 11: Picking a club on this golf hole is tough as the tee shot is strongly elevated, usually into the wind and hitting into a green 40 yards deep. This is not made any easier by the creek running right and the ocean sitting right behind the green for extra distraction.
Sandpiper Golf Course Hole 13: This good par five goes along the ocean cliffs to the right. The key is the canyon crossing in front of the greens. There are two greens on this golf hole. The left one is fairly boring, but might give the player the chance to reach in two. The right one, however, is behind the canyon and devilishly guarded by a deep front bunker.