This year GreensKeeper.org awards Sandpiper Golf Club Best Playing Conditions 2019 for the Santa Barbara County, California.
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Posted: 12/20/19 9:06a
Member Since: Dec 30, 2002
From: Thousand Oaks
Reading Sal’s review and reflecting on my experience with Garth’s group it’s pretty humbling. Joined up with Garth for the round, previously played with him and the Gold Coast Golf Association in March, was really impressed with how friendly, organized and fun the outings are. Sandpiper is one of my favorite courses in SoCal so this was a no brainer. Didn’t expect Garth to make a special announcement about me joining them to play. Appreciated it but man, I’m just an avid golfer that loves this game.
As far as conditions, those greens were running around a 12, super smooth, holding shots and in tough locations. Even the hot dog putter was tormented at times. But they are fun. The rest of the golf course is exactly what I expected for this time of year. Firm with tight lies.
It’s a different course compared to April and December. In April (last time I played it) you have a more lush course, more eye pleasing and in overall better shape. In December following a dry summer and fall (remember SoCal didn’t get a bunch of rain until just 30 days ago) there are going to be thin spots and occasional bare spots up there. They are doing some small tine fairway aeration in trouble spots. But what you always get with Sandpiper is simply stunning ocean views and some spectacular golf holes. The ambiance of the place is one of my absolute favorites. It’s the main reason, IMO, to play the golf course.
I don’t think I have or will ever play an immaculate conditioned Sandpiper but it’s always in very good to great shape which is good enough for me given the amazing location. Always Recommended.