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Roundup 2: GK Review Guru Visit Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 18

Roundup: GK Review Guru Visit Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California

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Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Clubhouse
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Clubhouse
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - GK Review Gurus show up en masse to Review your Course
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – GK Review Gurus show up en masse to Review your Course
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Range set-up
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Range set-up

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

Santa Barbara, CA
Reviewed by:  rgm2525, chatsworth
Played 3-31-17 with JohnnyGK, GDR23, an Itslikeimsayin for a GK Guru round teeing off around 11:30 and finishing in about 4 1/2 hours. Tee boxes were in really good shape very lush but you did have to search for a level stance on a lot of them. Fairways were in real nice shape mostly lush with nice lies. Rough was in good shape, not that long and easy to hit from but get outside the first cut and you are in the heavy stuff, knee high and thick. Was in one greenside bunker that had nice white sand that was a little crusty on top but soft underneath. Greens were in really good shape rolling very smooth and holding shots real nice.
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 1
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 1
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Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 4
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 5
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 5

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

Santa Barbara, CA
Reviewed by:  kviser, Saugus, CA
I played yesterday with the GK Guru tee times that Johnny and Rancho San Marcos set up for us. I was super stoked to see the course back to a lush, green condition. The greens were fast and firm, but very receptive to good shots. Putts rolled nicely and there were some subtle breaks that would keep the average golfer guessing. The fairways and rough were in very good condition overall, with only a couple of areas near some of the greens that needed some over seeding; however, those areas were not really in play. The golf shop did say as the weather warms up those areas will be over seeded with Bermuda. I never had a bad lie if I found rough or fairway. The few bunkers that I was in were a mix of great sand on top of a hard pan; sometimes I had a good lie with ample amount of crisp, white, sparkly sand and other times it was a challenge to make the right contact. We played the white tees and I did not see any issues. The other reviews are spot on and I had a blast playing with fellow GKers sixpez, abbacat, and roarksown. Big thanks to RSM and JohnnyGK! I will be back as there is a CA resident rate that makes this one of the better bargains for a premium course.
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 6
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 6
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 7
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 7
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 9
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 9

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course

Santa Barbara, CA
Reviewed by:  JohnnyGK, Westlake Village

Just posted some beautiful photos of our GK Review Guru round at Rancho San Marcos this Friday. In one word – “Wow” – this course is back, I used to get e-mails inquiring if the course was going close given the harsh arid conditions it was experiencing from the drought … I would always reply, no, it’s not going to close, just wait for the course to get some significant rain and it will be green/lush again. What most people don’t realize is how exceptional the soil is in that location and the grass may of dried up on the surface but the roots remained. I spoke with GM about it after my round and what is also exciting is they just laid down a bunch of Bermuda seed so expect conditions to only continue to improve. The greens have always remained smooth and pure during the drought conditions and they certainly were smooth/pure on Friday. Tee boxes although needing to be leveled in places were lush and groomed. The rough was lush and cut low but God forbid you find the second cut, its knee deep long grass. The bunkers had quality sand but a bit dry and crusty. Just excellent conditions overall.

As many of the reviews already pointed out, this is a tremendous layout and location for a golf course. Secluded and gorgeous. You’re up in Santa Ynez mountains nestled into a valley next to Lake Cachuma. As you drive up Highway 154 through a sliver of the Los Padres National Forest, the views and surrounding beauty really set the stage for your round. The layout features, 7 Par 4’s, 6 Par 3’s and 5 Par 5’s – which I love. Perfect blend and not a letdown hole out there. Lots of risk/reward strategy.

Before and after the round, the western themed plantation style facilities combined with a super friendly staff complete the day. Try the breakfast sandwich, I normally get a breakfast burrito but the sandwich was calling me and it was delicious.

Highly recommended.

Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 10
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 10
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 11
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 11
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California - Hole 18
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Santa Barbara California – Hole 18