River Course Teaching Pro
Happy to Repeat Herself
It was a big deal last year when Sara Ovadia, our First Assistant Golf Pro at The Alisal River Course, took home the title of Southern California Match Play Champion. To earn it, she simply had to beat all the best female golf professionals from San Diego to Bakersfield in a grueling match play tournament.
Not one to let fame go to her head, Sara could still be found helping Alisal guests in the Pro Shop, or offering lessons on the course. Sara loves working on her game and helping others improve theirs. Well, all that practice and hard work paid off once again, as she just repeated as the title winner of 2018 Southern California Match Play Championships. Way to go Sara!
Even at her young age, her trophy case is already pretty full. In addition to her back-to-back Championship wins, she also earned the title as the 2007 Ivy League Individual Golf Champion (Columbia University), and in 2016 was inducted into the Columbia University Athletic Hall of Fame (first ever Ladies Golf Team member to have been inducted).
So when you go out to play a round on the scenic River Course give a big “howdy” to Sara, or better yet, sign-up for a lesson with her, or any of our other outstanding Alisal teaching professionals.
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featured Golf Hole
The Alisal River Course Hole #8 can be described as spectacularly scenic, wide open and a little deceptive. Located at the highest point on the course it affords great views of the Santa Ynez Valley’s rolling hills, green vineyards and big blue sky. It’s this picturesque setting that earned Hole #8 a prominent place in the hit movie, Sideways. While this par four, 358-yard hole, has a generous fairway that may look easy to get up and down on, many a golfer has gotten tripped up by the swirling winds that often blow especially hard in the afternoons. So if you make plans to play the River Course you can look forward to, and beware of, Hole #8.