In 1946 when the Jackson Family opened The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort to guests, it was their dream to one day have a championship golf course be part of the Ranch experience. Nine years later with the help of newly hired Golf Pro Bill Train, and legendary course designer Billy Bell, the private Ranch Course was ready for play. Known for its narrow fairways, and scenic mountain views, the course has been popular with Ranch guests and members from day one. For serious golfers looking to make their mark on the course’s record book, be aware the original course record was 65 and the modern course record is 63.
Famous professional golfers such as Al Geiberger have been members, and the course has hosted many SCPGA and SCGA golf tournaments as well as a variety of successful charity events. One of the most popular charity events on the course has been Hole-In-One Contests held on the Par 3, 208-yard ninth hole. A mighty challenge for any player, over the years only 10 lucky and skilled golfers have been able to capture the prize and drive away in a new luxury automobile. Whether you’re a novice looking for private lessons and some casual play, or a seasoned duffer looking for a fun challenge, the Ranch Course and Head Pro Dave Hartley welcome you to be part of The Alisal’s rich golf history.
Course: The Ranch Course
Yardage: 120-160 Yards
When it comes to enjoying a great view while golfing, nothing tops hole #5 on the private Ranch Course. Located the farthest point away from the starting tee, this hole is perched on a hill that provides a stunning view of the city of Solvang and the Santa Ynez River. Depending on which tees you play from, the hole is between 120-160 yards downhill. This short par 3 plays over the Alisal Creek and can be unforgiving if you go long. For those who want to snap a selfie of your Ranch Course adventure, this scenic hole provides a natural photo spot. So saddle up the cart, bring a golf buddy and say “Cheese!”
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