Santa Barbara’s Best Athletic Clubs and Golf Courses

Santa Barbara provides plenty of athletic clubs and golf courses that make it easy to stay fit and relax outdoors. Here are a few of our favorite Santa Barbara athletic clubs and golf courses.

Santa Barbara Golf Club

Open to the public 365 days a year, the Santa Barbara Golf Club is a well-manicured and maintained 18-hole regulation par-70 golf course. Players can take in unbeatable views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The course measures 6,022 yards from the back tees, providing a challenging game for rookies and experienced players alike. In addition to power golf cart service, the facilities include an award-winning, fully stocked golf shop. After a refreshing game, head over to Mulligan’s Café, a full bar and restaurant. Primetime to play is between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. daily. Tee times are available one week in advance and can be booked by calling the golf club.

AC4 Fitness

Locally owned and operated, AC4 Fitness has been a part of the Santa Barbara community for 25 years. Their mission is to make exercise accessible to everyone through top-notch fitness centers that offer a comfortable environment, affordable prices, and non-intimidating exercise. Whether you’re a fitness newbie or simply looking for a new athletic club, AC4 has something for everyone. Plus, it’s open 24-hours, which means you can work out at a time that works within your schedule.

After getting in your workout for the day, consider taking advantage of a 10-minute hydromassage. It’s a great way to reduce muscle soreness, stiffness, and tension, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated. Thanks to the guest program available to members, you can bring your friends and family along for the ride. Guest visits are available during regular business hours, and VIP members can receive a special discount on guest visit fees with no limit on the number of visits.

Sandpiper Golf Club

At Sandpiper Golf Club, you can look forward to a challenging course and sweeping ocean and mountain views from every hole. According to Golf Digest, Sandpiper is one of California’s top 25 public golf courses. Since its first opening in 1972, the golf course has earned a reputation for its beautiful rolling fairways and challenging greens in a seaside links-style layout. This dynamic design attracts players of all skill levels. The course measures 7000 yards and boasts a championship rating of 75.1. Sandpiper offers guests a traditional championship golf course and stunning surroundings, and the result is an experience you won’t forget.

Birnam Wood Golf Club

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path golf experience, then Birnam Wood Golf Club is just the place for you. Located in Santa Barbara, this private, full-service golf club has been a community staple since 1968. The 18-hole course features 5,931 yards of golf, from the longest tees, for a par-70. The course, which is accessible to members of Birnam Woods, provides the opportunity to improve your swing and get in your daily exercise. Membership is a diverse, flourishing community of homeowners, local residents, and those that live in metropolitan hubs around the country.

Santa Barbara Athletic Club

Nestled in the heart of downtown, Santa Barbara Athletic Club is the perfect place for those looking to incorporate fitness into their busy lifestyles. This full-service facility offers an unparalleled level of luxury and comfort, complete with state-of-the-art equipment and knowledgeable staff members. The club provides a 25-yard heated outdoor pool, which is used for both lap swimming and aquatic classes, as well as a large jacuzzi. Members can take advantage of the outdoor weight room, stretching area, and cycling studio, overlooking the pool and viewing the mountains. If you need a bit more structure, try a group exercise class. From aqua aerobics to Zumba, Santa Barbara Athletic Club has it all. Classes change seasonally, so you can be sure to find a workout that will keep you motivated and coming back for more.

Glen Annie Golf Club 

Situated in the scenic foothills of Santa Barbara, Glen Annie Golf Club is a championship golf course. Players of all skill levels come here for the panoramic ocean and mountain views and the challenging layout. The 18-hole course boasts 6,417 yards of terrain. The fairways and greens are maintained to the highest standards, enabling players to enjoy a smooth playing experience. Glen Annie prides itself in creating memorable and enjoyable tournaments for its guests. Tournament packages are fully customizable, allowing the members to shape and execute their idea of a perfect tournament. Complete with award-winning architecture, the expansive clubhouse looks out onto the picturesque landscape with views of an idyllic lake, vibrant colors, and towering trees. From the course to the clubhouse, the staff at Glen Annie proudly offer patrons friendly service and attention to detail.

Hidden Oaks Golf Course

Located just outside Santa Barbara, Hidden Oaks Golf Course is a spot you don’t want to miss. This highly sought-after golf course offers players terrific views and challenging play. Perfectly manicured fairways and greens keep Hidden Oaks engaging for everyone, from the rookie to the avid golfer. 

Santa Barbara Gold’s Gym Uptown

Gold’s Gym Santa Barbara Uptown offers a wide assortment of classes and equipment that will keep your routine fresh and exciting. This gym features a sauna and steam room, free weights, cardio equipment, resistance machines, nutrition counseling, and group classes. If you want a more personalized workout, personal training is the way to go. Certified personal trainers will put together the perfect routine to help you achieve your fitness goals.

La Cumbre Country Club

Since its first opening in 1916, individuals have sought out the tranquil environment of La Cumbre Country Club—a private oasis nestled on150 tree-shaded acres. The club offers a classically designed golf course, six championship tennis courts, and a restaurant that specializes in Southern California fare. There’s no question that the golf course is the centerpiece of the country club. This challenging 18-hole course requires considerable skill. Players will encounter various uphill and downhill targets, left and right doglegs, and expansive well-bunkered greens with diverse flag-stick locations. The ocean breeze and endless sunshine make La Cumbre Country Club appealing year-round.

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