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Sandpiper Golf Club

Sandpiper Golf Club

Goleta, California
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Patrick Koenig
01/09
Patrick Koenig
Goleta, California
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  • Address7925 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117, USA

The Sandpiper Golf Club is a public-access facility that sits on the coast near Santa Barbara, on what was once part of a crude oil production facility. After the black had been tapped out, the property was acquired and fitted with new equipment: a golf course from William F. Bell, the son of esteemed architect “Billy” Bell. Bold commenters might suggest that, if the cliffs along the Pacific had been just a bit higher, Sandpiper would rival the younger Bell’s work at Torrey Pines for the finest oceanfront course in his library.

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Patrick Koenig
01/09

The club was intended for professional play right from the start, measuring more than 7,000 yards from the tips when it debuted during 1972. Three holes — Nos. 6, 13 and 14 — play parallel to the ocean, while nos. 5 and 11 make dramatic runs toward the coast, offering world-class reveals. For all that water, there is only one true water hazard: No. 18 is a rare par three closer, which features a pond carry on the way home.

Rumors have swirled around the club for several years, following some interesting social media posts from Tom Doak. One wonders if ownership is looking to stimulate a renovation akin to the architect’s other prize Pacific Ocean designs.

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