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Sandpiper Golf Course

Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara, CA

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Sandpiper, the land of dramatic panoramas

The Stats

Tee Time: June 28, 2015, 8:20, 75F, sunny

Designer: William Bell (1972)

Playing Partners: assorted (tournament)

Tees: Gold, Par 72 (72.8 rating/131 slope/6,646 yards)

Course Handicap: 9 (7.7 index)

Stats: 91 (48-43); 34 putts; 6/13 fairways; 3/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes

The Course

Best I recall, there are two spots on the California coast for golf that everyone agrees are the best. Obviously the trio at Pebble Beach and then the south course at Torrey Pines in San Diego. In between, in Santa Barbara, is a coastal course that is worthy of the same praise the others get. Sandpiper Golf Course, just north of Santa Barbara on the 101, features six holes that take you right up to the cliffs or beach of the Pacific Ocean, and another with an approach that fills the viewfinder with pristine blue ocean. Well, once they clean up the oil

sandpiper golf course hole 10

A very pretty, very scary approach at 10

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Stanford University Golf Course

Stanford University Golf Course in Stanford, CA

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Jordan and me

 

The Stats

Tee Time: November 29, 2013, 1:00, 66 F, calm

Designer: William Bell and George C. Thomas, Jr. (1930)

Playing Partners: Jordan Stankowski, John and Michael

Tees: White, Par 70 (69.2 rating/122 slope/5,802 yards)

Course Handicap: 9 (8.7 index)

Stats: 87 (41-46); 31 putts; 4/13 fairways; 5/18 greens; 1 penalty stroke

The Course

Stanford University sits on 8,180 acres of the San Francisco Peninsula, making it the sixth largest campus in the country (Cal Poly is 9th at 6,000 acres, so that’s yet another “Top 10” list you can find the Mustangs on). It has 46 miles of roads, over 700 buildings and its own power plant, according to the University fact sheet. There’s also over 14,000 trees, including one rather infamous mascot. But the highlight of the campus has to be the jewel of a golf course opened in 1930 by renowned architect George C. Thomas, Jr. His resume reads like a list of California’s best classic courses, including the country clubs of Bel-Air, Los Angeles and Riviera. Stanford University Golf Course has all the same features that make those legendary tracks in Southern California great, allowing the natural landscape of the Golden State to dictate the shape of the course. What results is a tough test of golf from any tees. Lots of elevated greens, sloped fairways and remember those 14,000 trees? Well it seems like half of those have their roots on the golf course, especially those Titleist-swallowing coastal live oaks.

Stanford University Golf Course hole 12

An impressive shot of the signature 12th hole from the fairway

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