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Chris Casebeer's Favorite Places for Golf, Tennis, Beaches, Surfing Print E-mail


There are seven public courses in the Santa Barbara area and four private clubs, so you will have your choice of greens. Drive up over the San Marcos Pass to the Santa Ynez Valley and there are four more courses.

Public Courses:

Santa Barbara/Goleta:

Santa Ynez Valley:



There are a lot of tennis courts around Santa Barbara. The City of Santa Barbara runs some of the best court and has an active City Tennis League. The main municipal facility has 12 newly refurbished courts and a grandstand for tournament play. Here is a link to other municipal courts from

There are several private clubs as well, including Knowlwood Tennis Club in Montecito, The Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, The Polo and Racquet Club in Carpinteria, and Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club. Also, at Montecito Country Club, Birnam Wood Country Club, and La Cumbre Country Club there is an active tennis scene. For information about these clubs check out

For info on the local tennis scene, check out


The Beaches

Did I forget to mention that Santa Barbara is on the coast, the Pacific Ocean, and all that? We have a lot of nice beaches, but we don't really think of ourselves as a "beach town" in the traditional Southern California sense. In case no one told you, the water is cold here. The California Current is an extension of the Bering Current which sweeps down the west coast and brings our winter storms with it. The water is in the 60's during the summer and the 50's during the winter. During August it may warm up, but rarely does it get to 70°.

That doesn't stop us from swimming and surfing and enjoying the beaches here. Generally the water is calm because we are protected by the Channel Islands and most of our beaches are south facing (remember what I told you about Santa Barbara being twisted east-west, rather than north-south?).

Here are my favorite beaches:

  • Butterfly Beach is located in front of the Biltmore Hotel in Montecito. It's a good family beach. It's not a broad beach, depending on the tides, but there's enough white sand here. It gets busy on warm, sunny weekends. The Biltmore puts out buoys which signify that jet skis are prohibit within its boundaries.
  • Hendry's Beach (OK, Arroyo Burro Beach) is at the mouth of the Las Positas canyon between the Mesa and Hope Ranch. This is a very popular beach for kids and families. It's a long beach because, depending on the tide, you can walk far up and down the beach to get a private spot. It's also the location of the Brown Pelican restaurant. The parking lot gets full on the weekends, so come early.
  • Mesa Lane Beach is kind of hidden off the Mesa. You drive down Cliff Drive to Mesa Lane and park at the end of the street. You descend about 200 steps down to the beach. It's nice because it's not very crowded.
  • Miramar Beach is one of Montecito's not-quite-hidden gems. It's in Montecito, "south" of Butterfly Beach. If you take the San Ysidro exit off the freeway and go right (San Ysidro is now called Eucalyptus Lane) you are there. It's lined with private beach homes in an exclusive part of town. This beach extends down to the Miramar Hotel (being renovated). There's not a lot of room, and it is frequented by local families as well as visitors. But it's a great swimming beach and place to take kids and relax.
  • Santa Claus Beach is located between Carpinteria and Summerland just off the Padaro Lane exit. It's next to the soon to be renamed shopping strip called "Santa Claus Lane." Just hop over the railroad tracks and the boulders and you're on a broad, smooth, white sand beach, with rather quiet surf. It's one of the best and it's not that crowded.

For general information see



There is no question that the Rincon is one of the top surfing spots in the world. So, if you surf, I'm not telling you anything new. But there are other, lesser, spots where the surf is small to medium, depending on the swell. Besides the Rincon, there is Hammonds in Montecito, Mesa Point at Ledbetter Beach, Campus Point above UCSB, and others.

Here are the best sites for information about surfing:

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