The Sea Ranch Links
Designed by Robert Muir Graves and completed in 1974, the first nine holes at The Sea Ranch Golf Links jumped onto the list of exciting and scenic golf destinations. In 1995 this “Gem of the Seaside” links was completed at 6649 yards, par 72, when Graves’ second nine was opened. The course’s blend of undulating seaside landscape with Scottish links-style architecture was a first on the West Coast. The Sea Ranch Golf Links remains one of the most challenging golf experiences in California and unique on the North Coast.
With well maintained greens and several different tee boxes per hole, The Sea Ranch Golf Links can be as challenging or as docile as you prefer to make it. Two short game areas, which include a practice putting green and a pitching/bunker green, as well as a full grass driving range, allow for complete warm up before your round or the ability to work on your game when needed. Golf carts, a well appointed golf shop and a snack bar round out The Sea Ranch Golf Links experience.
The Links experience at The Sea Ranch blends with the overall master plan in its high aspirations to sit "lightly on the land" and respect the natural terrain, weather, wind, and our natural limited resources. The difference between a links golf course and a regular course is that the golfer is forced to work with the natural elements of the course. The links course is not manufactured and maintains the original lay of the land. This emulates how it was in the earliest days of the game. We value our sustainability, not over grooming the wilder landscape of the Sonoma Coast and our strict use of watering on the course. All of this creates a challenging game in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
This is a 3 shot hole under most conditions, especially into the NW prevailing wind. A tee shot over 200 yards towards the right-hand waste bunker is best. Tree protects the left side above the left-hand waste bunker.
Lay-up right of the left-hand waste bunker at the base of the hill. The second shot is very uphill so play one more club than normal.
This hole is long and difficult, especially into the wind. There is more trouble left than right, and short is very open and plays well. Par is a good score here.
A fairway wood or long iron shot down the center is ideal. Avoid OB right and the water hazard left. Everything slopes right to left here, so the tee ball that ends up at or right of the trees on the left will leave an iron to this two tiered green.
Lay-up short of the carry rough, the 150 pole is your best target, for the best angle to the green through the wind-break of trees. The green is long and narrow with bunkers on both sides.
The right arm of the lake extends across most of the fairway. It is best to lay up to the right. Second shot for most should favor the left center and be played short of the carry rough in front of the green. Uphill third shot to t along narrow green.
Anything hit left center of the fairway is in danger of going into the lateral water hazard left hand tree line. There is more room to the right than you can see from the tee. The prevailing wind tends to move the ball right to left.
Shorter par 3 over the canyon is the most scenic hole on the course. The only place to miss the green is long and left. Don’t let the wind fool you here, it will knock the ball down at times. Don’t underclub.
Two tiered hole with a lay-up tee shot of 200+/- yards towards the rocks in the middle of the fairway. Long second shot to a well-guarded green. Lateral water hazard on the entire left side through the green and the trees on the right.
A lay-up hit to the left of the fairway and far out enough to avoid the trees on the right. From the Blacks/Blues 200, Whites 190, and Reds 160. A temptation to drive the green when wind conditions are right may not pay off.
A difficult hole. Tee shots tend to run forward and to the right, favor the left side of the fairway. The second shot is uphill and all carry, usually requiring more club.
This hole usually plays downwind thus requiring less club than normal for the yardage. Trouble lies both right and left as lateral water hazards and as bunkers. Be sure to walk to the west side of the green and look at the 13th hole to see the landing area for your next tee shot.
The best tee shot will hug the right side with a little right to left. Beware of going too far right, there is a lateral water hazard along the entire right side. The fence on the left is OB, so accuracy is required. The second shot is usually into the wind.
Accuracy off the tee pays off. Favor the left center of the fairway to avoid the wetlands that jut out on the right side. Walk or ride ahead to see where you hit your second shot. There is more room to the right than left.
Avoid the right waste bunker, there are arms on the right side of the bunker that reach out 10-15 yards, so stay left. A bunker on the left side guards the approach to the green.
A most challenging hole. The carry from the Black is 200 yards, from the Blue is 185. The shortest carry is on the right side of the fairway; this leaves the best angle to the green. The second shot should favor the right side, with the front and left side lined by a lateral water hazard.
Most of the trouble is short of the green. This hole plays longer than the yardage when into the wind. Choosing the proper club is difficult, but short is worse than being long.
OB runs right side of creek 100 yards from the green. Drive will leave a second shot of about 200 yards to the green. Two hazards are short of the green, a creek about 100 yards out and a wetlands about 40 yards.
2023 Membership Rates
Sea Ranch Links New Membership $5,000 Annual / Prorated $3750 for 2023
- Unlimited play 7 days a week. Holiday and tournament weekends excluded
- Guest Play Rates
- Cart included and unlimited range balls
- Monthly social receptions and events
- 20% off Pro Shop
- Benefits at The Sea Ranch Lodge on Rooms and The Dining Room
2023 Golf Round Rates
- 18 Hole - $60
- 18 Hole Twilight - $40 after 2:00pm
- Local Rate - $50
- 9 Hole - $40 all-day
- 18 Hole - $80
- 18 Hole Twilight - $60 after 2:00pm
- Local Rate - $60
- 9 Hole - $50 all-day
- One warm-up bucket included w/ green fee per player
- Cart $30, up to 2 players
- Rental Clubs - $35
- Range – Small bucket $7
Designed by Robert Muir Graves and completed in 1974, the first nine holes at The Sea Ranch Golf Links jumped onto the list of exciting and scenic golf destinations. In 1995 this “Gem of the Seaside” links were completed at 6649 yards, par 72 when Graves' second nine was opened. The course's blend of undulating seaside landscape with Scottish links-style architecture was a first on the West Coast. The Sea Ranch Golf Links remains one of the most highly regarded golf experiences in California and unique on the North Coast. Graves said, "This is the closest I've ever come to a true links course, and it reminds me of Scotland every time I look at it." Roughs by the Sea, flattish and links-like, the course, a former sheep ranch, prowls along the sea with fields of sea oats and sea sage serving as pesky roughs that often sway right through the fairways. The trick is to stay in the smooth grass landing areas. Hourglass-like, it pinches through a hedgerow of cypress planted by sheepherders as a wind- break around the turn of the century.
The fraternity of golf course architects described Robert Muir Graves as one of its most beloved and respected members. He appealed to environmentalists by leaving more than half the course site untouched. He wove stretches of roughs across the fairways, making players think their way around the course. "Every hole has from one to three forced carries over rough or natural hazards," Graves said. "The golfers have become accustomed to it and accept it as normal. There's no reason why golf can't be restored to its original form and function, with players pitting their skill, wisdom and experience against the terrain, water and trees — a challenging and beautiful field for friendly combat."
Commitment to preservation
Early morning tee times are shared with foxes, deer, the occasional bobcat and the 30+ of species of birds calling the Sea Ranch Golf Links home! Whales can be spotted in the distance and seals use the shoreline to sun themselves and mate. We are committed to not just sharing the course with them, but also ensuring that their natural habitats are protected and preserved. And the same goes for the trees and plants that make The Sea Ranch Golf Links such a special place! Our trees are our treasure and are treated as such, with care and with love. Enjoy a game of golf in these beautiful and natural surroundings!