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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. 

 

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Hours of Operation

Open Daily 

BBQ 42000: Open Thursday-Sunday 8am

Pro Shop Open daily 7am

*First Tee at 7:30am in the Fall/Winter

Contact

42000 Highway 1
The Sea Ranch CA 95497

Phone: (707) 785-2468
Email: [email protected]

Course Tour

Hole 1

Par: 5 | HCP: 7/7
525
501
439
411

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.

Hole 1
Hole 1

Hole 2

Par: 4 | HCP: 15/9
341
321
294
253

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.

hole 2
hole 2

Hole 3

Par: 3 | HCP: 11/15
224
197
171
125

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.

hole 3
hole 3

Hole 4

Par: 4 | HCP: 17/17
375
355
288
267

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.

hole 4
hole 4

Hole 5

Par: 4 | HCP: 5/5
406
382
354
308

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.

hole 5
hole 5

Hole 6

Par: 5 | HCP: 3/1
545
518
482
457

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.

hole 6
hole 6

Hole 7

Par: 4 | HCP: 9/13
379
334
301
270

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.

Hole 7
Hole 7

Hole 8

Par: 3 | HCP: 13/11
190
158
125
107

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.

Hole 8
Hole 8

Hole 9

Par: 4 | HCP: 1/3
390
369
315
297

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.

Hole 9
Hole 9

Hole 10

Par: 4 | HCP: 18/14
307
277
243
215

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.

Hole 10
Hole 10

Hole 11

Par: 4 | HCP: 4/2
370
358
312
277

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.

Hole 11
Hole 11

Hole 12

Par: 3 | HCP: 12/18
223
207
134
91

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.

Hole 12
Hole 12

Hole 13

Par: 5 | HCP: 8/6
501
486
406
395

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.

Hole 13
Hole 13

Hole 14

Par: 5 | HCP: 6/4
547
525
504
392

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.

Hole 14
Hole 14

Hole 15

Par: 4 | HCP: 14/10
380
365
338
307

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.

Hole 15
Hole 15

Hole 16

Par: 4 | HCP: 2/8
385
373
315
269

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.

Hole 16
Hole 16

Hole 17

Par: 3 | HCP: 16/16
160
148
135
85

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.

Hole 17
Hole 17

Hole 18

Par: 4 | HCP: 10/12
401
363
303
264

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.

Hole 18
Hole 18
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Membership

2024 Membership Rates

Sea Ranch Links New Membership $5,000 Annual 

  • Unlimited play 7 days a week. Holiday and tournament weekends excluded
  • Guest Play Rates
  • Unlimited range balls
  • Monthly social receptions and events
  • 1 Dinner for two annually at The Sea Ranch Lodge (alcohol not included)
  • 20% off Pro Shop
  • 10% off The Links Café
  • 10% off  rooms at The Sea Ranch Lodge (black out dates apply)

2024 Golf Round Rates

Weekday Monday-Thursday

  • 18 Hole - $60
  • 18 Hole Twilight - $40 (twilight starts 1pm /starts 2pm as of 3/10/24)
  • Local Rate - $50
  • 9 Hole - $40 all-day

Weekend Friday-Sunday

  • 18 Hole - $80
  • 18 Hole Twilight - $60 (twilight starts 1pm /starts 2pm as of 3/10/24)
  • 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
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History

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.

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