About Sea Ranch Golf 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 highly regarded golf experiences in California and unique on the North Coast.
The front nine winds its way out to, and along, the coastline of the Pacific with numerous ocean views as well as beautiful redwoods and natural sea grass rough. With well maintained greens and four 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 course is open for play all year, weather permitting.
California Golf: The Ultimate Guide, 10 of the most picturesque courses, lists The Sea Ranch Golf Links with Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Spyglass Hill, and The Links at Spanish Bay, as one of the premiere golf courses in California. Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” 1998 and top new California affordable course. California Golf, “Expert’s Top 50” out of more than 1000 California golf courses.
Golf Today, magazine wrote; “Robert Muir Graves has built more than 60 golf courses that have won the praise of the game’s critics and the affection of the players of every level of ability and more, he often wins competitions against his more visible publicized competitors in the craft ….. his Sea Ranch Golf Links is one of America’s first modern day links layouts and the most natural creative solution for the untamed Sonoma Shore.”
American Express Magazine Travel and Leisure “Journey to the Garden of Youth” by Sports Illustrated golf writer John Garrity: “….on the sixth fairway of the Sea Ranch Golf Links, I saw the light. Don’t ask me why the sixth fairway. I loved this unpretentious golf course from the moment I pulled into the parking lot and looked past the golf shop at a meadow riven with strands of twisted cypress and bishop pine. Braced by a freshening wind, I went off alone. As I walked up the second fairway, the sun broke out of the clouds. One the third hole, a woodland par three, I hit a six iron over the heads of deer grazing at the end of the tee box.
San Francisco Examiner, “Fairway to Heaven” by Larry Habegger: “The Robert Muir Graves design is a true links-style course. Like the natural courses of Scotland, where the game was born, these follow the natural sweep of sand dune and beach grass beside the sea, with a bracing exposure to the wind and narrow fairways with plenty of natural hazards …… The wind picked up on the back nine, but I really didn’t notice. I was too busy enjoying the magnificent sea views and rolling terrain, hitting the occasional good shot among a flurry of bad ones. The course felt so much like the links courses I’ve played in Ireland that I hardly noticed that my score was getting out of hand.”
“Pebble Beach may be the crown jewel of the west coast, but Sea Ranch is the true diamond in the rough” by Jim Cameron.