alisal-guest-ranch-golfYou (or someone you know) probably likes to play golf, right? Whether your game is hot, tame or lame (like mine); there are year-round options to tee-off in style in and around Solvang. Surrounded by rolling hills, ranches and vineyards, our local golf courses definitely have some great scenery to enhance your play time. Just five minutes from downtown Solvang, The River Course at The Alisal  (pictured at right)is situated on the banks of the Santa Ynez River against a backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and was prominently featured in the 2004 Oscar-winning movie Sideways; plus the River Grill is a tasty place for breakfast & lunch with stunning views. In the nearby Santa Rita Hills wine country west of Buellton, check out La Purisima Golf Course created by world-renowned course architect Robert Muir in 1986 on 309 acres. Zaca Creek Golf Course is a sweet 9-hole, par-29 public course in Buellton. Only 25 minutes from Solvang, the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed Rancho San Marcos gracefully saddles the natural topography meandering amid a plethora of ancient oaks. For complete details on where to say Fore! Visit