Next stop was the Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara, also known as the poor men`s Pebble Beach. After the big disappointment at Pebble Beach due to the way too expensive green fees I really appreciated the low fee of 96 dollars only.
I organized myself the second teetime of the day at 8am. Wow, it was just such a perfect day for golf. I made a couple of practice swings and teed up my Vice ball. Then I hit my drive with a heavy slice right on the fairway of the 9th hole. From there I had to punch it back on my fairway, from there I just could see an incredible moment.
The sun broke through the trees and created one of those magic moments. My fourth shot was a short 7 iron in front of the green. The first putt on this course reminded of that the stamp meter or green speed in the US is so different to most of the German golf courses. To sum it up a triple bogey was written in the scorecard on the first hole. No.1 was a great par five with 524 yards from the black tee.
The next five holes just made me extremely happy. Super nice holes through the woods with great designed bunkers.
But arriving at the 6th hole I felt like I almost was in heaven. A mid length par 3 with 195 yards from the black tee. Having the Pacific ocean on the left side I felt a nice and calm fresh breeze while hitting my 5 iron on the green, just awesome.
No.10 was again a master piece of golf, a par 4, 381 yards with an elevated tee shot. I hit a perfect 3 wood in the middle of the fairway. From this spot I had a beautiful view over the green, which extended beautifully extended over the coast of the Pacific. From this position I just had a pitching wedge in to the green. Two putts for par, perfect!
I totally enjoyed the second stop on my road trip to happiness and if you will ever be around Santa Barbara I highly recommend the Sandpiper Golf Course.