Golf tournament to be held Oct. 10-11 at The Alisal 

Staff Report

The Santa Barbara Celebrity Classic is taking place for the first time at the River Course at the Alisal in Solvang, on Oct. 10 and 11. The event will feature 24 celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment, according to event organizers. 

“It has always been a dream of mine to bring a celebrity golf tournament to the Santa Ynez Valley,” said Joe Kolina, tournament secretary. “As a kid, going to the Santa Ynez Valley was always a special time for me and my family and here is my chance to give back — but we need everyone’s collective support so that we can make a lasting impact on others for future generations.” 

Some of the celebrity attendees that have confirmed to attend include Santa Barbara native and New York Mets player Jeff McNeil along with former MLB players Vince Coleman, Royce Clayton, Steve Lyons and Jim Leyritz. Other former athletes to appear will be NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed, NBA player Olden Polynice, NHL player Kraig Neinhaus and beach volleyball player Bruk Vandeweghe. 

Kolina said he hopes the Santa Barbara Celebrity Classic will soon become one of the premier celebrity golf and hospitality experiences along the Central Coast.

The event is an annual celebrity pro-am event offering golfers the ability to participate in a first-class tournament while helping raise significant funds for the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation. 

The Santa Barbara Celebrity Classic is a team event using a Shamble format. All golfers will tee off and then the group will select the best tee shot. Everyone will hit their own ball toward the hole from the selected tee shot.

To learn more about the Santa Barbara Celebrity Classic or to register visit If you cannot attend the event but would like to make a donation to the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation visit