Ojai Valley Inn
About Ojai Valley InnTucked within a coastal valley surrounded by the Topa Topa Mountains, the Ojai Valley Inn is an escape from it all, located just 14 miles from Pacific Ocean and 30 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. Its amenities are unique, a 31,000-square-foot spa village, an artist cottage and apothecary, a beekeeping experience, seven eateries, multiple pools and a scenic and playable golf course that has hosted pros and celebrities alike. Ojai was the venue for seven PGA Tour Champions events starting in the late 1980s.
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Hole #16 Awesome Par 3 Photo submitted by runningpie on 08/12/2020
Photo submitted by SteveToscher1 on 01/25/2020
Photo submitted by u734535611 on 08/22/2019
16th hole Photo submitted by joshuayoo on 08/18/2019
16th hole view Photo submitted by joshuayoo on 08/18/2019
Photo submitted by Torodeleste on 06/30/2019
Signature 17th hole Photo submitted by smoothie24 on 07/27/2017
3 Photo submitted by Scott5753956 on 07/05/2015
Photo submitted by Scott5753956 on 07/05/2015
16 Photo submitted by Scott5753956 on 07/05/2015
16thhole, par3 Photo submitted by duckymizuno on 01/30/2014
Inscription at the 1st tee Photo submitted by jerrystine on 07/15/2013
Photo submitted by skidoiler on 01/31/2013
Ojai Vally is is a nicely laid out course with some great views. I have enjoyed it many times. However this time the greens were in such bad shape there was no way to enjoy the day. I am an assistant superintendent of a golf course, if my greens looked like the greens at Ojai I would be fired. I actually believe the tee boxes at my local municipal golf course would be better putting surfaces then the greens at Ojai. These greens would be unacceptable at any golf course let alone a $109 a round course.
Still A Great Golf Experience
I’ve been playing Ojai for 20 plus years. I took an extended layoff from the game, so I’ve not been back to Ojai for quite awhile.
The course has changed over the years. A number of years ago they took out the old 7 and 8, flipped the nines and put in “The Lost Holes” (16 and 17) to accommodate the Spa and shopping. IMO The Lost Holes should have remained lost. 16 is almost punitive with no bail out and 17 is just funky. Most recently they narrowed 9 and took out the back tee on 18 to build a function/wedding venue. 18 from the back was one of the best 4s I’ve ever played and it’s sad that it’s gone.
All of that taken into account Ojai is still a lot of fun. It plays like a short version of Rivi. On the day I played the conditioning tee to greed was above average. The greens were another story. I spoke with the guys at the Shop and found out that, while shut down, they tried to get the poa out of the greens. Over applying chemicals led to varying states of damage from complete ruin to minor effect. When the greens come back the course will be great, but not as great as it was a decade ago.
Great explanation of the changes over the years. I missed that back tee also. Had forgotten about the other changes, but the course definitely feels less "nice" than it did 20 years ago.
The greens had a disease/fungus and were terrible. We decided to play automatic 2 putts. The outside staff were rude but the golf shop staff was nice. The vibe was bad for a Sunday, mostly resort guests who wore flip flops cans to shirts. Definitely not any true/dedicated golfers around. A year ago it was a way better conditioned course, but they have let it go.
Beautiful golf course
It would have received a 5 except the greens were a bit rough.. I mean a couple green should be really fixed or closed ..
Overall well worth every dollar.
Will play many more times
Fun course but badly needs repair
As always, the scenery at Ojai Valley Inn is just spectacular and the staff is great. It appears the course has not been kept up at all due to COVID closures. The greens on the front 9 are just totally destroyed and some look like patched quilts. Not what I would expect from a higher end golf course.
To compare, go to Aviara in Carlsbad and the course looks like Augusta in April. They took the time off from COVID to really get the course in tip top shape. Disappointed to see OVI didn't do the same. Regardless, any day I can golf with my Dad is a good one
Golf round today
The greens were worse than any muni course I’ve ever played. They should warn golfers and give a discount for playing the fried and patched together bumpy greens. Horrible!!
Working on some greens
Staff were excellent, super friendly and all were practicing social distancing. Weather was in the low 80’s with just a slight breeze. Tee boxes and fairways were in good shape. Front nine greens were in terrible shape! Looked like some kind of fungus was killing the greens. Super bumpy because you had to putt over patches of sod they replaced on the greens. Back nine greens were good but not in normal shape for this course, a little bumpy and slow. Still a good round of golf, will be back.
What’s going on with the greens?
Beautiful course layout and design with some of the most memorable
Golf holes I have ever seen. The resort and surrounds areas are amazing the whole feel to the course is next to no other Ventura county course. My only issue was with the greens they are in the worst condition for a course that I have ever played, I understand they were closed at the beginning of COVID and they are working to get them back to the shape people know and love but as of right now the course is not worth playing for over 80+ with the greens the way they are at the moment
Today was a bonus because my Golfnow rewards paid for the round, so that was great. Weather was perfect and the course was pretty empty so I flew through my round. Also great! The not so great was the greens on the front nine. They were in terrible condition and clearly have not been taken care of during the shutdown. I would have pretty upset if I had to pay for this round because Ojai is not cheap.
Great layout and challenging course. Greens were a little rough for the price but overall enjoyed it and will play again.
great course!! BUT GREENS are in bad shape!!
Greens need a lot of work...cross between being aerified, sanded, and patchy!!!
otherwise a great course can't wait till they repair the greens..at least 3 weeks!
A frequent player at Ojai CC because it is such a glorious setting, with the most friendly staff.
The golf course at Ohio Valley Inn is always in very good condition. I only played it once a year because I live out of the area but, I love every minute of every hole. It is also one of the most beautiful settings that I’ve ever experience while playing golf – thanks to you and for providing such a great golf opportunity
As a first-time player at Ojai Valley, I didn't know what to expect. But even if I had high expectations, they would have been exceeded. This is a jewel of a course, attached to the Ojai Valley Inn, The views are gorgeous, and the course, in a word, is fair. You don't have to hit career shots to score, but it's far from a track where you can just slop it around. The most memorable hole for me is 16, a par 3 from an elevated tee, with OB right, hazard left, and the front of the green completely guarded by bunkers. You'll walk off that green feeling pretty good about par. At least I assume you would, although I couldn't vouch for that.
Extremely friendly and helpful staff. When I missed my assigned time, they just slotted me in with no problem. Can't wait for my next visit. My only concern is that with too many positive reviews, the course will get crowded! But even if it does, it's still a lovely golf experience.
Great course- Great property
The course is one the best in the area. Challenging but even a less than average player can have a great time. It is probably one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and I am including Pebble Beach in that comparison. The Ojai Valley Inn is also one of the greatest resort properties in the US. The staff and amenities are 5 star and you know it when you are there. An overall great experience.