I have played Ojai Valley Inn about 5 times now, mainly in December, and always enjoyed the experience. Whilst SoCal is blessed with an excellent selection of public golf courses ( Olivas Links and Rustic Canyon are just two) Ojai is rare treat. Mostly still true to the George C. Thomas it is short and tight but because of the changes of elevation a real challenge. The first is actually similar to the first at Portstewart (strand). After that he has the feel of an Abercromby design ( 2nd could be straight out of the Addington save for the heather). Like most SoCal courses the greens are wicked and when at their fastest very difficult if you get above the hole. Having said that it doesn’t over rely on speed for interest and challenge- they are well sighted and small. I particularly like the 3rd. It’s just over 100 yards but fantastic fun. The only dull hole is 15. A long par 5 which really needs some bunkering in the fairway to make it more interesting. The last 3 holes are terrific.16: A down hill par downhill par 3 to what appears to be a small target, bunkers in front , position Z left and OB right. 17 a shortish par 4 where the second short must be shaped left to right to find a shallow green. 18: An all uphill par 4 where the tee shot usually dies into the bank ( reminiscent of holes at Crowborough Beacon and Brancepeth Castle). If you book a round here remember that you can replay it on same day for just the cart fee. That can make it excellent value.
Date: June 08, 2018