Los Angeles is a great city but it is mostly a place of and for the new and not a place where you feel surrounded by history. On the other end of the spectrum, just up the coast is the Ojai Valley Inn where you feel like Jimmy Demaret is going to be out on the first tee waiting for you.
The course's original front nine (which is now often played as the back nine) is a rollicking affair with the course wandering through valleys, over hills and navigating steep drop offs. My favorite holes include the second hole which has you hitting your drive from an elevated tee but laying up short of a creek and hitting over the rough stuff to an elevated green. The third hole is a quirky, short par 3 which I love and I'm also a huge fan of the 7th hole with a speed slot and great green complex awaiting you.
The front nee back nine is a bit flatter in spots but is still interesting, especially when you get to the back triangle of the property, holes 6-8. For these holes, the course follows the land to amazing effect challenging you in every way possible with a sense of solitude and golden age charm that makes me want to keep coming back to play the course.
As another reviewer mentioned, there have been some recent negative remarks about Ojai and while certain holes have an unimaginative, parallel/parkland feel to them, on the whole the course is really a lot of fun and you can feel yourself walking in the footsteps of a different era. I highly recommend getting out of LA and playing it!
Date: May 25, 2020