Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

4.5851000000 4.6 stars from 5 (188)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6292 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

  • 905 Country Club Rd, Ojai, California 93023
  • (805) 646-1111, 1 (888) 697-8780
  • (805) 640-2192
  • www.ojairesort.com
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Year built: 1923
Type: Resort
Greens: Kikuyu grass
Fairways: Kikuyu grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6292 yards 71.0 132
White 70 5962 yards 69.4 127
Red (W) 72 5244 yards 70.9 128

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 188 Reviews
5 stars:
128
4 stars:
46
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

179 out of 187 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"A great golf experience"


u000006507451's avatar
Skill: Advanced

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ojai Valley Inn is an exceptional place. It is a beautiful setting with top of the line staff. The course is a great test of golf requiring patience and control. But it is open enough for all levels of play using the three sets of tees. It has a good driving range, and large chipping green, and their putting green is always cut to match the playing conditions. They don't cut corners in any way. So it is especially a special place with the rates on Golfnow. Go enjoy Classic golf at a very classy place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful setting, great course!"


u000007367350's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing Ojai and we were very impressed. Course was challenging but fun. Very fair and rewarded good shots without over-penalizing bad ones. Love the variety of holes, some hilly, others flat, some target golf, others straight away. Definitely keeps your attention and each hole was memorable. There really was only one hole that seemed like it was an add-on. Other than that, great experience and will definitely come back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful day"


sooner90's avatar
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Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played the course on a Sunday morning so the breeze was down. This is also my second time playing where I shot 82 on the first go. Although I was familiar with the course layout due to previous play, I also found other parts of the course that makes the course challenging. The fairways are in good shape and the greens role pure. Elevation changes, blind tee shots and undulating greens will keep you alert. I didn't care for the distractions at the 11th and 13th tee boxes (lady walks by chatting on her cell phone loudly while I'm trying to tee off), but overall ambience is pretty cool. Oh, I also liked the elevated driving range giving you false sense of mastery. The staff on the course, club house and restaurant were all courteous and friendly. The regular rate is pretty expensive, but I got lucky with my groupon coupons.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beyond beautiful"


TracyKlein's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my third time and it was just as exciting as my first round! Beautiful vistas from every tee box! Challenging and fair and most of all fun! Worth every dollar! The guys in the bag room are the best!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ojai Valley"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played the Blues (6292/71.0/131) with kviser, JohnnyGK & RGM2525 on a beautiful weekday afternoon with temps well into the 80's. Breezy getting toward windy later in the day, we let a 2some play through and enjoyed a leisurely 4H, 45M POP, just taking in the beautiful surroundings.

The par 70 layout is hilly and fairly tight. Three par 5's and five par 3's. The first few holes are not that taxing, but the layout gets sterner and sterner the farther you progress into the 18. Elevation changes with numerous forced carries and holes with penalty areas down one or both sides. There are few bailouts areas on this course, you have to keep it within the rough lines or it would be a long round. This course would be a beast to walk, not only hilly, buy several tees are a hike from the last green.

They have recently punched the Kikuyu fringes and were punching the Kikuyu rough, but neither affected playability.

The tees were mowed close with good coverage. Only a couple needed divot attention.

The Kikuyu fairways were some of the best non over seeded desert fairways I have played in a good while. Lush and mowed close. How nice did they look? I mistook the small part of #1 fairway you could see from the elevated vantage point of the clubhouse for a sod farm or large chipping green... it looked more like a green than a fairway.

The Kikuyu rough was mostly mowed down fairly close. Sounds non penal unless you missed the "Kikuyu" part. Even mowed down, it is still challenging to attain both length and direction on your shots out of what appears to be lite rough.

The Sand traps were well maintained with nice sand. Thicker and heavier than it 1st appeared until I played a couple of shots out of it.

The greens still showed some visual evidence of their spring aeration, but I thought they putted well. Medium fast, firm with a generous amount of break. With the amount of break I had on numerous putts this round, they would have been treacherous if even a little faster.

I was surprised to learn that while there have been redesigns over the years, that parts of the course date all the way back to 1923. I also did not realize the sheer size of the resort, it is spread out over many acres in a beautiful, rustic setting. Customer Service is definitely emphasized, the sheer amount of employees out and about between different sections of the resort and especially out working on the golf course was impressive. Complimentary chilled Oranges and Apples were provided at comfort stations, another nice touch.

With the greens and the numerous penalty areas, this is not a beginners course. I enjoyed the round and would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who is at least an intermediate level golfer.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course"


u000005270819's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing it the course was in great shape the staff was super friendly!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ojai 's crown jewel"


Jeff9671692's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It has been probably 2 weeks since the course was punched and only in certain areas of the fringe or ruff was it visible. The greens are superb, roll true and hold a ball well from 160 in. Staff was great, weather great, and most importantly my round was great! Love this course, will be back in 2 weeks


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course! Alway in great condition."


Anthony5675406's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a nice get away. Close to LA. Feels almost like a private club. Good pace of play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Classic golf experience."


u000006377846's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good discount through Golf Now. Beautiful Setting, staff, pub, and course we're great. One of California's best golf locations.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Sandy Greens!"


Bigshooter2357's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was very disappointed because the just aerated the greens and they were horrible.

They were full of holes and sand and we awful to even try to put on.

I wouldn't have paid the $69 to play if it was disclosed on the web site that this was taking place.

I blame Golfnow.com for not disc;using this fact before I purchased my golf rounds!


I recommend this course


"Great course with beautiful scenery!"


JuleneAustin's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We stay at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and love the resort and golf course. The staff is beyond friendly! Always helpful and makes the golf even more enjoyable. I would highly recommend spending a few days there and enjoy great golf, food and fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ojai"


Johnweisbart's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great mountain course, front nine very challenging, first four holes are tough. Beautiful vistas, elevated tees and 16th hole, the lost hole, a par three that requires you hit the green or you will be in the sand.

We love this course because of its setting and first rate accommodations.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Challenging and beautiful"


galumpki's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lived this course. Challenging. Great greens. Great views.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun Course"


jbaral519's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun, deceiving course. Definitely worth playing. Beautiful surroundings.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"great for single handcap (7~9) or higher"


oj650427's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

very nice to play but it was too far to drive from LA.
The difficulty is little above of average.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Special place"


racingjason's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Serene surroundings, some of the prettiest and most challenging holes you can imagine and very, very fast greens that roll true. Careful if you are above the hole...


Player Tip: Take extra balls and ask for tips because 3 or 4 holes have severe doglegs with tilted fairways and you need to be on the correct side

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"beautiful course"


cjirocman's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well maintained. Great staff. Challenging but still enjoyable for beginners


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Another Great Round!"


zjlg01's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Annually several of us travel from Chicago to see family and play golf in the LA area. A MUST stop over the last several years has been Ojai. We found the course in excellent condition from tees, to fairways, to greens. Ojai is in much better condition than other courses we played during the week. Every time we play here the staff is helpful and the pace of play excellent. There are multiple elevations throughout the course, beautiful landscaping, and a sense of history. For the intermediate player, the course is challenging and will reward good shots. We will return next trip.


Player Tip: Do not over drive #2. The gorge is closer than it looks and you will lose a stroke if you get too close. Enjoy the par 3s.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"best course I've ever played"


hotrodhanny's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I cant say enough about this course primo prime and very fair course everything was imaculate!!!!


Player Tip: just enjoy the scenery

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Difficult but scorable"


Robert7277692's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I came in overly confident and didn't give the course the respect I should've. Otherwise an awesome facility, course and time was had by all.


Player Tip: No need to bring extra balls as you'll find plenty along the way. hey, hey. :)

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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