Ojai Valley

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

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18

in

 
Yards

373

358

115

297

440

312

392

128

517

2932

419

227

487

405

203

571

203

403

442

3360

6292

Hndcp

9

5

17

11

3

13

1

15

7

 

6

16

14

10

18

12

8

4

2

   
Par

4

4

3

4

4

4

4

3

5

35

4

3

5

4

3

5

3

4

4

35

70

Ojai Valley Golf Course In a recessed valley east of coastal Ventura, California lies the quaint town of Ojai, known for its music, art and tradition.  It is here where George C. Thomas and his mate Billy Bell designed this wonderful short, but difficult par - 70 course.  What is now the front nine was originally the back nine and it is my favorite nine holes. There are more subtleties and strategic choices on this nine hole route than most 18 hole venues. The routing weaves through elevation changes ever downward, across barrancas and through heavily wooded areas out into the open then back into the woods on the short par-3, 8th and concludes with an uphill par-5 with a large two tiered green guarded by bunkers in front and OB in back.  What is now the back nine was originally the front and included two holes that are no longer there.  Two holes, the 16th & 17th have been added to the route and are called the "lost holes", supposedly lost during WWII when the military took over part of the land in the area.  These two holes restored and renovated by Jay Moorish are said to have been part of the original routing.  Although I am not knowledgeable about the historical facts to support this theory, I strongly doubt that these two holes were ever part of the original routing.  First it would have been and extraordinarily long walk to the 16th tee from the 15th green (originally the 3rd) and the 17th seems way too crowded between a steep hill on the left and the deep gulley on the right.  It's far too funky a hole for the sophistication of the rest of the course.  Nevertheless, the removal of the original 5th and 6th holes made room for many more newly built rooms for the Inn and Spa. Still this is a course that is always challenging, well maintained and a joy to play.  The Champions Tour had an event here for several years and Jimmy Demerit was the Pro here drawing many great luminaries from the history of golf.


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