Golf News for Friday, September 18, 2009 | Tournaments

Ojai Celebrity Golf Classic returns to the historic Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

OJAI, Calif. -- Stars will descend on the award-winning, historic golf course at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa as the Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival hosts the 10th annual Ojai Celebrity Golf Classic. Taking place on Thursday, November 5, 2009, the classic makes this the only film festival in the world to boast a golf tournament.

Golf Classic Chairman and Golden Globe-nominated actor Malcolm McDowell of cult classic A Clockwork Orange and HBO’s Entourage fame says, “The Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival is not only a celebration of top-notch films but also a way for the communities of Ojai and Ventura to show off their best. Undoubtedly, the town of Ojai has become known for its world class golf so the Classic is a natural complement to the film festival’s programming.”

Event Details:

Designed to raise funds for the non-profit Festival by adding a layer of regional intrigue for film-goers and festival tourists, the tournament will include several to-be-announced celebrities from the film, television and music industries.

The Ojai Celebrity Golf Classic is accepting a maximum of 88 entrants in order to optimize the speed of play. The $275 per golfer entry fee includes a day of golf at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s award-winning golf course, coffee, lunch, prizes and awards and entrance into the film festival’s casino-themed cocktail party and opening night film screening under the stars. On the day of the event, golfers will gather at 8 a.m. for registration followed by a putting contest scheduled from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and an official shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Special event pricing and packages are available to Festival and golf event guests at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. For more information, visit

Course Description:

With a setting as naturally beautiful as Ojai, the course at historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is best described as one of America's premier championship golf courses. Sculpted out of the natural terrain in 1923 by renowned architect George C. Thomas Jr., who also designed the revered Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, the 18-hole course plays 6,292 yards with a par 70, rating of 71.0 and a slope of 132. It is a classic design. One has to strain to see even a single home on the course.

For more than 70 years, the golfing world has celebrated the challenge and the beauty of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa's championship golf course causing it to be heralded as one of the best courses in the nation by publications such as Golf Magazine, Golfweek, The Golfer, Golf Digest and Golf Resorts Guide.

About the Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival:

Established in 1999 as the Ojai Film Festival, the Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the art of the motion picture through the presentation of an annual multi-day festival in which films submitted by filmmakers throughout the world are publicly exhibited at several venues in and around the picturesque cities of Ojai and Ventura, Calif. Awarded for its short-film content by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts of Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA), many of the Festival’s films have subsequently received widespread distribution, honors and awards, including Academy Awards. The Festival is overseen by a passionate board of community leaders, film industry veterans and members of the greater business community. The Festival also boasts a litany of high-profile advisory board members including Ellen DeGeneres, Colin Farrell, Robert Friedman, Matthew Perry, Peter Strauss, Sally Kellerman, Malcolm McDowell and Diane Ladd.

For more information about the Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival, please visit or call (805) 640-1947.

About the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa:

Since 1923, vacationing guests have sought the tranquil pleasures of the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a AAA Five Diamond property located on 220 tree-shaded acres 35 miles south of Santa Barbara. Affirmed by its many prestigious awards and fresh from a $90 million renovation, the legendary Inn is one of the nation’s unique hidden treasures. For reservations: 1-800-422-6524, or on the Internet:

Stephanie Cedeno
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