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Where Sal Barajas Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
Ping G25 Driver
Cobra S3 Irons (Graphite)
Nike HL Putter
Last Updated: March 7, 2017
Father taught me how to golf at a very young age (we used to sneak on to the local 9 after the starter left) but I stopped playing for some time until I picked it back up during college. I've been playing consistently (twice a month) for about 8 years now and I really enjoy the times I can get out. Typically play in San Diego but I'll play pretty much anywhere in So Cal. I have the most fun playing and competing with my friends wherever we play but I take my actual golf game about as seriously as I do life, relaxed.
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Played here yesterday (7/12) with fellow GK member molebio. Hadn't played the course in some time but was surprised to see it empty. Perhaps it was th... » More
Played here yesterday (7/12) with fellow GK member molebio. Hadn't played the course in some time but was surprised to see it empty. Perhaps it was the heat, perhaps the foot golfers finally ran the locals out with their insanely dangerous presence on a golf course. Either way got around the 9 holes in about 1.5 hours and it was a delight to play today. Conditions were excellent considering the latest heat, water conservation efforts, and amount of play this track receives. On to the conditions:
Tee boxes: They were just in okay condition, however I never struggled to find good footing or ground to drive the tees into. There are really only two options and today they all seemed bunched up, so I am sure that doesn't help conditions. Moreover, there are now orange "tees" for the foot golfers to kick from so I wouldn't be surprised to see the turf chewed up.
Fairways: Excellent shape. Only found myself in one bad lie, but otherwise they were green, trimmed, and gave plenty of roll. In terms of conditions, I was pleasantly surprised.
Rough: Not as penal as its big brother next door but you still want to avoid it. The rough has never been the problem here, the eucalyptus have always been a greater danger to your game.
Sand: I wasn't in a bunker today but molebio hit out of the fairway bunker on #5 and told me it was surprisingly good sand. By the looks of it, it was closer on the scale to the white fluffy stuff as opposed to the brown dirt that you might find at say Salt Creek (sorry S.C. but it's true).
Greens: Excellent! They were green, cut tight, and ran well. There were some surprising little breaks too. They were fun to putt on, and isn't that the true test?
ETC: Customer service was fine (friendly as usual), however they didn't call us out and we could have easily waited to hear our names had we been out-of-towner's. I actually miss the old starter who had a booth right behind the first tee. Walked the course of course and it's a perfect little walk for exercise purposes. No foot golfers today which really made the difference! Parking ample as always. A nice option for those not wanting to play the big brother. Recommended!» Close
Played here 5/29 for my GK Cup match with fellow member Rudyclub. I love the layout of this course (all three 9 hole options are great) and we played ... » More
Played here 5/29 for my GK Cup match with fellow member Rudyclub. I love the layout of this course (all three 9 hole options are great) and we played the Canyon/Ranch combo which is in my opinion, the most difficult grouping. I was glad to see that everything was green and pace was excellent for a holiday weekend. On to the review:
Tee boxes: Good condition overall. Some had a little more use than others and plenty of them were a bit lacking in level ground, but all offered reasonable coverage to drive your tee into.
Fairways: Good condition throughout and green in color. Never had a bad lie all day and the roll I thought was fair. Cut nicely and visually pleasing.
Rough: As with many canyon course, the natural terrain is far more penal than the "rough" on the course, however the rough that did exist was not terribly harsh. Areas with more than 2" of grass did affect shots a bit but nothing terrible.
Bunkers: Mixed bag throughout. Some bunkers had brown dirt-style sand that was difficult to shape shots in, others had whiter beach-style sand that was far easier to work with.
Greens: Good condition overall with only two greens that I remember having areas of burn/damage, though it did not affect putts. Rolled true and medium-slow. Breaks and undulation on some of these greens was insane (especially Canyon #4).
ETC: Carts had no GPS but were upgraded. Staff was friendly. Cart girl came around roughly 5 times in the round. Water jugs filled with cold water. Natural landscape lends itself to lots of wildlife, and that includes LOTS of bees everywhere. Layout is spectacular and a wide variety of holes. POP was 4.5 hours, which for Memorial Day was excellent. For a good price, definitely worth a visit.» Close
Played here yesterday (5/24) on a $31 Hot Deal from GolfNow. Had a 2:21 tee-time but arrived early and was told we could head out. It's nice to see th... » More
Played here yesterday (5/24) on a $31 Hot Deal from GolfNow. Had a 2:21 tee-time but arrived early and was told we could head out. It's nice to see the facilities improved, though certain areas could use an updated namely the clubhouse. Course looked empty and I told my partner (stupidly) i would walk with him. Not a smart idea less than two years out from ACL surgery carrying a bag all day. I always loved the layout of Carlton Oaks and always felt it was a renovation away from hosting US Open qualifiers, safe to say they are at least moving in the right direction. On to the review:
Tee boxes: Inconsistent in level ground, turf condition, and space available but overall okay condition. I like the fact they offer plenty of options and the blues had good coverage all day.
Fairways: Good condition overall and glad to see a healthy green color throughout. Turf condition could be better and a few lies weren't very friendly, but majority of the coverage was adecuarte for good shots. Roll was also good.
Rough: Really a bigger factor here is the out of bound areas that pepper the entire layout of this course and that can be penal. Water, waste areas, homes, and naturally sensitive areas were all in play. The rough that does exist was pretty sticky and penal.
Bunkers: Might be the weakest point of the course. Varied conditions throughout; some great others terrible. Saw some sparkling white sand on one hole and hit out of dirt on another. #16 has a gigantic waste area that really should be either removed or turned into a traditional bunker/water feature.
Greens: Best part of the round by far. Held shots well, great color and condition (divots are blamed on the players not the course says I), and rolled true (though slow at times).
ETC: Pace of play was insanely fast at roughly 3.5 hours and that was with walking nearly 7 miles (thanks iPhone technology). Staff was friendly. Range is pathetic but functional. Love the layout and hole variation. For a good price, do visit!» Close
Played here 5/8 as part of the same SCGA outing, with sixpez as my partner. A pleasure to finally tee it up together, as well as meet Larry and Perry.... » More
Played here 5/8 as part of the same SCGA outing, with sixpez as my partner. A pleasure to finally tee it up together, as well as meet Larry and Perry. As Keith mentioned in the previous review, Victoria Club definitely has a mid-level private course feel; the layout being very reminiscent of Mission Trails in San Diego (muni with a decent mix of interesting holes). There is nothing here that would warrant a visit from anywhere further than say a 30 minute drive but alas, a private course from 1903 checked off the list. On to the conditions:
Tee boxes: Plenty of coverage but no box was in great condition, often being uneven and because everything at this course is smaller in size, it took an extra couple of seconds to find level ground. Other than that, good conditions.
Fairways: Even hitting ground though the color really varied from semi-green to yellow brown. Aesthetics aside, I never landed in a bad lie and the roll seemed more than fair. It was nice to see divots filled.
Rough: Not very penal and really a non factor here. The course is so tight that most of the time you are either OB or on the next hole. The trees lining the fairways are far more brutal than the rough.
Bunkers: Was only in two today and as Keith alluded to, the new sand led to many fried eggs. Nevertheless, the bunkers with soft sand are far more welcoming to hit from than the hard pan dirt most courses seem to allow. Ample rakes too.
Greens: The highlight of the round for me; great color, good roll, challenging breaks, and excellent condition. They were a pleasure to putt from.
ETC: Pace of play was roughly 4.25 hours and it moved much faster, a real blessing at an SCGA outing. The locker room was a real throwback, as is much of this course. The barbecue lunch was excellent. Shotgun start that could have gotten off to a cleaner start. All in all, a good outing at a decent private course.» Close
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