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Where Sal Barajas Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; San Luis Obispo Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
Ping G25 Driver
Cobra S3 Irons (Graphite)
Nike OZ Putter
Last Updated: March 15, 2018
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 10 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 my GK Cup 12 Match here versus Matt today on yet another Chamber of Commerce day. I’ll let Matt summarize the match results, but as for the cou... » More
Played my GK Cup 12 Match here versus Matt today on yet another Chamber of Commerce day. I’ll let Matt summarize the match results, but as for the course, it was in good shape overall. The greens are recovering nicely and all the other parts of the course have stood the test of the drought quite well. The course review:
Tee boxes: Okay shape overall. Some of the green tee boxes had unlevel turf so finding a great spot to tee off from took an extra second. The par 3 tee boxes had been chewed up by the time we got to them, but about normal for the amount of play this course gets.
Fairways: Excellent shape for me. A good amount of roll on drives, only one divot all day, and visually they looked as good as they played.
Rough: Great shape overall. The length seemed nowhere near that of the Farmers and after, but by no means do you want to be in it. It’s still thick enough to rip the club from your hands in its deepest parts. Anyone who takes their medicine though can punch out.
Bunkers: I was in two today and both had wonderful sand to hit out of. Condition of bunkers was good as well, with previous players today doing a good job of raking the sand.
Greens: Okay shape but as the aeration alert says, it’s been a shade over three weeks since they were aerated. They did roll as true as could be given the condition, but bumps were present and the sand hasn’t disappeared 100%.
ETC: Pace was good for a weekend at Torrey at just over 4.5 hours. Staff was friendly with the cart girl coming around a few times. Match was everything you could ask for. At the end of the day it’s Torrey!» Close
Played here today (5/26) with fellow GK member jpeairs85 and a friendly twosome on the Canyon/Vineyards combo. Was bummed we couldn’t play Ranch today... » More
Played here today (5/26) with fellow GK member jpeairs85 and a friendly twosome on the Canyon/Vineyards combo. Was bummed we couldn’t play Ranch today, but had an enjoyable round finishing in just a shade under 4 hours, so no complaints there. There was a huge tournament out there in the morning that was not done when we tees off at 2pm but they seemed to play determined and quickly. On to the review...
Tee boxes: Okay to good condition. A few of the par 3 boxes were pretty chewed up, but I would say that is to be expected. All others had good turf to stand on (level) and there are a few tee options on the course.
Fairways: Great condition. The recent May gray that creates morning mist and drizzle has greened up the fairways and left them with good lies throughout. Roll seemed fair today (even on holes where the slope was unfair) and visually they were appealing.
Rough: As Jim mentioned in his last review, there’s not much rough to contend with, rather the ESA and lateral hazards that frame every hole are far greater in quantity and difficulty. The rough that does exist was not overly penal.
Bunkers: Varied but overall okay. I was in only two bunkers today but they were on the low end of the “okay” scale; more dirt than sand and rather coarse. I did see a few on the fluffier side, just not enough of them.
Greens: The highlight of the round. Very good condition; the roll was very smooth and the speed varied all day from slower than thought to lightning fast, depending on the wicked slopes and pin placements. A real test today!
ETC: Staff was very friendly, from starter to cart girl, they made a real effort to make you feel welcomed. I love the layout here and the course played tough, especially with wind at times. Range could use some love and GPS on the carts would be benificial. Pace was excellent today and the price was right for a weekend. Recommend!» Close
Played roughly 12 holes here yesterday (5/23) with my friend and his co-workers teeing off at roughly 4:10pm. The price was right and we knew we would... » More
Played roughly 12 holes here yesterday (5/23) with my friend and his co-workers teeing off at roughly 4:10pm. The price was right and we knew we wouldn't finish, instead focusing more on enjoyment of the 12 holes we knew we could easily get to. The course is still about a week and half or so from getting to where it should be after aeration, but I just can't say no to Torrey North. Pace of play was sluggish at first with lots of beginners out there finding the rough, but after 4 things opened up a bit. On to the review...
Tee boxes: Still healing from the effects of the punch earlier this month. Granted they are tee boxes so it's not like it's impossible to find ground to drive tees into, but visually they weren't looking like what Torrey usually does. Ground seemed level enough and the "blue" tee boxes probably get enough play in one day than most courses get in a week.
Fairways: Very good considering the amount of people out. Most drives got good roll and I don't remember a single bad lie. Visually they are pleasing to the eye and more importantly, when you are in play, they are everything you need to get good shots off.
Rough: It's Torrey Pines, so you'd better know what you are getting into when you miss fairways or get cute trying to act like a tour pro. I saw more than one player get completely humbled and the rough is probably at 65% of what it plays during the Farmers. Best of luck!
Bunkers: Good condition overall. Some random wet spots but it probably was misting earlier in the morning. Ample rakes and people did a good job of cleaning up after themselves. Sand texture was somewhere between beach sand and Augusta; fair enough to hit from and land soft.
Greens: Still recovering from aeration so roll here today was pretty slow and bumpy. Almost every green had significant areas that were all sand so I would give them at least another week or two before you practice your putts here. Even so, breaks here was gnarly and the ocean pull was evident.
ETC: Starter this time was great in keeping the flow going. The staff here was friendly enough in the shop and window; cart barn employees could probably use a lesson in customer service from the Lodge staff, who really know how to serve. Pace as mentioned was slow at first but a full 18 holes would have probably taken about 4.5 hours so not terribly slow. Next month should be a great time to visit.» Close
Played here yesterday (5/10) after work, taking advantage of their early "discounted" green fees that start at 1:30pm. As always, Aviara does everythi... » More
Played here yesterday (5/10) after work, taking advantage of their early "discounted" green fees that start at 1:30pm. As always, Aviara does everything right and I happened to play on a perfect weather day for golf; never over 70 degrees with limited sun and very mild wind. The course was still in championship form except for a few greens that had been sanded, though it did NOT affect putts and play. Pace was a very casual 4.5 with the group in front out of sight most of the day. Overall, it was an excellent day out there. On to the review...
Tee-boxes: Overall good, though I do remember one or two holes (including the last par 3 on the course) where the slope of the area where our tee box was placed was moderately downhill on an already severe downhill hole. Other than that, lots of level ground to drive the tee into, soft terrain available, and lots of tee box options for players of all skill level.
Fairways: Nearly perfect. I only found one divot and it was still better cared for than many regular fairways I have played recently. I felt the fairways offered good turf to play from, adequate roll, and a challenge with the undulation and slope.
Rough: THICK! There were areas where the traditional rough was just as bad as Torrey. I nearly lost a ball that I saw land in the thick stuff. Texture was sticky and provided enough grip in the grass to grab your club and deviate your ball.
Sand: I was only in one bunker all day thankfully and it had adequate amount of sand. The sand itself wasn't the bleach white stuff you see on television, but just a step below and had great texture to allow for good shot shaping. Bunkers here are plentiful.
Greens: Excellent condition and wicked. Speeds varied from unfair to medium pace, and everything in between. Condition-wise as mentioned, two holes had been sanded but it did not affect play. Other than that, some of the green complexes here are borderline insane; there were more than a few 50+ ft putts and the undulation could really mess with your perception. A great challenge that makes you respect the LPGA ladies even more when they play here.
ETC: Everything about this place screams first class. The clubhouse and practice facilities are more than adequate. The staff was extremely friendly (especially the starter Joe). Carts have the best type of GPS, come equipped with two water bottles, towels, and USB ports; all a plus! The starter had divot tools, markers, and even sunscreen...it's those little touches that let you pay what they charge here and drive off not feeling so financially poor after. The layout is fantastic and the groundskeepers here do a marvelous job aesthetically manicuring it all. If you can take advantage of a good twilight deal I would seriously recommend coming out.» Close
Played here yesterday (5/2) as part of the SCGA Members Outings after seriously debating what exactly I would be walking into given the fierce ideolog... » More
Played here yesterday (5/2) as part of the SCGA Members Outings after seriously debating what exactly I would be walking into given the fierce ideological conundrum I'd be having the entire time (and yes, sadly there were more than a few M.A.G.A hats on the course). Since I love golf enough and can bite my tongue quite a bit, I paid the reasonable price the SCGA asked and was able to get one of the last tee-times of the day. All BS aside, the course itself was impressive and although I played like garbage, I had a good time out there. The ocean views alone were awe-inspiring, but the course design was challenging and some of those greens were incredibly tricky. A good day overall. On to the review:
Tee boxes: A funny thing happened today, but we played the blue tees and they were placed at any given hole, in any given location. On hole 1, they played near the black yardage marker. On hole 2, they played near the blue marker. On hole 3, they played well in front of the white yardage marker. It was a very puzzling decision that actually affected play for our group as no one was sure where to drive to and as a first-timer, how to play a given hole. Condition-wise, the ground was soft enough to drive tees in with no issues.
Fairway: Like carpet and visually pleasing. People here do a great job of filling divots (with actual mix, not sand) so I never had a bad lie. The roll on many drives was more than fair and even though the slopes on some of these holes was insanely unfair, I felt conditioning on these fairways was well above average.
Rough: Penal! It wasn't Torrey but it came close in many places. Of course the biggest test here was staying out of the ESA, but when rough came into play, you could hear it grab clubs and many shots went about 50% the usual distance.
Bunkers: I was in about 4 today (two green side, two fairway) and all had ample, great quality sand. It varied a bit in color, but consistency was key here. Ample rakes and people again did a great job raking up footprints.
Greens: Excellent condition. Many were lime green color with a very quick speed to them. What really was tricky today was the massive undulation and the pull of the ocean being a factor on every putt. We all had trouble reading it right, but it was a fun test and with conditions being so perfect, any miss would be entirely on the golfer. A great test of skill.
ETC: Complimentary valet parking today. The range was large, although the condition of it was sub-par, given how Trump loves to have things be ostentatious to the point of ridicule. Free range balls though and water on the range. Facilities, although a bit gaudy, were more than adequate. Food was expensive but tasty. Carts had color GPS that was very useful. Staff was what you would expect from a high-end course. Even with the Trump name/logo peppered everywhere you look, ignoring that was no problem and you can see why this course is so highly touted.» Close
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