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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 here today (6/18) as part of the SCGA Members Outing. The day was a mix of ups and downs, however the course immediately jumped to the top of m... » More
Played here today (6/18) as part of the SCGA Members Outing. The day was a mix of ups and downs, however the course immediately jumped to the top of my favorites in San Diego. My original tee-time was 8:20 and with the course being only 20 miles away, I left with plenty of time arriving at 7:55 at the gate only to see a backup of 8 cars. Poor communication between the SGCA and the gate guard made me late so I had to play with the 9am grouping. Thankfully they were some of the most entertaining people I have ever played with so that worked out. Other than the gate delay, the event went off without any issues and although I played like horse feces, I really enjoyed the day. The review:
Tee boxes: Good shape overall. I was happy to see a good amount of tee options. The ground was a little beat up but then again we teed off later than other groups. The ground was level though and that really is what matters.
Fairways: Wonderful condition overall. The turf was bright and colorful, offered ample roll since it was a bit dry, and I didn't have a single bad lie all day. I saw workers all day and they left the fairways in really good shape for us.
Rough: Traditional rough; good shape and penal. The thick blades of long grass that lined the fairways; insanely coarse and punishing. Accuracy is at a premium on this course as there are really no holes next to each other. The traditional rough was about 2 inches thick in most places but it humbled even the hardest hitters.
Bunkers: Great condition. They were visually stunning and I saw a few workers raking them all day. The green-side bunkers offered pearl white sand that was fluffy and easy to hit out of. The fairway bunkers had a browner thicker sand that helped make sure your shots could fly out with some roll.
Greens: Excellent condition. They were dry today and rolled (according to the cart GPS of all things) at 11.5. I felt they were pretty darn fast and the breaks were actually second to the speed of the greens. The surfaces were in prime shape and condition as well, very few divots and true roll.
ETC: Property is situated in the lap of luxury. Clubhouse offered everything you could need. Staff treated me like I was a member. The carts were very nice with great GPS, coolers with waters, and ball wash. The course placed chests every 4/5 holes with more water and chilled fruit; impressive. The layout was quite fun, reminiscent of The Farms, only more difficult. For the price I was really impressed with almost every aspect of this course so close to where I work. Recommend!» Close
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
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