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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 OZ Putter
Last Updated: August 1, 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 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 (9/18) as part of the annual SCGA visit. This was my first visit here and I must say, this place was really nice. The clubhouse and ... » More
Played here today (9/18) as part of the annual SCGA visit. This was my first visit here and I must say, this place was really nice. The clubhouse and some of the aesthetics were a little dated, but the real highlight here was the course. A great mix of holes; water in play, perfectly placed sand traps, doglegs galore, and those greens, my god those greens. This place has all trademarks of a private club as well; great attentive service, gated entry with guard, and right in the middle of one the priciest zip codes in So. Cal. The event was run very well by Brenda, my group was funny, easy-going (for the most part), and we finished in a shade over 4 hours, which anyone will tell you is a blessing. On to the review:
Tee boxes: Great shape. The maintenance staff was busy at work this morning watering the boxes. Lots of tee options, so no one box took a beating. Level land to tee off from.
Fairways: Excellent. Green, cut tight, allowed a fair amount of roll, and never once ended up in a bad lie. Love the fact the carts had true mix feed to fix divots. The fairways looked like carpet.
Rough: Penal, though the OB on the course is really what kills you. There is a mix of rough areas; traditional thick stuff, desert-like areas, and million dollar properties all around the course. The good thing is many holes have other holes running parallel that allow for a chance at redemption on errant shots.
Bunkers: Good to great. Some had sand that was a tad more coarse, though no bunker was in bad shape. Was only in one today, but it played from about 25 feet below the hole. Ample bunkers and nice to see them raked consistently.
Greens: Near perfect. The roll on them was like putting on glass. The speed varied from fast to insane. I saw one putt tapped from 3 feet and roll to 5 feet past. The breaks on some of the greens didn't look bad, but played rather difficult. Some divots but none affected the roll.
ETC: Staff was very friendly (as you'd expect). Food was rather bland in the snack shop (cash only). Carts had no GPS and really could use it with the amount of blind shots. Water available on a handful of holes. Ample restroom facilities. Ample parking. Not the cheapest option but call it a once in a lifetime chance to play a wonderful private course and one from the "56" collection in San Diego.» Close
Played here today as part of the GK Plays event along with fellow members Jon, Jim, and Shane. First time out and was pleasantly surprised with condit... » More
Played here today as part of the GK Plays event along with fellow members Jon, Jim, and Shane. First time out and was pleasantly surprised with conditions considering how hot and punishing the sun has been this week. As mentioned, the resort absolutely warrants high praise for its staff, services, offerings, and ambiance. The course, although wonderful and deserving of its ranking on Golf Digest's Best Public Courses list, perhaps isn't as glorious as its neighbor up the street. The layout has some serious challenges but as fellow GK member jpeairs said; you are paying top dollar (at its rack rate) for the resort, not so much the golf. On to the review:
Tee-boxes: Great condition. Played combo today so both the blues as well as the whites we played had ample coverage, level ground, and were generally clean. A good mix of tee box options.
Fairways: Very good condition. Green and cut to good length. Offered ample roll and I never once found a bad lie. Visually they were good to look at, functionality-wise a pleasure to hit from.
Rough: Penal! I saw plenty of shots today that had some Torrey Jr. to them; often grabbing clubs on tough shots, hiding bad shots, and generally creating a nuisance. Lots of different type of grasss for rough as well so play them smart.
Bunkers: Excellent condition. This course has a plethora of bunkers and I found them all. It was a pleasure to hit from them even if all the sand wasn't fluffy white Augusta sand, they were well maintained, had good sand for all types of shots, and ample rakes.
Greens: Varying degrees of good. Some were littered with divots in different stages of repair, others had some burned areas, but overall they rolled well and true. Found the speeds to vary too. Some were medium speed, a few were quick. No complaints in terms of putting though.
ETC: Carts had good GPS on them. Saw the cart girl multiple times. Friendly and useful snack attendant at the turn. Marshals a plenty (though sometimes a bit overbearing in presence). Layout reminds me of Cottonwood on steroids and dressed up for a nice date; lots of waters, bunkers everywhere but flat overall abs the holes at times bunched together with only trees between you and the next hole. A good deal like the one Johnny got us today certainly merits a visit. The company like always is what makes GK.» Close
Classic Club Palm Desert, CAReviewed by: sbarajasjr, San Diego
Played here yesterday (8/31) with fellow Guru's Nick, Keith, and Kevin. Had a wonderful time at this beautiful and unique desert course. Everything ab... » More
Played here yesterday (8/31) with fellow Guru's Nick, Keith, and Kevin. Had a wonderful time at this beautiful and unique desert course. Everything about this place screams out class; the attention to detail, the customer service, the conditions....it is in my opinion a must-play! Outside of the heat, this was a perfect outing in every way. On to the review (though the boys pretty much covered everything and them some):
Tee boxes: Excellent shape I felt. There was plenty of green flat area to hit from. No major divot damage on par 3 holes. A good variety of tee options as well.
Fairways: Great shape considering how consistently the temperatures here get over 110 degrees in the summer. Green through and through with a few spots affected by sprinklers or irrigation issues. Didn't offer the greatest roll because of this but didn't have a bad lie all day.
Rough: Great shape as well. Not overly thick but enough to keep you honest. Good to see this area wasn't left to die off in the heat.
Bunkers: Probably the "worst" part of the course and that's saying a lot because it's like complaining about the front console shape on a Ferrari; it's all relevant to context. A few were great with fluffy white sand but lots had hard and crusty brown sand, a few even had puddles that made it impossible to hit from.
Greens: As alluded to previously, they had top dressing of sand on them that may not have affected breaks all that much but did come into play with speed. Overall though they held shots and rolled true so that's all that matters (just ask Keith who made a great 30+ footer).
ETC: Carts packed with ice and water to start. Wonderful GPS and as if that wasn't enough, they provide you with a complimentary yardage book. Golf towel, divot tool, and marker are finite touches that make this place the classiest. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Not one person treated me any less than VIP status. Layout is wonderful with a good mix of holes. An air conditioned bathroom, ice cold water every three holes, and plentiful visits from the cart attendant in the desert make all the difference. The fact this place is in better shape at 115 degrees outside than most places in decent weather near my home is astounding. HIGHLY recommended.» Close
Played my GK Cup match here on 8/7 with Matt, David, and Ron. Conditions were pretty good overall considering how beat up San Diego has been these las... » More
Played my GK Cup match here on 8/7 with Matt, David, and Ron. Conditions were pretty good overall considering how beat up San Diego has been these last few weeks. This course is never in terrible shape, and it was nice to see lots of green out there. The review:
Tee boxes: Good shape overall. A bit chewed up but we teed off around 2pm so I am sure they were in better shape in the morning. Only had one hole where I found the ground to be unlevel but the space between the markers was ample enough to find a place to tee it up.
Fairways: Nice green color and offered good roll and drives. Had two bad lies today but not the course's fault; divots are commonplace here. Partners did a great job of filling them today.
Rough: The times I was in it, there were some thick sticky areas of grass. The ESA dominte this course but errant tee shots are certainly penalized even before going into the ESA.
Bunkers: Amazingly was only in one and it was a fairway bunker. That one was dry, crusty, and ample in size. The greenside ones looked to be about the same condition-wise (to a degree), which is a shame considering you actually want the fluffy stuff around the greens.
Greens: Good shape except for the pock marks of cleats, footprints, and unrepaired divots. Again, the playing partners did an excellent job cleaning up our playing surface. Roll was true otherwise and speed was medium-fast with certain putts breaking towards the ocean on the front.
ETC: New carts had nice GPS though touchscreen wasn't very sensitive to finger pressure. Staff as always here, was very helpful and kind. I love the layout of this course and the front and back nines are so different. A few funky holes and the par 3's here are a little meh, but for the price they offer So.Cal. residents, this is a must-play.» Close
Played here today with the Guru's (Art and Shane in my group), teeing of at 7:30 sharp on an initially cloudy then warm but breezy day. Had a wonderfu... » More
Played here today with the Guru's (Art and Shane in my group), teeing of at 7:30 sharp on an initially cloudy then warm but breezy day. Had a wonderful time this morning meeting a whole new group of GK Guru's and playing a course so close to home that was in good shape. The review:
Tee-boxes: Good shape overall with plenty of coverage. Some were a bit chewed up and one was not all that level, but in general I never struggled to place a tee.
Fairways: Great condition in general. Most fairways were green, had good roll, and allowed for great approach shots. Divots were mostly filled and there were a few burned out spots, plus the occasional GUR. Nevertheless, nice to see green fairways out there.
Rough: Good condition, however some areas that may be considered auxiliary rough was a little beat up. Some areas (especially on the Mission 9) had some deep stuff in places.
Bunkers: Varied but overall good. Greenside bunkers seemed to have fluffier sand, while fairway bunkers had browner grittier dirt-like sand. Still they were raked and offered good sand to hit from.
Greens: The highlight of the round (as is always the case at Riverwalk). Green, receptive on approach shots, rolled true and fast with some tricky breaks. A pleasure to play on these large carpets of turf.
ETC: Carts with side GPS tablets and USB ports. Staff was very friendly all-around. GM of the course came around after the match. Very good P.O.P. at just a shade over 4 hours, which for Riverwalk is very welcome. Layout is fun and playing the Presidio/Mission combo allows one the chance to see a wide variety of holes. Reeds in the river have not been cut in some time so shots around the San Diego River-holes are far trickier than before. Overall a great time to come out. Thanks Johnny and Guru's.» Close
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