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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: October 2, 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 yesterday (11/13) in an SCGA one-day event after hearing so much about this course, but never getting the chance until today. What a treat... » More
Played here yesterday (11/13) in an SCGA one-day event after hearing so much about this course, but never getting the chance until today. What a treat! Although the fee was more than I wanted to pay, I knew it would be a one time deal and it was well worth it. Although by no means Pebble or Augusta, the greens here easily are some of the best I have ever played. The event ran smoothly and every aspect of the course was top-notch. On to the review:
Tee boxes: Great condition. They offer so many tee options, no one patch of grass gets badly chewed up. Level ground everywhere. They even offer little boxes for broken tees.
Fairways: Excellent shape. They weren't the absolute greenest, but more importantly, they offered ample roll, great turf condition to hit off of, and not a single divot today.
Rough: Good shape. By no means was this Torrey rough, but errant shots were often penalized with sticky rough and since there weren't large areas between holes, you'd often have to contend with shots coming the opposite direction to boot.
Bunkers: Amazing. Simply amazing in terms of visual presentation (I had never seen greens so finely manicured), consistency of sand (a shade below white beach sand), and the bunkers here were at some points 10+ feet deep. This course also has the most amount of bunkers outside a course in Palm Springs; every hole had at least 4 guarding the tremendous greens.
Greens: As close to perfect as you can get. They say Phil comes here before the Masters to practice, and if this is true I can see why. Like putting on glass in terms of speed, roll path, and consistency. EVERYONE made sure to fix their divots here. Some greens were smaller, others were the size of an Olympic swimming pool, all were lightning fast.
ETC: Staff was very welcoming (even to non-members which was huge). SCGA ran this event very well and everyone played at a very good pace today and round was shade under 4.5. Carts had no GPS and markers were at time scarce. Layout is very park-like with holes created in a 10 x 10 city block space; an oasis in the middle of Chula Vista. Lunch that was provided was tasty. An overall great experience at one of the oldest clubs in CA.» Close
Played here for the very first time 10/20 in an SCGA one-day outing on an absolutely perfect day weather wise. It's a real shame the course was in suc... » More
Played here for the very first time 10/20 in an SCGA one-day outing on an absolutely perfect day weather wise. It's a real shame the course was in such bad shape (sans the greens), because I actually really enjoyed playing here and I can really see the potential of this being an honest to god resort course. There were lots of negatives but the biggest one on this day was the PAINFULLY slow round (shotgun format of course) that took a touch under 6 hours to complete. This is entirely unacceptable even for an SCGA event, a shotgun format of any kind, and really any round of golf period. Momentum is non-existent, waiting on literally every shot is painful, and if it wasn't for the weather, I may have just left. On to the course review...
Tee-boxes: Okay shape though every male player today was playing from white so I bet they ended up in worse shape than usual. Overall I never ran into serious problems driving the tee in the ground, just the occasional hole with tough turf.
Fairways: Bad shape in just about every aspect. Many were soggy and over-watered (how?), others were dried out beyond belief. All had huge brown patches and there were divots everywhere. How I didn't land in one of them is beyond me.
Rough: Penal for sure. There are lots of different hazard areas but the main rough was thick and penal. Nothing you couldn't hit out of but the OB areas included canyons, backyards, and roads so it was important to stay straight on this tight course.
Bunkers: Okay condition. The sand here was more on the dirt end of the spectrum instead of the white fluffy stuff, nevertheless it was playable. I only wish the bunkers had more sand in them. Ample rakes and good condition.
Greens: The absolute highlight of the course. They were pine greens, undulating, and rolled like glass; true and firm. Pin placements on this day were wicked. Some of the greens were enormous and the smaller ones were tricky. Loved these greens.
ETC: Cart had good GPS. Staff was friendly (SCGA staff included). Snack shop had good food that was reasonably priced. Cart girl came around twice. No real water on the course and only two restrooms that I remember. If it wasn't for the pace, I probably would have overlooked a lot of the bad, but when you have nothing to do but wait, you notice and critique (especially for what they charge here). Course layout here lends itself to long rounds; every par 4 necessitates waiting since you can drive the hole or just about can. Not the smartest place to hold a shotgun tourney with players of varying skills. Know before you go has never sounded so right.» Close
Played here today (10/8/17) with fellow GK member molebio and his friend Bert. Today was quite an adventure. I'll try and keep it to a minimum with co... » More
Played here today (10/8/17) with fellow GK member molebio and his friend Bert. Today was quite an adventure. I'll try and keep it to a minimum with complaints but first off, CMR and GolfNow must not speak to each other at all regarding tee-times. Not only does GolfNow offer earlier than usual (before sunrise) tee-times, but the course took forever to even find my reservation. Furthermore, due to booking errors, the course was backed up before we even teed off, with 4 groups waiting at the first tee box. This caused a significant delay in teeing off and a residual delay, that although dissipated by hole 6 completely, still made for a 5.5 hour round; unacceptable. What truly chapped my hide was the marshal who popped up periodically to tell us to keep up with the group ahead. After all the delays, to have this peeved me enough to want to walk off. On to the review:
Tee boxes: Okay shape. They looked fine but many had turf so hard, you could have driven the tee into your palm if you pushed hard enough. Not only this, but many were over watered and were sloppy. Good amount of tee options though.
Fairways: Good shape. Good color. Good roll. Condition of turf was just okay at times, especially in regard to lies. Sometimes the turf was soaked and getting a good stance was impossible, other times the fairway was nearly bare, on average though it was fine.
Rough: No real rough here to speak of after the renovation but the gorilla grass they put down a few years ago has settled now and allows for decent enough shots.
Bunkers: Decent shape. Sand consistency was varied; always brown dirt-like and conditions left something to be desired. Ample rakes.
Greens: The single highlight of the round. The greens were in absolutely perfect shape; a beautiful pine green throughout, little turf damage and minimal divots. Rolled sneaky quick and were just a pleasure to putt off of.
ETC: Staff was a mixed bag; starter was nice, clubhouse staff was friendly, marshal was a bit overbearing. Anyone who has played with me knows I play just like Chi Chi (get up and hit it), so not sure why follow our group. Carts were newer with great GPS. Food was actually very very good and a decent price. Track is halfway decent just a shame it was overbooked today or it would have been a 4.25 hour round.» Close
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
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