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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 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
Played here today (4/2) in an SCGA outing with GK member jpeairs85. Outing was shotgun with a full field and pace of play a sluggish 5 hours but round... » More
Played here today (4/2) in an SCGA outing with GK member jpeairs85. Outing was shotgun with a full field and pace of play a sluggish 5 hours but round was beyond enjoyable. One week after the Kia and this place was in absolutely amazing condition. Second time playing here and the greens today were some of the fastest I have ever played. On to the review...
Tee-boxes: Great shape as we were some of the first people out. Certain boxes were harder to drive the tee into, however all boxes offered good coverage. Good amount of choices of boxes for all skill levels.
Fairways: Amazing. Green, cut tight with a great amount of roll. Very few divots and a pleasure to hit from.
Rough: Penal! This stuff was a step below Torrey but absolutely killed your drives when out of bounds. Hid mis-hits well and grabbed your club, especially early in the morning.
Sand: I was in two bunkers today and they were amazing as well. Beautiful white sand that helped with shots. Ample amount of rakes.
Greens: The highlight of the round! Absolutely perfect greens that rolled like glass. Minimal damage and the breaks on some of these were insane. These were PGA tour quality greens.
ETC: Staff was very friendly, SCGA rep was very friendly. Pace was pretty bad today but I hear these events are always slow. Course still had television tower and certain stands still up from the event last weekend that really added to the feel. Highly highly recommend!» Close
Played here today (3/27) with GK member molebio. Hadn't played here in quite some time and I was pleasantly surprised in some aspects, yet a bit disap... » More
Played here today (3/27) with GK member molebio. Hadn't played here in quite some time and I was pleasantly surprised in some aspects, yet a bit disappointed with others. Course itself was a mixed bag as the review will tell, however I was happy to see a wonderful staff attitude, good food, and a sincere effort to try and make the player feel satisfied. On to the review:
Tee boxes: Whatever turf they installed in the tee boxes isn't the most receptive when it comes time to drive the tee in, otherwise conditions were good considering we teed off at 3. Lots of tee options for every level is a big plus.
Fairways: Excellent in my opinion! Not as green as one would hope but they rolled true, grass was mowed well, and minimal divot damage.
Rough: Penal where it exists but the real test here is the OB areas (homes, gorilla grass, and water). Rough that does exist is playable and not terribly tough.
Sand: Was only in one trap but had grittier dirt style sand as opposed to the white stuff you see at higher end courses. Playable enough but doesn't help with shots.
Greens: Punched in early March and sadly the sand is still affecting the putts in nearly every hole. Balls rolled okay but lots of bumps and minor deviations.
ETC: POP was very slow today, teed off before 3pm and didn't come close to finishing. Carts with GPS. Staff was friendly. Cart girl had left by the time we teed off but snack shop/restaurant was open at the turn with good food. Hitting net and nice putting green available. Layout is great mix of holes and though many don't care for the renovation, I can dig it. Recommended at discounted greeen fee.» Close
Played here on 2/26 with GK member molebio on a GolfNow deal at 7:04am. Arrived here pretty early and gate system to enter has been updated and it was... » More
Played here on 2/26 with GK member molebio on a GolfNow deal at 7:04am. Arrived here pretty early and gate system to enter has been updated and it was a mess to figure out. Thankfully the starter/pro shop attendant was right behind us and got us in. He was the only employee at the shop and allowed us to get out 30 minutes early since the tee-sheet was plenty open. I have played here at least a dozen times and I have mixed feelings about Eagle Crest. This place has the layout and potential to be a standout course in every way (similar to Carlton Oaks). Every part of this property is a revamp away from being amazing, but enough bashing and on to the review.
Tee boxes: Good condition overall. A few of them were chewed up and tough to drive the tee in, however nothing that took away from the round.
Fairway: The highlight of the round in my opinion. Green after the rain. Good lies overall and a fair amount of run on drives.
Rough: The areas where rough is present definitely had teeth, however there are fare more areas either under repair or simply not cared for (hole 3 really calls out to me).
Bunkers: Terrible! I read the last review and saw they are under repair but this is insane. They are essentially holes in the ground with natural dirt. Nothing close to sand in any bunker on the course.
Greens: Great condition. It's been raining like crazy lately and they were just the right softness and speed. Nice green color, only limited marks and great size.
ETC: Carts lacked windshields and were sorely needed. Staff was friendly but there was no cart girl out today. Course seems to have suffered major damage from the storms (tree down at 18th tee box). A renovation or infusion of capital would make this the best course in Escondido.» Close
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