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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 10/2 with GK member molebio (Nat) as our second stop on a quick Nor Cal visit. As with many of my trips out of San Diego, I came across th... » More
Played here 10/2 with GK member molebio (Nat) as our second stop on a quick Nor Cal visit. As with many of my trips out of San Diego, I came across this course in various lists ranking best courses in CA, however I came away a little disappointed. It's not that this layout isn't interesting (quite the opposite in fact), it's really more that everything else made for a very mediocre outing. The staff wasn't very friendly, the weather changed dramatically from the day before and left the course wet and sloppy, the property lacks anything aesthetically that you'd expect from a course so highly ranked (carts were bare bones and had trouble maneuvering a wet course, clubhouse offered limited everything, even the parking lot was barren and gravel). It took away from what should have been the highlight of the trip.
Tee boxes: Okay shape overall. I won't blame the course for the rainy conditions, however nothing here drains well, but thankfully most tee boxes were in good enough shape that your didn't slip while swinging away.
Fairways: Another part of the course in only okay shape. In contrast to Yocha the day before, the fairways here (especially on the front 9) were reminiscent of Eagle Crest in Escondido. If you know the course, insert laughter here. If not, that means playable here and there, some coverage but winter conditions everywhere.
Rough: Thankfully there was minimal rough on the course and the one that did exist was more ESA than anything. There was a penalty to pay for errant shots but starter said ESA was played laterally and that was good enough for me.
Sand: This sand was the volcanic type you'd have a hard time hitting out of and required careful shot shaping near greens. There was enough sand to hit out of, but not enough to flop shots very high in the air.
Greens: The best part of the course and boy some of those false fronts; eek. The shapes and undulation were a fun test of skill (the score proves it wasn't actual fun, more punishment but the good type). Conditions were good overall. They were soft but rolled fair.
ETC: As mentioned before, this place is the antithesis of a Troon facility, and they seemed sort of proud of it (the starter actually chuckled when we told him we saw Darkhorse was ranked #8 on a list of best public golf courses in CA). I get not having the means to invest in the aesthetics and wanting to have the course be the standout part of the experience, but when even that is lacking (I doubt the rain has been THAT heavy that it made the course look and play like it did today), it's sad. I came in thinking I would find CrossCreek version 2.0 but was sad to see it closer to Woods Valley. Maybe when it's in peak condition it's worth a visit, but even at under $40, I would wait and play Yocha.» Close
Played here 10/2 with GK member molebio (Nat) as our first stop on a quick Nor Cal visit. I had read plenty about Yocha on Keith’s blog and various ot... » More
Played here 10/2 with GK member molebio (Nat) as our first stop on a quick Nor Cal visit. I had read plenty about Yocha on Keith’s blog and various other sites but I was still blown away. The moment you know it’s a Troon property, you expect something nice and just like Classic Club or Maderas, I was not disappointed. This place just screams class and the course was spectacular. I won’t gush too much now, however it quickly became a personal favorite. A note on the review...It rained a fair amount before our tee time and we got quick a soaking from a cell overhead that eventually passed, so fair thee warned that this was taken into consideration.
Tee boxes: Good shape overall. A really great mix of tee options for skill levels of all types. A fair amount of turf to place the tees and although the rain made the ground soft, it was very playable.
Fairways: Wonderful condition. If they drain and play this well in pouring rain, I can only imagine how amazing they must be in high season. Cut perfectly and the cut patterns were visually stunning. Consistency of the grass was also excellent. Can’t fault the course for rain, but you can praise their staff for doing a great job of avoiding standing water and performing preventative maintenance to make sure the course was playable in that kind of weather.
Rough: No joke, this grass was Torrey tough. It was thick and sticky, with the height enough to hide a white golf ball easily and quickly. It was penal and brutal.
Sand: Unfortunately you can prepare everything else on the course to drain a bit except for the bunkers, so the rain made the sand into oatmeal and shot shaping was nearly impossible. I get the feeling these bunkers are normally pearly white sand that’s the perfect consistency.
Greens: Excellent condition. Again, given the rain, they ran very quick and even on roll. They were a beautiful green color and the undulation was challenging.
ETC: Everything about this property was amazing. The staff is what you would expect from Troon; attentive, courteous, and friendly. From bag drop to club cleanup, the staff at Yocha were the cherry on a delicious sundae. The carts were great with good GPS. Water in coolers as well as fridges everywhere on the course. What more can be said about the layout; one of my favorites. Highly recommend anyone who can make the trip and play here, you will not be disappointed.» Close
Played here yesterday (9/9/18) with fellow GK member molebio (Natalio) on a GN Hot Deal for $38 on a hot Sunday afternoon (12:07pm scheduled tee time)... » More
Played here yesterday (9/9/18) with fellow GK member molebio (Natalio) on a GN Hot Deal for $38 on a hot Sunday afternoon (12:07pm scheduled tee time). Showed up and it was about 95 degrees with a parking lot only 60% filled, so I licked my chops at the prospect of a quick round. Hadn't been out here in a few months at least and it was great to see Willow in better condition than last time. Even the brutal summer months couldn't drain the green and good conditions from this great property.
Tee boxes: Overall okay condition. It's hard to really mess up a tee-box for me unless it is bare dirt and/or completely unlevel. Neither was the case today, although the turf density did vary a bit (it was harder to drive the tee into the ground on some holes). Boxes were a bit patchy too, but that is to be expected after noon.
Fairways: Good condition. They were all green, had excellent roll with just enough crisp in the grass to skid smashed drives along, and most fairways had excellent grass coverage. Nice to see the summer heat didn't destroy the turf too much out here.
Rough: Where it existed at its thickest, it was penal. I distinctly remember hole 2 and 8 as ones where I got completely lost trying to find a wayward drive, so it is out there and can swallow up any missed shot.
Bunkers: I was only in one and was able to get out no problem. The sand here is more beach than Augusta, however it appeared that most bunkers were raked and fairly playable.
Greens: Good condition overall (except for hole 2). The speed was not insane, the breaks were a bit tricky at times, but overall the condition was better than expected.
ETC: Pace of play due to heat and start of football season was only 3 hours! Staff was friendly and useful. Carts are newer with good GPS, however, ours had a breaking issue (thankfully the course is not terribly hilly outside of hole 4). Course layout is fun and for $38 it was a complete steal. Recommended especially as the weather cools and they keep watering the course.» Close
Played here 9/1 with fellow GK member jpeairs85 on a good GN deal with a 1:10pm tee time. I hadn't been out here since the last GK Plays here and read... » More
Played here 9/1 with fellow GK member jpeairs85 on a good GN deal with a 1:10pm tee time. I hadn't been out here since the last GK Plays here and reading the reviews, it was good to see they were still applicable. For a course where you would absolutely understand the summer taking its toll, there were green fairways, smooth greens, and a wonderful experience overall.
Tee-boxes: Okay condition, though I distinctly remember a handful of holes where the turf was chewed up. This may be because everyone plays the blues here to maximize the short yardage, however even the worst conditioned boxes still had enough area to tee it up.
Fairways: Great condition. I loved the green color, the condition of the grass resulted in great lies, and the run was more than fair on a course where most people keep the driver in the bag. A fair amount of divots but it was busy and teeing off in the afternoon always results in more divots.
Rough: Where it existed, it was thick. Of course the canyons and natural contour of the course is the real "rough" here, however I saw at least three shots that landed in the thick stuff and absolutely disappeared, so it does exist and it can be penal.
Bunkers: Varied from great to mediocre, just depended on the hole and type of bunker. A few greenside bunkers (namely hole 8) had Augusta-type sand; others (like hole 2) had coarse beach sand. No footprints thankfully, but wish there was more consistency with sand.
Greens: Great condition. They rolled quick and smooth, visually a pleasure to putt on and only a few greens had burned out spots on them that did NOT affect play. Well done Mt. Woodson!
ETC: Staff was very friendly and allowed us to tee off early (in spite of 1pm marking the start of twilight rates). Grill offered good and moderately priced food. Pace of play was just a shade over 4 hours, which was excellent. Course layout is insanely fun; don't let the short yardage fool you. Carts could stand to be upgraded next, but everything here is done well and I will surely be back soon.» Close
Played here today as part of the Golfmoose “Member for a Day” outing; their first in So. Cal! Got paired up with GK member Sparky14 (Steve) and that a... » More
Played here today as part of the Golfmoose “Member for a Day” outing; their first in So. Cal! Got paired up with GK member Sparky14 (Steve) and that added to the enjoyment out there (also saw GK member Long4Par a few groups behind so GK was well represented). It was a perfect day for golf with temperatures mild for the region, a steady breeze all day, and a well organized outing that ran a shade over 4 hours. On to the review...
Tee boxes: Overall good condition. We played blues except for a handful of contest holes and I never had trouble finding turf to drive my tee into. Ground seemed pretty level and I didn’t see any issues with conditioning.
Fairways: Pretty good considering this area gets some serious high temps during summer (in San Diego-terms). Green color throughout and I felt the roll was fair. I only found one actual divot in the turf, but any bad shots were not to be blamed on the condition of the fairways today.
Rough: Overall good shape yet somewhat penal. I distinctly remember two shots from the rough that played with my head a bit; both cases the ball was in the thick stuff and I had to club up two numbers just to get to the green.
Bunkers: Okay shape throughout. The green side bunkers had enough sand in them to be able to hit out, even if it wasn’t pristine white beach sand. Fairways bunkers were a bit more precarious to work with as some had almost no sand or rock hard sand. Rakes were ample and most people did a good job cleaning them up.
Greens: Good condition. It looks like they punched about 3-4 weeks ago, though I didn’t see breaks affected by the visible pockmarks. The speed seemed medium and the breaks were also not terribly difficult (even if my score indicated otherwise).
ETC: Staff was friendly; both the Golfmoose and the Shadowridge people. Ample parking today. The carts could stand to be updated, especially with some GPS. Overall the layout is comparable to the recently closed Carmel Mtn. Ranch; not insanely difficult but with a few interesting holes.» Close
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