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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 yesterday (1/3/19) with fellow GK member molebio (Nat) on an 11:45am tee time for $32. In case anyone reading this hasn't been here in the... » More
Played here yesterday (1/3/19) with fellow GK member molebio (Nat) on an 11:45am tee time for $32. In case anyone reading this hasn't been here in the last year or so, the three different 9 hole options have been truncated into an 18 (with the routing being Mission->Presidio) and the old Friars 9 now called the Sunset 9. This review is for the 18 hole course. Conditions today were about what I expected considering the weather in San Diego; rain on Monday/Tuesday and freezing temperatures at night. For the price not a bad deal.
Tee boxes: Okay condition. Nothing terrible that would prevent you from standing semi-level on the tee. Blue tee boxes get the most play here as the course isn't particularly long, so they will always take a little extra abuse on the daily.
Fairways: Okay to good condition. Again, nothing spectacular and nothing detrimental outside the occasional GUR. A mixed bag of good lies and hard-pan areas with a generous amount of roll. A few areas of GUR came into play, but only a handful of times.
Rough: Not too much to speak of but those areas where it does exist have some level on penalty to them. The OB and hazard areas are much harder to deal with.
Bunkers: Was only in one but it had a decent amount of good sand with medium consistency, enough to be able to shape shot with. The fairway bunkers are challenging in their placement and size.
Greens: The best part of the course. Great shape, good solid roll and not insanely difficult, though they ran very fast. Good to see people taking care of their divots.
ETC: Carts have very basic GPS that I believe was a bit off on this day. Staff was friendly and got us out a few minutes before our scheduled time. Pace of play was roughly 4 hours in Chamber of Commerce weather. Conditions may not be ideal, but good enough for the price to come on out.» Close
Played here 12/26 with fellow GK member molebio (Nat) on an 11:30am tee-time. Weather this day was absolutely perfect for golf, however it had rained ... » More
Played here 12/26 with fellow GK member molebio (Nat) on an 11:30am tee-time. Weather this day was absolutely perfect for golf, however it had rained plenty the day before and Balboa didn't drain as well as one would hope. Conditions nonetheless were excellent and probably better than Jay's last review, so here we go:
Tee boxes: Perhaps the worst conditioned part of the course, and they were still plenty good. The fact most men play the blue tees here is probably a large contributor to their overall condition, however I also saw plenty of workers on the course and the rains didn't help. Plenty of the boxes were chewed up and some not as level as you would hope, but again, this is a MUNICIPAL golf course that gets tons of play.
Fairways: Overall good, however there were plenty of flagged/roped-off areas throughout the course; some had nothing to do with the rains, others were puddles of water from the night before. 80% of the fairways though had ample coverage and those areas offered good lies.
Rough: Penal at time. Mind you, when the OTHER municipal in San Diego is Torrey Pines, you change your definition of the word, but for this course, it was plenty long and sticky. I had a few shots end up in the thick stuff and it definitely grabbed your club some.
Sand: Amazingly wasn't in any this day, but from the looks of the shots taken by the other members of my foursome; a bit inconsistent in density and coarseness. The rains certainly didn't help, however at least they weren't barren or riddled with rocks.
Greens: The highlight for me; excellent condition overall. The putts for the most part rolled quite true. Speed wasn't a huge factor, but it was nice to see them run quicker than normal, especially after rain the night before. A few footsteps but as to be expected in this type of course.
ETC: New setup in the pro shop (at least new to me) with the room re-oriented a bit so you walk into the room facing the starter/cashier(s); I like it! Friendly staff today, but highly disappointed to see that the snack bar was closed near the 9th green, as it was needed today and there is only a vending machine on the course that usually steals your bills. Carts had plenty of juice and good to see they upgraded them. No major frills here; very old school course that still offers one of the best views in San Diego.» Close
Played here today (12/19) with a 1pm twilight tee time and got about 15 solid holes in before the darkness gave way. South is well on its way to being... » More
Played here today (12/19) with a 1pm twilight tee time and got about 15 solid holes in before the darkness gave way. South is well on its way to being ready for the Farmers in every way possible, from grandstand setup to course conditions. Today was by far the thickest I have seen the rough in the 25+ times I’ve played and it was every bit as tough as you can imagine.
Tee boxes: Excellent shape. As anyone who plays here knows, guys love to try the tips and today was no different, so the green and taupe boxes were clean. Didn’t have any issues driving the tee into the turf and the ground was solid, mowed level and tight.
Fairways: A joy to hit from and visually stunning. It’s clear when the City steps up the maintenance work before the pros come in January. They didn’t offer tremendous roll as they were a bit damp, but not a bad lie all day!
Rough: Hell. As mentioned before, I’ve never personally seen it this thick and with this many grass clippings blanketing the course. I’m surprised pace wasn’t any slower as everyone was having a hard time locating balls that I with 20/15 vision couldn’t see feet away from me. Bullish and thick-headed players got hilariously humbled and that was a treat in itself.
Bunkers: Perrhaps the weakest part of the course today and they were still good. Some had damp areas but even the three I was in had enough sand to get out of. With a new batch of sand, these will be perfect.
Greens: Near perfect. The tourists in my group couldn’t believe how green they were considering we don’t get much rain. They were rolling extremely fast, with smooth and tricky breaks. The pros will be in for a treat!
ETC: Starter was friendly. Cart attendant came around three times and was also friendly, even as the prices for everything were usual Torrey. Pace of play was excellent today and was set to be just under 4.5 hours, which for here is mind bogglingly quick. CPO sadly but if you can get out, do so!!» Close
Played here 12/11 with my friend on an 8AM tee time (actual tee off time was closer to 8:20; thank you very much 118 Freeway). I had heard much about ... » More
Played here 12/11 with my friend on an 8AM tee time (actual tee off time was closer to 8:20; thank you very much 118 Freeway). I had heard much about this course, but this was my first time playing here. This course reminded me a lot of Arroyo Trabuco and a bit of The Crossings combined; every hole seemed to have a dramatic drop-off and trouble everywhere. A fun course not in peak shape (obviously) but very fun and challenging. On to the review:
Tee boxes: Good shape overall. Never had any issues finding solid ground and I was happy to see they offer a good amount of options for all skill sets. They could stand to touch-up the paint in the markers to be able to differentiate between white and silver, however it was amazing to see them paint the curb nearest the tee sets with a touch of color to indicate which box is which; small touch goes a long way.
Fairways: Again good shape, although I would hate to see how these looked before the big rains last week, since I fear they were dry and crispy. Conditions this day were good in that they offered excellent lies, a fair amount of run (which wasn't always a good thing on some holes), and a visually pleasing ambiance.
Rough: Where it existed, penal! I distinctly remember two shots on the Ridgecrest 9 where the rough ate up my ball. That rough was thick and deep enough that 3 minutes wasn't enough to even start looking. The rest of the hazard areas were also well kept and equally penal.
Sand: Was only in one bunker all day, and although the sand was more dirt color than pearl white, the consistency allowed for good shot shaping (and a sand save). Ample amount of rakes was a plus.
Greens: Good to excellent shape, however they were running like glass today. Every putt was brutal as it would run at least 10-15 inches past your desired target. Also, the green complexes here were downright nasty at times; tiny bean shaped greens for some holes, monster lake sized complexes for others, by far the biggest challenge of the day.
ETC: Carts had good GPS (the same software as Rams last Sunday). Staff that I encountered were friendly (starter especially). Pace of play today felt worse than it actually was since most groups played the same combo, but ended up being 4 hours on the nose. Layout was fun and challenging. Lots of parking at the property. No cart service which was a shame. A good challenge that comes recommended.» Close
Guess I am the first review for the GK Plays outing at Rams yesterday (12/9) and as always, it was a blast. Conditions here today mirrored those of al... » More
Guess I am the first review for the GK Plays outing at Rams yesterday (12/9) and as always, it was a blast. Conditions here today mirrored those of almost every other time I have made the trip and it's hard to walk away from this course unimpressed. Overall, every aspect of the day was fantastic. Played well for the first time here and that probably added to my ratings but here they are.
Tee boxes: Played the blue tee boxes, but anytime a course of this caliber offers a fair amount of tee sets, it's a huge plus as it helps avoid everyone playing from the same set (incorrectly I may add) thus avoiding major turf issues. Never had an issue finding solid footing, though on a few holes the turf was a tad harder to drive the tee into, however much of a first-world problem that may sound like.
Fairways: Like always, carpet-like and sparkling forest green pathways contrasting the wonderful desert background. Roll felt like it was more than fair, turf conditions were wonderful in that I had no bad lies to hit from and everyone from GK before me used the feed mix in their carts generously. Visually stunning to see a course where the fairways look like the photo on the scorecard.
Rough: The times I found the "rough" yesterday weren't overly penal, however I'm not certain I found anything that wasn't fairway, water, sand, or desert more than twice. Those times the rough wasn't half as thick as Torrey South, but it did hide the ball some and made me club up.
Bunkers: Was only in one all day and the sand consistency was excellent; offered ample amount of off-white beach style sand to at least attempt a sand save. Didn't really hear any complaints about the fairway bunkers, so I assume all the sand was in good shape today. Did have a few bunkers that were poorly raked so I am hoping whomever that was in the groups ahead of us will give it a better effort next time.
Greens: Like all else, excellent shape sans one or two greens that had some burn out/turf issues that were thankfully on the extreme end of the pin placement. Roll today was fair (as opposed to the glass-like consistency in roll the first time I played here a few years ago) and I didn't see any issues with the terrain. Again, my group (second to last) found quite a few craters from guys who had a heavy foot with their cleats, but that's on them not the course.
ETC: Cart GPS wasn't quite as accurate as I hoped in relation to pin placement, but outside of that, great to see the investment in this software as the digital scorecard even took into account any input handicaps in its calculations. Comfortable ride, USB chargers, and ice/water bottles in the coolers a plus. Staff was attentive and genuinely nice (everyone knew GK and welcomed us multiple times). Very nice to see the new Ram Shack (I believe that was the name) on the back 9, as it was much needed in past years. Cart attendant passed by our group at least 6-7 times. Food in the restaurant was good and fairly priced. Patio after was heated and offered a comfortable environment for post-match celebration. Thanks for everything Johnny and co.; this was a great way to end the year!» Close
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