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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 (1/13) with fellow GK members Nat and Jon. Hadn't played Sycuan in years but I was pleasantly surprised with the conditions toda... » More
Played here yesterday (1/13) with fellow GK members Nat and Jon. Hadn't played Sycuan in years but I was pleasantly surprised with the conditions today, though to be fair they are almost always greener here than anywhere in SD and the rain earlier this week surely gave a boost to overall conditions. Booked on GolfNow and this course is infamous for messing up or "losing" reservations and wouldn't you know it, they had us on Willow instead of the one we booked, Oak. At the end of the day, it didn't matter much with a 12:15 tee-time and sunset just a shade after 5pm, I know we wouldn't finish when the first parking lot was full. On to the review.
Tee-boxes: Good shape overall. I rarely found an area where I couldn't stand on level ground. It was easy to drive the tee into the ground and there are three total boxes to choose from.
Fairways: Excellent shape. Green color and soft ground on which to hit from. They offered a good amount of roll and there were only a minimal amount of divots.
Rough: Penal because of the recent rains but more penal than the rough are the areas near the ravines. Either way, errant tee shots were mostly penalized by the insane amount of trees lining the fairways.
Sand: I was only in two traps; both had enough sand but it was a bit hard packed, even if I was able to hit out of them. One trap I was in had a small amount of rocks in it.
Greens: The highlight of the round. They were slow at first but firmed up as the day went on, but no complaints here. They rolled true, at times had tricky breaks, and were a joy to putt on.
ETC: Wonderful carts with accurate GPS. Pace was pretty slow and marshals even though present, couldn't do much. Staff was friendly. Facilities here are ample. Got hit with a golf ball today but even that couldn't take away from the enjoyment factor of a perfect weather day and golf with friends.» Close
Played here with the Guru's today (11/29) on a perfect day. A huge thanks to Johnny for organizing this outing for us, it was a real steal! Like its s... » More
Played here with the Guru's today (11/29) on a perfect day. A huge thanks to Johnny for organizing this outing for us, it was a real steal! Like its sister course, the Legends layout is a wonderful mix of holes that really make you think about shot selection and the greens today (outside of 1) did not disappoint. On to the review:
Tee boxes: Good shape overall. I never really had any issues today with a single box playing the Combo (blue/white) tees. Flat ground and lots of areas to drive the tee into the ground, which again presented no issues.
Fairways: Green and in pretty good shape. Not a ton of roll today, but never landed in a bad lie. The carts came with sand and everyone did a great job filling their divots.
Rough: Thick in certain places. I distinctly remember a few shots from the sticky stuff that really gripped my club and shots flew at about 80% of their usual flight. Lots of areas that could cause trouble at this course.
Bunkers: I was only in two of them today but I felt they were in good shape. My playing partner did comment that one he was in was "like clay", but the one I was in had good sand. The sand consistency was throwing more towards the brown damp beach sand instead of the white fluff, but I was able to get out with one swing.
Greens: The highlight for me today. The first two holes had some repair issues, but after that the greens dried up and were firm and fast. Our foursome had plenty of putts go well past the hole with simple taps. Divot damage was minimal, coot feces was prevalent. Regardless, the greens were a joy to putt on today.
ETC: Staff was very friendly (and not just "resort friendly"). From valet to cart girl, everyone had a genuine smile and warm demeanor. Facilities here are excellent and offer just about everything. Complimentary valet parking is great. Carts had plenty of juice and color GPS. Pace of play was awesome at a shade under 4 hours. Playing partners were awesome. Thanks to all.» Close
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
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