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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 Jose/South Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Fresno Area; Bakersfield Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona; Northern Arizona
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
TaylorMade SIM Driver
Callaway XR 16 Hybrid (14 degrees)
Callaway Rogue irons
Odyssey O-Works Black Marxman putter
Titleist Pro V-1 balls
Last Updated: June 18, 2020
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 15 years now and I really enjoy the times I can get out. Moved to Camarillo in mid 2019 and play with the Gold Coast Golf Association anywhere in Ventura County.
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Played my semi-final GK Match against Kassper7 yesterday (7/8) for my very first visit to Elkins, walking away impressed and saddened, not at losing m... » More
Played my semi-final GK Match against Kassper7 yesterday (7/8) for my very first visit to Elkins, walking away impressed and saddened, not at losing my match rather that this gem of a course is going away soon. All the descriptions of it are apt; tucked away in a nice setting, conditions stellar for what equates to a "muni"style track, and prices here being more than fair. Loved everything about this course because I kept my expectations low out of fear that it would be packed, hot, and in poor shape....it simply wasn't the case to my surprise.
Tee boxes: Overall good but I remember a handful of holes in which the blue tees (played by our group) were a bit beat up. Some un-level ground and with walkers unable to fill divots made, the par 3 tees had their share of holes by the afternoon.
Fairways: Great shape with a healthy green color. This course won't be shutting down and letting conditions deteriorate, that's for sure. Better fairways here than RiverRidge played a few weeks ago. Good decent roll and only one bad lie all day that was no fault of the course greenskeepers.
Rough: More penal than it appears. Area under trees that line the fairways can get quite shaggy, enough to make me layup/punch out quite a bit. It won't appear so visually, but there is a premium to staying in the fairway here.
Sand: In two greenside bunkers and there was inconsistent amount of sand; one had almost none, the other had some. Neither of the bunkers had great sand type, and only after getting to place my shot back after repairing a footprint did I get a shot at making it out.
Greens: Excellent greens here. They rolled slower than I thought, but very pure in my opinion. Left plenty of putts short, but if I was guessing the line right, the contours and undulation can't be THAT hard to figure out. Some very large greens, others much smaller...all were in great shape.
ETC: Bare bone amenities (though from the looks of things this was probably the case even before it was decided they would close in September). Paid at the window on north side of clubhouse. Saw no cart attendant and no sort of food/drink availability anywhere. Carts available, but you can walk the course (back nine far hillier than front). Pace today was just under 4.5 hours, even as it seems we had an older twosome right behind us the entire round, minimal waiting if any in front. Layout is fun with some shades of Santa Anita/Diamond Bar on the front and CrossCreek/Woods Valley in some areas of the back. A fun track that will be sorely missed.» Close
Played here today (7/3) with GK legend Matt "LOTR" Schliebe on a 9:20AM tee time under very pleasant weather. First time out here and I must say this ... » More
Played here today (7/3) with GK legend Matt "LOTR" Schliebe on a 9:20AM tee time under very pleasant weather. First time out here and I must say this course is the definition of quirky. Lots of blind shot, fairways that bend and snake everywhere, and short par 4's with tricks at every turn. Conditions today were about what I expected after no rain and some warming weather, but I was still pleasantly surprised with the greens. A great time had even if the score didn't reflect it.
Tee boxes: Nothing noteworthy either way; a few boxes had unlevel ground under them (playing the green frog tees today) but nothing so egregious it caused a bad shot.
Fairways: Decent to good shape. Visually they were browning and the turf condition was nothing special, but no bad lies and roll was fair (in most cases).
Rough: Not much to speak of that I remember, though just about every other type of penal areas exist; ESA, OB, canyons, lateral, water, etc. and all of those were of far greater worry than the medium length rough.
Bunkers: Another average to below average feature, the bunkers here are brown dirt-like sand that is lacking in consistency and quantity. I hit out of one and landed it 6 feet from the hole from 75 yards out, so how bad it can it really be?
Greens: The highlight of the round; visually pop with good solid and true roll. They had some tricky contours and a few of the breaks were a bit surprising, however I thought they played very fair and any missed putts were simply bad reads of speed.
ETC: Course is target golf all the way. Packed out there, exacerbated more so by the fact that Sandpiper and RSM have STILL not opened! No clubhouse, rather a booth to check-in/pay. Cart attendant (wonderfully friendly) was out and saw here twice; drinks only. Carts available as this course is hilly and probably quite a workout to walk. Saw people outside the course restaurant, so assuming that is open. All staff were very nice and COVID-19 precautions were present everywhere here.» Close
Played here today (6/26) on a 9:00AM tee time with GK member Jon P. on what turned out to be a warm but very comfortable Chamber of Commerce day in Ir... » More
Played here today (6/26) on a 9:00AM tee time with GK member Jon P. on what turned out to be a warm but very comfortable Chamber of Commerce day in Irvine. First time playing here and I’m glad I did. I had been dissuaded by some to try and play here as either the layout wasn’t to their liking or 6 hour round horror stories, but what I found was a great course with some quirk to it, though nothing you’d shake your head at. Pace today was also dictated entirely by our playing partners (members at Strawberry Farms) who played as fast as I have ever seen in my life and forced our way past an incredibly slow foursome ahead of us.
Tees: Played the whites and got lucky as most people played the blues and I’m sure those tees were more worn than ours. No real bad lies and even on par 3’s I was able to find a nice spot to hit from.
Fairways: I’d say good shape overall with ample coverage (carts did have divot mix) and fair roll all day. Visually it was nice to have the colors easily indicate good/bad shots.
Rough: I can’t recall it being overtly penal, however I attribute good play today to my lack of further information about the rough.
Bunkers: The ones I was in all had good fluffy sand and even limited footprints! It was a nice change of pace from others courses that seemed to let the bunkers go.
Greens: Wonderful, albeit a bit slow especially early on; left plenty of putts short today. No major trickery on the breaks and I found the roll to be true.
ETC: Staff today was friendly, check-in a breeze with the prepayment online. Carts have good GPS and enough giddy up. Pace as mentioned today was good due to our partners (got around in 3.5 hours!) however outside of that I’m sure it would have been closer to 4-4.25. Conditions are good, and the course IS overpriced but on a good deal (>100) you should come out!» Close
Played here for the first time ever yesterday (6/23) on a 1:10PM tee time with my buddy and his daughter. Reading the last review from just three week... » More
Played here for the first time ever yesterday (6/23) on a 1:10PM tee time with my buddy and his daughter. Reading the last review from just three weeks ago scared me enough to rethink playing here, but as it's a few miles down the road from home and the price seemed fair, I took a risk. Although not nearly as bad as the review made it out to be (I believe the course benefited from a touch more maintenance and some recent morning mist/light rains to green it up), I can see why and were the course is failing. I doubt conditions here will ever be Rams Hill-like, but if they can get back to maintaining it in good shape, this may be on I visit again soon.
Tee boxes: Decent is a bit a of a stretch (whites played); often un-level and turf was fairly chewed up. Thankfully no issues driving tee down, but on par 3's where I was hitting off the turf, it was rough.
Fairways: Burnt out visually and to some degree, playability affected. Roll was decent, but lies at times were not ideal and since grass wasn't as full as it could be, ball didn't sit up much.
Rough: Varied too much in depth and consistency to say definitively, but I would call it decent. On some holes, it was a nice forest green and thick enough to make you play smart (mainly under trees where it hasn't been touched by summer heat).
Bunkers: Was only in one thankfully, but at least it had sand in it (unlike Tierra Rejada) just not as much of it as you would like. Even after moving the ball from a footprint, it was hard to find a good touch on sand shot.
Greens: The highlight, even though it looks like they were top-dressed perhaps two weeks ago. They ran relatively smooth and some of the break were just insane.
ETC: They do have carts but we walked, and as Kassper mentioned in his review, this is not a course someone who doesn't walk regularly should start trying; it is hilly, can play long with two instances of longer walks between holes and getting to the par 3 15th is almost straight uphill. Staff at check-in and starter were friendly. Layout lives up to the "lakes" part of its name so be prepared. My main problem today (and it would be every time) is the course's practice of sending out singles/twosomes back to back causing certain holes to have 4 groups on them at any given time. Not sure if this was a COVID-19 precaution, but I believe it IS possible to safely play foursomes like both Los Robles and Tierra Rejada have last time I played, with appropriately spaced groupings/tee times. We were pushed all day by an older twosome and anyone who has played with me knows, I am a fast player (no practice shots). Thankfully everyone played fast and we finished in less than 4 hours.» Close
Played here 6/16 with a friend on a 2:10PM tee time booked online (no prepayment required). First time playing here since moving to Ventura Co. and I ... » More
Played here 6/16 with a friend on a 2:10PM tee time booked online (no prepayment required). First time playing here since moving to Ventura Co. and I was quite pleased with the course, in spite of some of the stories I was told of horrendous pace and trick holes here. Loved almost everything about the layout, tricky greens, and conditions. I will certainly be back considering it's only a 15 minute drive and prices here are more than fair (plus it's a great and exhausting walk, especially after the turn).
Tee boxes: Probably the worst conditioned part of the course. Played the tips to maximize yardage and they were pretty beat up in most cases with grass a bit inconsistent and leveling of turf surprisingly uneven on some holes.
Fairways: Good shape overall. Visually pleasing which helped keep my eyesight focused on where to aim. Roll was more than fair and can't remember a single bad lie.
Rough: Varied length and penalty. Some times under the trees it was thick and humbling, other times where the sun really hit it, it was more burned out and not bad. Far more penalizing than the rough were the native/waste areas surrounding.
Bunkers: Was in one, but it was full of sand (a nice change of pace from Tierra Rejada) that was closer to beach sand than the traditional white stuff you see on TV. Enough sand to get your club under it. Bunkers here have mounds of grass/native grass in them that make them ultra challenging!
Greens: Nearly perfect. They were a sparkling green color with serious undulation and tricky breaks. Even though I putted well I was challenged to try and control speed and breaks nearly every single green. Amazing conditions on the greens as well; roll was true, few divots, and nearly perfect visually.
ETC: Carts were available with GPS on them. As mentioned, you can walk but the back 9 is very hilly and will test those out of shape like me. Pro shop open and patrons allowed to pay in there. Staff was friendly. Saw a cart attendant out on the course, but think her shift was ending by the time I saw here closer to 3pm. Snack shack at center of course was closed, but restrooms open. No ball washers, water, or rakes on course per COVID-19 requirements. Layout here is short but challenging at times (think Balboa in SD). Price here to walk during the week is nearly unbeatable. Saw a grass range had some people. Highly recommend!» Close
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