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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: February 25, 2019
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 this morning (9/16) with a couple of older gentlemen who were great company. I had played here for the first time earlier this year and I ... » More
Played here this morning (9/16) with a couple of older gentlemen who were great company. I had played here for the first time earlier this year and I enjoyed the layout and today was no different. I believe conditions this time were possibly even better, even with this major heat up & down So. Cal has been suffering from. Played okay overall but the course was not really to blame.
Tee boxes: Okay condition but they could use some leveling. All the boxes had a bit of chewed up turf, and the ground was certainly not as level as it could have been.
Fairways: Good shape with a fair amount of run, even if they were incredibly wet at tee off and dried out during the morning. Not a lot of divots given the amount of play this course was getting and many people seemed to fill their divots.
Rough: Thick and penal in places, however the native area was far more punishing than any of the rough.
Bunkers: The weakest part of the course; they were awful in my opinion. No bunker had an adequate amount of sand, the sand that WAS present was dirt-like and somehow more than a few of the bunkers had water/mud in them which made them unplayable.
Greens: The highlight of the round. They were vibrant with a nice green color, a good true roll to them and slow to medium speeds. Some of the pin placements were insanely unfair, but it was good to put my skills to the test.
ETC: Staff was friendly, including the cart attendant who came around at least twice. Carts had good juice but no GPS and considering the terrain, they could stand to have gas powered carts here. Layout is great, except for 17 which really does feel like they forgot to include it in the original schematics and tucked it in last minute. Green fees seemed more than fair and anyone who lives close to here should check it out.» Close
Played here yesterday (9/1) with my girlfriend's father for my first time ever after his recommendation as well as Johnny GK's. I don't know in what c... » More
Played here yesterday (9/1) with my girlfriend's father for my first time ever after his recommendation as well as Johnny GK's. I don't know in what condition this course was in before the renovation but I venture to guess that it looked like Eagle Crest at its worst. The course now reminds me A LOT of a Redhawk-Eastlake hybrid; conditions and layout-wise. It's a fun layout with a decent variety of holes and a handful of driveable par 4's that really make you think. Here is my honest review:
Tee boxes: Black through red tee boxes that were sometimes bunched together and the card does offer a hybrid blue-white combo that plays fair for those of us who don't play the tips. Conditions seemed more than passable though on this day there was a fair amount of chewed up turn and a need to level the ground.
Fairways: Decent to good. Nothing out of the ordinary from a course of this level; some random areas that were more than wet, some GUR, other areas green, and some deadpan. It really depended on the hole but I can't recall a single time I had to place the ball somewhere with grass due to lack of playable turf.
Rough: The rough that is present in the course was thick enough to grab your club. No rough was so thick that you couldn't find your ball but the natural landscape of the land (i.e. canyons and valleys) are far more penal.
Bunkers: Amazingly I was only in one bunker and it played fine. The sand at this course is more dirt-like sand than Augusta-like pearl white beach sand, but there was enough of it present in each bunker that you could shape shots.
Greens: The highlight of the course (as the Sterling Hills motto correctly suggested). They weren't pristine, but for the price they are very good. They rolled well, at a medium pace, and rarely had any damage. The greens here are also not insanely difficult which is a plus for a first-time player.
ETC: Carts here are bare bones (no GPS). Clubhouse has all you need and the grill offered good food (the tee-time price even came with free lunch item). Owner was present and I was informed his daughter works there too; both seemed very busy and spent time saying hello to most folks. Price seems fair for what you are getting. Pace today as expected on a holiday was a long 5+ hours and started about 20 minutes late due to GolfNow allowing pre-dawn tee time bookings. Recommended as a cheap option for those close by.» Close
Played here yesterday (8/23) with my buddy JP as my first round as a now resident of Ventura County. Hadn't played Rustic in nearly a decade and it wa... » More
Played here yesterday (8/23) with my buddy JP as my first round as a now resident of Ventura County. Hadn't played Rustic in nearly a decade and it was just as I remembered it. Conditions today were better than I expected given the last review and not knowing what I was walking into after so many years. Staff, facilities, course all were great and made for an enjoyable day.
Tee boxes: Nothing out of the ordinary here, a few boxes a bit chewed up but never had any issues finding somewhere to place to tee in the ground. A few boxes could have stood to be more level, however nothing that prevented you from getting solid footing for your drive.
Fairways: Good shape. As a links course, it's important that they have roll and they did today. Lies seemed to be fair and people did a good job of filling their divots.
Rough: Not much rough to speak of as the native areas are far more prevalent, but what is around is sticky and some of the grasses would literally take your ball and make it disappear.
Bunkers: I don't think I was in one amazingly, but the sand here is not the pearly white stuff you traditionally see and if you aren't used to the more native-area sand, it can really mess with your shot shaping.
Greens: As the last review alluded to, yes they have been worked on but it really didn't have THAT much of an effect on putting on this day at least. The greens are so big and so undulated that I don't remember a single putt that skipped or deviated from its intended destination. I would go so far as to say they were the highlight of the round between the insane breaks and the roll speed.
ETC: Pace today on a 9AM tee time was a shade over 4 hours with some minor waiting on the group in front. Staff was good, and facilities seemed good as well. Cart attendant came around 3-4 times and there seemed to be water jugs peppered throughout the course. Layout here is so much fun and it's amazing to play links-style golf. For the price, it's worth a visit.» Close
Played here today (7/21) with fellow GK member Jon P. on a 10:12 tee time. Rates here were a little more than I would normally pay but thankfully I ha... » More
Played here today (7/21) with fellow GK member Jon P. on a 10:12 tee time. Rates here were a little more than I would normally pay but thankfully I had a gift card from a previous scramble win that made it easier to swallow. Conditions today were just as described in Alex’s last review and perhaps a tad better even. I was very impressed how well the course has held up in this heatwave. It’s always a pleasure to make the drive out The Crossings!
Tee boxes: Perhaps the weakest part of the course and even then they weren’t terrible. I’m sure the white boxes we played today get plenty of play but a few could use some leveling. People seemed to do a good job to fill divots on the devilishly short par 3 holes.
Fairways: Excellent shape; green that popped against blue skies, more than fair roll thanks to drier than normal conditions (in weather), and rarely a bad lie all day.
Rough: Where present it was mildly penal. The ESA is far more detrimental but the rough did keep you humble at times, especially in the back 9.
Bunkers: Was only in one today but it was in really good shape with pearl white sand and enough sand to allow for sand saves.
Greens: The highlight of the round. Even though they were a bit slow and spongy, they rolled well and held shots with a fair amount of spin and stoppage. Visually they were great and it added to the enjoyment and playability.
ETC: Staff was great like always. Saw the smiley and thoughtful cart attendant both on the front and back. Food at the turn was just okay but service with a smile goes a long way. Carts have good GPS but I wish it would show carts on map as there are numerous blind spots. Course layout is always a blast here and can be played ten different ways. Pace today was a surprising 4.75 hours with waiting but never much beyond hole 8. If you can find a good deal, now is the time to play Crossings!» Close
Played here yesterday (7/10) with GK member Nat and his two friends Bert and Jason on a previously purchased GN tee time for 1pm. Riverwalk holds a sp... » More
Played here yesterday (7/10) with GK member Nat and his two friends Bert and Jason on a previously purchased GN tee time for 1pm. Riverwalk holds a special place in my heart as it was the home course for the high school golf team that I could never make and for the previously nice conditions and proximity to my residence, however it has slowly slipped into half oblivion and half potential residential property. The conditions here are nowhere near what they once were and although the prices here are always fair, soon even that may not save Riverwalk.
Tee boxes: Decent shape as we played the blues today for some extra challenge. Ground was fairly even and consistency of turf varied from rock hard to melted butter. Overall there were no major issues as just moving a few inches presented new turf conditions.
Fairways: Varied from total GUR to decent lie depending on the hole. I distinctly remember hole 1 on Presidio having about 50% of the hole be ground under repair and the turf that wasn't all that great. Other holes like 6 on Mission being much better. It really depended on what hole but overall mediocre.
Rough: Penal at times, though it varied as much as the fairways. Some areas had stagnant water and we nearly ran our cart straight into it. Other rough areas were fairly deadpan. The penal rough was challenging to lift the ball from, the dead areas didn't offer much in the way of clean shot-shaping.
Sand: I was in only one bunker today but it had decent sand to hit from; more dirt-like sand than beach sand, but my litmus test has always been if I can get out and try for a sand save, then it can't be that bad of condition. Sand was raked in most cases.
Greens: The highlight of the round and it saved the day. Good and fair roll and rarely an unfixed divot. Burnout spots here and there and some greens were clearly better conditioned than others but never found one unplayable.
ETC: Service was friendly though the cart attendant probably had a bad day. Got out in time and made it around in a little less than 4 hours so I will take that any day on a course like this. Carts were serviceable but our GPS didn't work and our cooler had been taken off the cart. Know for a fact the food here (in the clubhouse) is actually quite tasty but the "grill" at the turn has been flip-flopping between a trailer near the driving range and the window near the cart return and it still isn't very clear. Again, for a price less than $35 it is still more than playable, but at this rate either Riverwalk in its totality will probably close and become condos (that WILL flood mind you) or the course will simply fall into disrepair in the vain of Cottonwood before they re-did things.» Close
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