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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 today (6/9/18) with fellow GK member Bill visiting from Michigan on a TeeOff.com discounted tee time (8am) for roughly $55. I normally don... » More
Played here today (6/9/18) with fellow GK member Bill visiting from Michigan on a TeeOff.com discounted tee time (8am) for roughly $55. I normally don't announce the green fee but I felt that for a prime time Sunday morning tee time, the price was more than fair. Today was a story of bad play but great greens. Overall, it was an enjoyable time with good playing partners and warm weather.
Tee boxes: Probably the worst part of the course today; only mediocre condition. Tee boxes varied from rock hard turf to melted butter when driving in the tee. Blue tees were more than chewed up and some of the marker placements were just unfair.
Fairways: Good condition overall. They offered more than adequate turf conditions, visually pleasing to the eye, and a fair amount of roll. A few divots but those are from people stupidly not filling them.
Rough: Not overly penal, though what was really killer as always is the ESA. It's prevalent and it bites back on bad shots.
Bunkers: Was only in one today and it was in good shape. More beach sand than pearl white grains, but enough sand present in order to try for sand saves. Sand condition was good.
Greens: The absolute highlight of the round. The greens were fabulous; a wonderful forest green area of fine carpet. Varied in size but all rolled true and slow all day. Some of the best played all year.
ETC: Carts lacked in GPS and ice in the coolers, which on a 92 degree day, they really needed. Cart girl (the same one as from my very first GK cup match nearly 7 years ago!) seemed to be overwhelmed going around the course and barely made eye contact as she asked "you guys good?." Check-in was good but there was a huge tournament today that caused us to tee off a bit delayed. Pace was still good at just under 4.5 hours but we waited on the entire front 9, with the back 9 speeding up. A good deal warrants a visit for those less than 30 mins away.» Close
Played here today (6/3) as part of a Balboa Park Men's Club outing on a cool and misty day with a scheduled 8:15, actual 8:30 AM shotgun start. This w... » More
Played here today (6/3) as part of a Balboa Park Men's Club outing on a cool and misty day with a scheduled 8:15, actual 8:30 AM shotgun start. This was only my second event with the club and the first outside the home course and it was an enjoyable time, even if one particular group member was a bit anal about everything. I had low expectations for the course and conditions, but was really surprised in just about every way. Even with abnormal San Diego weather, this was a good private track.
Tee boxes: This may have been one of the weaker features of the course today and saying that, they were still more than playable. Everyone today played the whites so that had something to do with it, but a few were uneven and a few were chewed up. Again, nothing that ruined the round, just something of note.
Fairways: Excellent condition. They popped with forest green color and they offered very generous lies. Today's weathers conditions did not allow any significant roll, but the natural contours of the landscape on any given day would really let good drives roll.
Rough: Thick and penal (and wet). It was not fun to hit out of and really made you prioritize good aim. Even more penal than the rough is the absurd amount of OB present all over the course. There wasn't one hole in which OB stakes didn't line the outer limits of the rough.
Bunkers: Great condition. The sand is more beach than Pebble, but the condition and consistence of the grains was ideal. I don't remember the amount of sand being a problem and every one was raked well.
Greens: The highlight of the course; some of the best conditioned greens I have played on in years, even comparable to the San Diego Country Club though slower. The morning dew played tricks with the speed all day, but the green complexes were still quick and tricky; not one straight putt all day.
ETC: Everyone at the course treated the Balboa club like members. Carts had good haul speed and good but sensitive breaks and no GPS sadly. Facilities were modest and what you would expect from a country club from the 1960's. Nice restroom facilities throughout the course. No cart attendant today, but a food stand at the halfway point and Balboa was nice enough to provide vouchers. If you get the chance to come out and can finagle a good price under $75, make the easy trip out.» Close
Played here 5/4 with fellow GK member Jon (jpeairs85) on a Golf Moose deal ($100 with free replay) and my GM $50 voucher. Weather was absolutely beaut... » More
Played here 5/4 with fellow GK member Jon (jpeairs85) on a Golf Moose deal ($100 with free replay) and my GM $50 voucher. Weather was absolutely beautiful with some slight wind at times. We had a 1:12pm tee time and finished in almost exactly 4 hours, thanks in part to a dreadfully slow foursome we ran into before the turn who let us pass after hole 12, otherwise it would have easily been a 5 hour round. Conditions were rather poor considering what the rack rate is so use a deal right now.
Tee boxes: Okay to good shape. Black-blue-white for males with blue tees getting most of the play today. I do distinctly remember hole 16 having rock hard ground that nearly snapped my tee when I tried to drive it into the ground. By the time we made our way through the course, the tee boxes were a bit chewed up. Ground seemed level.
Fairways: Probably the best part of the course; green and in good shape. Turf conditions weren't great, but they were good enough to allow for adequate roll (I'm sure the rain earlier in the week helped). No real divots I saw as members/guests filled them.
Rough: Thick in many areas. This course is riddled with OB/hazard areas that are equally tough, but the thick was indeed thick. Plenty of time I had to club up and take my medicine just to try and save bogey, which I promptly didn't do.
Sand: I thought the sand was possibly the worst of all aspects. Many greenside bunkers didn't have enough sand to be able to shape shots the way you're supposed to. More than a handful of them had pebbles and small rocks that are unacceptable.
Greens: In all fairness, I knew (thank you GK) that Legends had aerated almost three weeks ago so I knew it would be sandy all day, but they were about 70-80% healed and rolled well. Pin placements could have been better given how the greens were healing, but I guess you can't have it all.
ETC: Staff was very friendly, though this is to be expected at a place like this. Love the complimentary valet and I will always take it with the regular lot being a trek in. Cart was a mixed bag as the GPS never turned on, cooler had no ice, but battery lasted the whole round, good breaks, and turn radius. Layout here is fun but routing can get a bit confusing in spots. Recommend you wait another week or so and find a good deal.» Close
Played here yesterday (4/27) for the first time ever with some of my girlfriend's family on a very cool and overcast day with the first available twil... » More
Played here yesterday (4/27) for the first time ever with some of my girlfriend's family on a very cool and overcast day with the first available twilight tee-time (2pm). I had only ever passed by the property, but was lucky enough to get invited to play on this iconic and historic course on a very fair $89 rate. I didn't stay here but from the looks of it, this place is first-class all the way. The course itself was very interesting in the types of holes it has to offer, the layout and how it is worked into the natural Ojai landscape, as well as the staff and condition.
Tee-boxes: Nothing wrong with the tee-boxes other than they were a bit chewed up by the time we teed off. Most everyone was playing blues as even from the tips, this course is very short (with serious teeth). Ground was fairly level all day.
Fairways. Good to great condition. Visually pleasing to the eye, offered a fair amount of roll even with some mist all day, and the lies for shots were never bad.
Rough: The stickiest of the icky. Grabbed your club, swallowed up balls, and overall kept everyone humble all day long. Various type of natural long grass made for a difficult day for those not in the fairway today.
Bunkers: Was in more than a few today and conditions were good, not great. This sand is more the brown dirt style than the August pearl white stuff you'd like to have. I wish the bunkers had more sand in them, but most of the bad shots today were all on me.
Greens: Very good condition. Started off slow and finished closer to the medium-fast level. They were running smooth, even as visually they left something to be desired aesthetically. The breaks were wicked at times and these greens for the most part are tiny (especially in the front). Didn't hold shots well at all but putted true.
ETC: Wonderful carts with Shark Experience integrated and good color GPS. Pace today was just under 4.5 hours but felt very slow at times with a single we had to let pass after hole 3 (even as we waited for him between us and the group ahead who refused to let him pass) and other groups on the back 9 that popped out of nowhere. Routing can get a bit confusing but the property is so beautiful, you almost don't mind. Carts equipped with coolers, ice, and water. Fruit and ice stations at least 2 that I saw. Cart attendant came around at least 3 times; food was very good. Parts of the course felt completely isolated and the front plays very different than the back. Highly recommended!» Close
Played here alongside fellow GK members Jim (ratpatrol), Tim (rudyclub), and Brady on what turned out to be a perfect day weather-wise after some morn... » More
Played here alongside fellow GK members Jim (ratpatrol), Tim (rudyclub), and Brady on what turned out to be a perfect day weather-wise after some morning showers. We used an UnderPar deal that turned out to be extra beneficial with some bounce back certificates on top of a good rate. This is my fifth time playing here and I enjoy it more and more each time. Amazingly enough, I believe that I played my best round of all previous times yesterday and the course was in really good shape. I won't add much to weber's review as it still applies in large part, but suffice to say if you can afford to get out, you should!
Tee boxes: There were a few uneven lies on certain holes and we were playing the whites, I can imagine blues must have been worse since they got more play today.
Fairways: Still offering good lies and a fair amount of run. I know aesthetics are overrated, but how can you complain about having lime green fairways out there.
Rough: Even shortened since the KIA, the thick stuff was grabby and penal. I don't remember ever having a ball disappear in it, but it easily could have.
Bunkers: Was in three today and they were all exceptional. When I make good sand shots, the sand is perfect.
Greens: A bit disappointing in that there is always a group of greens that are sanded (which is the way they do it). Even those ran okay, but there were a few shots I know were affected by this on approach.
ETC: Staff is always first-class. Carts are equipped with excellent color GPS, ice and water in the chests, and plenty of juice to get around the course. Starters here seem better than just about anywhere else sans perhaps Troon properties. Clubhouse and facilities about what you would expect for a place that hosts an LPGA tournament; even things like lotion, sunscreen, hair gel, and everything you'd expect at a hotel present in the locker room. The layout here is fantastic and don't let the yardage fool you, this place has teeth. Highly recommend on a good deal.» Close
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