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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
Callaway Rogue driver (10.5 degrees)
Callaway XR 16 3 wood
Callaway Rogue irons
Odyssey O-Works Black Marxman putter
Titleist Pro V-1 balls
Last Updated: January 22, 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 in the first of two groups out for the GK Final along with Matt P., Kevin V., and Robert B. on what started as a blistery but warmer day (10:38... » More
Played in the first of two groups out for the GK Final along with Matt P., Kevin V., and Robert B. on what started as a blistery but warmer day (10:38am original tee time). I won't go too crazy with the conditions as the previous two reviews do a fine job of describing them. Sterling is now the closest public course to my new home and I will say the layout suits my eye and the greens here (as advertised) are what keep golfers coming back. A bit of a different review this time for those unfamiliar.
Layout: A fair mix of holes, with plenty of length if that is what you desire. The par 3's can play long in the winds similar to what we had early today. Only one par 5 in the front as my playing partner mpisarski pointed out to me, but the lack of a second on the front is negated with longer par 4's. Doglegs of both directions and some holes are just grip it and rip it. No one hole is overly penal and there is even water present on a handful of holes; worth a try.
Customer Service: I have never been treated badly here and the fact Johnny held the final here must really speak to how much they appreciate GK. From what I hear the new owner has gone to great lengths to make sure the greens are always great here and has invested lots of money to try and slowly bring this course from near death not that long ago. Starter and cart attendant were friendly and I have yet to have an issue with anyone working here.
ETC: Even with houses all around, you never feel them come into play to the point it affects your game. I enjoy that this place is always a step above most municipal courses in just about every aspect. The prices here are never out of this world and there are enough discounts offered online (most include lunch) that you can tolerate conditions not being as nice as their next door neighbor Spanish Hills CC. Worth a visit.» Close
Played here yesterday (1.16.20) with the Gold Coast Golf Association for the annual Shamble tournament on a cool day with threat of rain that thankful... » More
Played here yesterday (1.16.20) with the Gold Coast Golf Association for the annual Shamble tournament on a cool day with threat of rain that thankfully didn't arrive during our round. This was my first time playing Buena and I had heard mixed things about it. For what it is, it's not a bad course; sure it's a muni-style course that can't even touch 6000 yards from the tips, but there is a good mix of holes and even some water comes into play more than once. Conditions today were pretty decent, especially the greens so on to more detail.
Tee boxes: Nothing major to report here. For the amount of play I'm certain this place gets, they were about average; no major damage or un-level turf. I have a suspicion most guys try and max out the yardage from black, but for this tournament and my review, I am speaking about the blue tee boxes.
Fairways: Perhaps not the prettiest visually, but I don't remember a bad lie all day. The ball doesn't necessarily sit up for you on perfect blades of grass, but the fairways also aren't minefields so you can drive with confidence knowing a good one will get rewarded fairly. I also felt that roll was more than adequate here today.
Rough: I can't distinctly remember it being overly penal, but perhaps that's because our team played well today. It does play like your average muni in that respect (much like Balboa) and can hide your ball, however the trees seem to play a much bigger factor than the length of rough does.
Sand: Was only in one bunker (that I actually had to hit out of) all day and it had more than enough fluffy sand, and it most have been in good shape as I managed a great shot out of there. They were fairly well raked in most cases, although I do remember seeing only one where the under-layer material (burlap-like) was making it's way through the sparse sand.
Greens: The highlight of the round for me. They seemed to be running at slower to medium speeds. I don't remember a single putt running well past the hole. Some tricky green complexes, especially on the par 3's! They held shots well and played fairly. A handful of the fringe/aprons around certain greens weren't as smooth, as my playing partner Charlie had two putts from just off the green pop up into the air.
ETC: Everything about this property is no frills. Carts basic with no GPS (though I understand why you don't need it here). Routing can be a bit tricky if not careful in this parkland-style course; follow the signs with caution as many holes seems to intersect. Staff was friendly and I did see the cart attendant and her helper once during the round; great customer service from them. Had our banquet after the round at the hall and again, very basic no frills building/amenities. Conditions are probably never country club here, but worth a visit if around and can land a deal for less than $50.» Close
Played here 12/28 with my partner's father on a visit to Northern Arizona. This was one of the only golf courses in the immediate area of his home so ... » More
Played here 12/28 with my partner's father on a visit to Northern Arizona. This was one of the only golf courses in the immediate area of his home so we took a chance on a 36 degree day and made a 9:30 tee-time (I believe the earliest they let people out is 9AM). We showed up at 9AM and were sent out right away so that allowed us to finish in less than 3.5 hours going at our own pace and letting a single pass us early on. This place gets A LOT of singles so if you visit, be prepared to let them through as they all play insanely fast, and anyone who knows or has played me knows I am Lee Treviño-quick out there. I wasn't sure what to expect knowing the cold weather, previous snow/rain days before, lack of real investment in the course, etc. and I was somewhat surprised to see it green out there and playable. This course will not blow you away and they are very casual/bare bones in some aspects but it may be worth a visit whether you are sixpez or not.
Tee boxes: Somewhat better than good. The grass here was cut fairly level and the ground was also level for the most part. I had no issues driving my tee into the turf even as the ground was a degree or two from frozen.
Fairways: Take a look at the photos; they had good color and decent coverage. The grass was cut short and roll was abundant as the surface was slick and quick. I don't remember too many bad lies, however it was winter and we did play lift, clean, replace on the areas where the water had abused the land.
Rough: Not overly penal, in fact I can't really remember having any issues with it. The natural land around the red steaks were far more penal, although even those weren't terrible and you could potentially hit out of them when needed as the banks were dry.
Bunkers: I rated them good but I actually wasn't in one all day amazingly. I don't recall seeing very many of them so I don't think they are a big factor out there. My playing partner was in one and he hit well out of it.
Greens: Good and quick to start with speeds minimizing as the sun and winds appeared towards the turn. The turf on the greens seemed good as roll was devoid of bumps or divots, however I am curious how they would play in good weather.
ETC: Staff was very friendly, from pro shop to snack bar. No starter, cart attendant, or marshal; as I mentioned this place is bare bones. Pace was insanely quick and could have been quicker, of course most of that is due to season and weather. Layout was good, however I am not a fan of holes where you are forced to lay up no matter what club you have in your bag or shot in your arsenal. A fair amount of water in play including my favorite #10. Views here are fantastic from the south as well as the red rocks to the north. This is not a destination course by any means and you are probably better off driving a bit further north to Sedona, but if you are around Cornville (yes that's really the name of the town), stop on by and check it out on a good deal.» Close
Played here yesterday (12/19) with the Gold Coast Golf Association of Ventura County. Johnny GK made a very special appearance and was recognized by t... » More
Played here yesterday (12/19) with the Gold Coast Golf Association of Ventura County. Johnny GK made a very special appearance and was recognized by the GCGA president Garth and may have been one of the most popular people out there as plenty of other players and few GK members said hello to him. It was a full field with two teams on every hole of this 10AM shotgun start on one of the most perfect days (weather-wise) I have ever seen in some time; almost no wind, a nice low to mid 60 degree temperature, and bright sunny skies. Shotgun ran well as it was nicely organized and players seemed to do a good job of keeping up (including our group) and pace was right around 4.75 hours with zero waiting. On to conditions...
Tee boxes: Perhaps the weakest feature today, and that's not a detrimental knock on Sandpiper as everything today was well above average. However, knowing that, a handful of tee boxes were not level and a bit chewed up. This very well may have been that it was a shotgun start with most everyone playing the silver today at some point.
Fairways: Cut tight and offering a fair amount of roll. Didn't end up in any divots so people were doing a good job of filling them. Had great lies all day to mess up my shots and the fairways today were particularly sparking and visually pleasing.
Rough: In some areas, the nasty fescue grasses were punishing (I believe 16 was one where we spent some time looking for TWO lost balls in the group). The more traditional rough was still quite penal at times, not insanely long, but I am certain it humbled quite a few people today.
Bunkers: Was only in one bunker today (amazingly) and it had ample sand, that was closer to beach sand than the stuff you see on the Tour. One member in our group was practically living in the stuff and he had no issues getting out, so I use that to gauge conditions and consistency. Rakes were lacking at times.
Greens: The highlight of the round. Everyone at warm-up was chit chatting about them and saying "quick as glass", "crazy breaks". I must not have listened as I had 40 putts today, including a comical adventure on #11 where the pin was placed in one of the most ridiculous placements I have ever seen. Suffice to say it wasn't the only crazy pin placement today; it was truly bordering on unfair with the speeds of those greens. Quick greens are one thing, but pin placements where you tap the ball and it run 60 feet past is just silly. I know some guys are glutton for punishment but not a 14 handicap like me.
ETC: The staff out here was great. Welcomed at the parking lot and clubs carried to my cart. Well organized outing due in part because the staff worked hard to get everything right. Cart attendant came around a handful of times during the round. Stopped at grill during the turn, however they were quite backed up. Still managed to get some small items; fairly priced for the area. Carts were basic with no cooler or GPS. Facilities on the course could use some TLC, but functional. Layout is fantastic with the ocean holes rivaling Torrey in terms of panoramic views. Amazing rate today of $89 for a wonderful course. Conditions are great if you can make it out!» Close
Played here with the fellow Gurus; Gary, Jim, and Johnny in a great day for golf. Having played Riverwalk close to 20 times, I knew what to expect and... » More
Played here with the fellow Gurus; Gary, Jim, and Johnny in a great day for golf. Having played Riverwalk close to 20 times, I knew what to expect and I must say they are certainly making some improvements to what is now their 18 routing of Mission-Presidio. A wonderful time today even if my game was M.I.A.
Tee boxes: Okay condition on most of the blue tee boxes. The course itself was still quite wet in most areas and the tee boxes were no expectation. On more than a few holes, the markers had been bunched together and moved to an extreme side of the box, so we had to place them where we thought they should go.
Fairways: A marked improvement from my last time here. As Johnny indicated to us, they are over seeding for the first time in years and making a transition in grasses (to rye I believe) so the course isn’t quite where it wants to be, but hone are the days it was nothing but dirt. As Gary mentioned in his accurate review, a few arreas roped off (1 and 3 on Mission, as well as Presidio. Fair roll otherwise and good lies on the over seeded parts.
Rough: Varied, but some areas had some seriously sticky and thick rough. Humbling length on missed or errant drives. The reeds on the river have been trimmed and more than a few of the overgrown brush and trees trimmed.
Sand: Good condition though the bunkers on Mission 2 were Augusta National-white, the rest were beach sand brown; very odd.
Greens: The highlight for me; ran both quick and slow depending on the time of day and green complex. Loved the surface and some of the breaks were mighty tricky to read.
ETC: Carts are basic with basic color GPS. Saw the cart attendant a few times. Staff at pro shop were nice. Didn’t use the range but offers what you need. Layout is fun but not overly challenging. Conditions impressed me for what I expected so will visit again when I’m home!» Close
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