Goat Hill Park

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3.7
173
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
36
2 Stars
27
1 Stars
41
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.2
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.2
80.1%
Recommend this course
111 out of 172 reviews
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3.7
12
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.0
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.0
75.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 12 reviews
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3.8
23
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
3.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.3%
Recommend this course
18 out of 23 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 65
Length 4454
Slope 140
Rating 66.9
Type Public
Located in Oceanside, Goat Hill Park originally opened in 1952 as a nine-hole course called Center City Golf Course. It was the first golf course in San Diego County and in the 1980s was designated as protected public land that cannot be developed without a public vote. The course was redesigned in the 1990s into an 18-hole short course and soon became known by locals as "Goat Hill." The course was threatened by development in 2014 but the local community fought the plans at city hall and a new management team led by local residents John Ashworth, David Emerick and Geoff Cunningham assumed management of the golf course. Using volunteer corps of tradesman and citizens along with dedicated staff, they renovated and revitalized Goat Hill to its current state. The course features one par 5 on its par-65 layout and features long views from its perch on a hill. It also has a full driving range, pro shop as well as disc golf interwoven into the layout.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 65 4454 yards 66.9 140
White 65 4139 yards 65.4 139
White (W) 65 4139 yards 67.5 138
Green 65 3815 yards 64.3 132
Green (W) 65 3815 yards 66.5 130
Scorecard for Goat Hill Park
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 66.9/140 290 177 289 328 139 158 147 328 122 1978 305 161 318 175 253 450 346 168 300 2476 4454
White M: 65.4/139 W: 67.5/138 274 161 289 299 134 148 140 302 109 1856 279 147 308 167 218 425 319 132 288 2283 4139
Green M: 64.3/132 W: 66.5/130 261 146 252 279 118 138 113 254 97 1658 256 126 295 157 213 382 306 115 266 2116 3774
Handicap 14 2 6 12 8 4 10 16 18 11 1 5 7 15 9 3 13 17
Par 4 3 4 4 3 3 3 4 3 31 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 34 65

Course Details

Year Built 1952
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $10 - $14
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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Reviews

3.7
173

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 27
Narrow Fairways 13
Forced Carries 10
This course/club is great for:
Locals 17
Beginners 15
Junior Golfers 9
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 16

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

sohngolf

I am visiting from Chicago and had read about their story. They have done amazing things with this property and conditioning. The staff was very accommodating in every sense. The course is quirky compared to any other golf I have played but that's part of the charm. The "vibe" is laid back and all about golf. I will spread the word to my friends in Chicago to play here when they visit.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 11/13/2018

Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions and our excellent staff. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Goat

We made this resevation last minute on a last minute weekend getawa to Oceanside. I researched this course and after reading about the history here, it was a no brainer for the price.

The course was in decent condition. the greens were a little long and rough, but had recently been punched.

Overall we had a great day and we will definitely be back on our next trip to Oceanside.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 11/05/2018

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding the value of our course. Thank you for taking the time to make the long drive to come see us!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

First t6ime on this course. It was great for target practice. Enjoyed it for the price and pace of play..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Response from Goat Hill Park on 09/18/2018:
Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding the value of our course. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It’s the Goat

Played this course many times, and today’s round was as enjoyable as ever. Ashworth has this course in the best shape since I first played it in 2001. Challenging, great greens, and my shoes are always dusty; but what else would you expect? After all, it’s the Goat!!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 07/23/2018

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we are so glad you had such an enjoyable round of golf today at the Goat! Thank you for the great feedback and we hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

I liked, friend didn't like

Map driving directions bogus, off of Oceanside Blvd turn on Goat Hill Dr, not State Tree Dr

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Response from Goat Hill Park on 07/12/2018:
Hello, Joel. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Response from Goat Hill Park on 07/12/2018:
Hello. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Goat Hill Park on 07/11/2018:
Hello. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

A lot to like about the Goat

I'd heard a lot about the Goat and was eager to see it when in the Oceanside area. The atmosphere is awesome. About as welcoming to everyone as you could ask for. I wasn't expecting to see a full driving range as well as frisbee golf and a casual outdoor bar area. This place is a great hang.

The course is definitely a local's course and the first time around can be tricky with blind shots and steep slopes that can send balls flying. It's a tough walk (juniors who play here are going to grow strong legs) and we had a bit of a hard time navigating the course. I would play this course conservatively your first time around. Many of the holes are short par 4s but don't try and bang drivers all day or you'll suffer. While there is a lot of turf reduction off the fairways and the fairways can be spotty, the greens rolled quite nicely which is really all that matters,

I really like the concept of short, 18-hole courses that have more than par 3s. You will hit all the shots out here. If I lived in the area I'd play here all the time and I'd bet my game would be better for it. And if I took over a struggling muni, I'd try to set it up a lot like John Ashworth and the gang at Goat Hill.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Always fun at the GOAT

They were out of carts on this very busy day so I decided to do my first walk of the goat. Know I would have preferred to lighten my bag up as I wasn't expecting to walk so that took a little out of me, but overall fun and nice to get the exercise.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Goat Hill Park on 06/15/2018:
Hello. Thank you for your 5-star rating! We're glad you had a great time despite the not having a cart. Please book another round with us soon.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

The 'dump' lives up to it's name.

The staff has no clue of what they are doing. taking reservations w/o golf carts available, not allowing players to walk, terrible pace, allowing 5 players, etc., etc.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Response from Goat Hill Park on 06/15/2018:
Hello, George. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Response from Goat Hill Park on 06/29/2018:
Hello. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Goat Hill Park on 06/05/2018:
Hello. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Goat Hill Park on 05/04/2018:
Thank you for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from Goat Hill Park on 04/30/2018:
We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We're glad you enjoyed the course, and we hope you join us for another round soon.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather

Great little course

Played the Goat twice last week for the first time. I had heard a lot of great things about the course and decided it was about time I made my way to Oceanside. I am really glad I finally made my way up there from Cardiff. First impression walking up to the clubhouse is it is the anti-private club. Laid back, reggae music playing, and super friendly staff and players.....as they say, it is blue collar golf. The course is just about the hilliest course I have ever played. The greens are great and the fairways and collars are well manicured. Not sure why some reviews reference the poor condition of the course, I found it to be in pretty darn good shape. That being said, if you hit a bad shot it will be penalized. However, unlike most short courses, you'll hit every club in your bag and will no doubt be challenged. It's a shot makers course so bring your A game.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Goat Hill Park on 04/27/2018:
Hello Mike. Thank you so much for such a great review. We're glad you finally made it to the course as well. We hope you won't wait too long before returning. Thanks for choosing Goat Hill.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

it's a fun track, the greens are perfect! suggest you play preferred lies in the fairways

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Response from Goat Hill Park on 03/10/2018:
We are glad you enjoyed the course. We hope you can come back and have another fun round soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Has some challenges.

First time playing this course, heard good and bad about it but we had a great time, challenging and a fun course to play. I recommend it to everyone looking for a nice afternoon of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Goat Hill Park on 03/10/2018:
Hello, Dave. We are glad to hear you found the course to be an enjoyable challenge. See you next time!
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun 3 hour course

Very fun laid back course that is between an executive and a normal course. Think everyone in southern California should golf it at least once.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Response from Goat Hill Park on 03/10/2018:
Hello, Stephen. Thanks for the great review. We love positive feedback. Come again soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

only goats would enjoy this

One of my least favorite courses in over 50 years of playing golf. Forced carries over ravines with greens perched on the side of hills where missing short or to one side will result in a run off 40 yards down a ravine. Then many of the greens have a severe slope to them toward the ravines.There are several blind tee shots where you are surprised by a ravine run off.

If there is any golf course that should be sold for development, this is the one!!!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Response from @GoatHillPark on 01/24/2018:
Hi, Buddy. Thank you for taking the time to review the course. We understand your frustrations and are looking to see what we can do to improve. The way you have provided your feedback does not offer us any room to grow or change. Making comments that cut down the course are not helpful to us or any golfers reading your review. We encourage you to update your review to fit a more constructive form so we can use your experience to make changes. Thanks for playing Goat Hill Park.
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Goat hill Review

Very challenging course all because of its uphill and downhills topography

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from @GoatHillPark on 01/17/2018:
We love to see golfers taking the time to review us. Thanks for the 4-star feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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