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3.7
183 Reviews (183)
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
41
3 Stars
37
2 Stars
29
1 Stars
42
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.0
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.1
74.2%
Recommend this course
117 out of 183 reviews
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3.8
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
4.6
66.7%
Recommend this course
8 out of 12 reviews
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3.7
23 Reviews (23)
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Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
3.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
69.6%
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16 out of 23 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Executive
Par 65
Length 4454 yards
Slope 140
Rating 66.9

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
Blue M: 63.9/101 W: 65.1/104 290 177 289 328 139 158 147 328 122 1978 305 161 318 175 253 450 346 168 300 2476 4454
White M: 62.1/97 W: 63.5/100 274 161 289 299 134 148 140 302 109 1856 279 147 308 167 218 425 319 132 288 2283 4139
Red M: 60.1/92 W: 61.6/95 261 146 252 279 118 138 113 254 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
183 Reviews (183)

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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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
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Great Greens/ The rest......not so much

The greens were in great shape and it had it's unique challenges for an older course.......and that's the only good thing I can say about the course. The fairways are in rough shape, a lot of overgrowth on the course, I was 1st out this morning and played the first 4 holes without any flags. I knew going in it wasn't a 5 star track, but it was rough and would not go back.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Friendly staff, New carts, nice greens.

The good news was the friendly greeting, the excelllent new carts and the greens are in great condition. In addition we tee'd off on time and had no hold-ups, indeed finished in around 3 hours.
But the course is a ball loser. As not a big hitter, we lost several balls in the canyons between tees and greens on several holes. Fairways are good in places but the hilly terrain means there are lots of sand gaps.
It was an "experience", but we wouldn't make the 80-mile roundtrip from Newport Beach again....

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 2019-04-02T20:44:48.000+00:00

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We appreciate you pointing out any pace of play issues at the course, we will definitely look into this further. Thank you for coming out and we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great day of golf at Goat Hill

A great course to play to fine tune your golf. Okay to walk, but better to take a cart. Course conditions are great right now with all the rain during the past few weeks. The greens are great & a very fun course to play, especially if your friends are joining you.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2019-03-22T19:48:28.000+00:00

Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions, especially after the weather we have received. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun, casual golf

Holes are all fun to play. Some very difficult holes, and very tricky greens.
Hard to shoot a score , but lots of good short game practice.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented On 2019-03-15T21:23:23.000+00:00

We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back!

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Short, Challenging, and Super Fun

Goat hill was a blast! The weather was perfect and the way this course challenges your off the tee makes for a fun time. The fairways are har to hit and the green are hard to hole but to me that is what makes this course so much fun. I like a challenge course as long as it is playable, i missed many fairways and greens but never lost a single balls. I will definitely be back!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2019-03-12T18:33:34.000+00:00

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.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun, yet challenging

Greens were nice. A bit slow. Love the brand new golf carts. I can tell the course gets better and better every time I go there.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 2019-01-15T18:35:32.000+00:00

Thank you for the awesome review! We appreciate the feedback and compliments regarding Goat Hill. Please come back and see us again soon.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Golf at Goat hill

We played today will never be back. Course was in very poor shape, just aerated and huge lumps everywhere. Poor signage between holes, could be better arranged for new customers. Paths were rough and all need upgrading. Up and down hills so not good for anyone with mobility issues. Only good part were the greens and the staff very friendly. Sorry can’t see us going back

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented On 2019-01-15T18:36:08.000+00:00

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.

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Scoring practice

With ocean views, trade winds and small tilted greens the GOAT is all you want for your practice sessions.... walk this gem in a couple hours and enjoy the day!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2019-02-20T20:30:18.000+00:00

Thank you for the 5-Star review!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Beware: False advertising

Great, fun, tough little course. Challenging. Beat us up so bad, had to try to come back for more. Golf cart died a little over halfway thru the round so course comped us with a BOGUS CARD. It stated: "WISHBONE 2 FOR 1 SPECIAL. THIS CARD IS REDEEMABLE FOR ONE GREEN FEE PLUS CART FOR TWO PLAYERS AT THE PRICE OF 1 PUBLIC RATE. VALID MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY + AFTER TWILIGHT ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS." Since we are "Seniors" the man on the phone booked us for only $18 (for 1 green fee). Good rate, only, when we got to the course, they wouldn't honor this and wanted to charge us OVER TWICE AS MUCH: $42 (apparently for 1 "public rate" green fee and 1 cart fee). The wording on the card is incorrect and VERY misleading. The card they pass out appears to just be a way to scam more money out of clients or they wouldn't have booked it in the first place. My opinion? They should've just supplied us with a free round for not giving us a fully charged cart. The people at the counter in the proshop were nice but acted as if "their hands were tied" and they couldn't do anything about it. At the so-called "discounted rate of $42 (EACH), this course is nowhere near being worth anything of value. I would DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMEND THIS COURSE TO ANYONE!

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
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 2018-11-13T01:15:45.000+00:00

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 2018-11-05T15:51:36.000+00:00

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 2018-07-23T19:26:36.000+00:00

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.
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