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3.6
196 Reviews (196)
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
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3 Stars
39
2 Stars
31
1 Stars
43
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.1
71.0%
Recommend this course
126 out of 196 reviews
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3.7
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
2
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2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.2
Layout
3.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
71.4%
Recommend this course
10 out of 14 reviews
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3.7
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
6
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3
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4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.0
Layout
3.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
68.0%
Recommend this course
17 out of 25 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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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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3.6
196 Reviews (196)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 28
Narrow Fairways 14
Forced Carries 11
This course/club is great for:
Locals 18
Beginners 15
Junior Golfers 10
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 17

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Magical

I feel like iced played every public course in SD since moving out here 3 years ago. Everyone I met who played Goats Hill Park raved about ease of play and how nice/interesting the course was.- boy were they right.

I enjoy walking and made a mistake, I ended up waking 4.8 miles and climbed 39 stories. Thank god I played early in the day.

Over all it’s a magical place and I can’t wqit to return with my dog and buddies for a good time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/07/2019

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, Tom! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Goat Hill Park thanks you!

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Why?

For the life of me I can not understand why you would re-do a lousy layout. It was right there. They had the money, the tractors, the time and they remade the same stupid layout with the same lame design. WHY did you not level out all the lousy fairways? In my opinion this was a HUGE missed opportunity to really do something special to an old local course. Not change it, but improve it. It can still be done IF they want to do it.

Conditions Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Exactly what golf needs more of

Quirk has been almost entirely scrubbed out of modern golf design. Weird holes and unusual bounces are often avoided, even by the heralded "classic"-inspired designs.

Goat Hill, for its part, has some truly strange and unusual holes, and is all the richer for it. The quirky nature of the course is a perfect match for the surfer-laid-back hey-it's-all-good-man attitude of the staff and most of the clientele, The terrain necessitates the existence of some truly stunning high-to-high par threes, which mix in with short par fours and firm turf. The farthest thing possible from a sterile "championship"-style course, Goat Hill is chicken soup for the golfer's soul.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 09/12/2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take customer feedback very serious at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind. Thank you for playing Goat Hill Park. We hope you give us another try in the near future.

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Another great day

Been playing The Goat for 30 years. I love coming here now, and seeing all the changes from week to week. I love everything about this place.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/15/2019

Hi, Kyle. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Goat Hill Park.

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Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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Commented on 08/15/2019

Hello, jhargis2019. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Seems like it’s getting lots of TLC now and greens are great.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/15/2019

Hi, Peter. 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 at Goat Hill Park!

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Glad I Made the Trek

Brought the persimmons out for an early morning tee time and enjoyed a 2.5 hour stroll around a rolling, hilly terrain. Even at 5,000 yards he Goat definitely makes you think and challenges you.

But more than the golf is the vibe out there. Just a fun, chill place that you want to be out even if you are not playing. When I played the fairways were getting new sod and I can't wait to see how it all looks in a few months. I will definitely be back.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/15/2019

Hi! We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us and we are thrilled with how much you enjoyed your time here. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Goat Hill Park!

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Great layout, challenging, a lot of FUN!

The course was a blast! We had a great time. The course design is awesome. You are forced to make a ton of different shots. Every hole is different. Pace of play is great. Course is very affordable. The course is challenging at times, not the hardest and not the easiest. We had an amazing time playing this course. It is my new favorite course to play in Southern California for all the above reasons. Highly recommend!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/15/2019

Hi! 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 at Goat Hill Park!

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I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

SoCal laid back!

If you didn’t have fun here then the problem is you. You’re not at Pelican Hill or Torrey Pines. You’re at “The Goat” so lighten up. I called in advance to ask about the dress code and they said as long as I was wearing clothes, I was good to go! Music playing over loud speakers from the pro shop, guys on the driving range in bare feet hitting balls. I’ve been fortunate enough to play some pretty great places all over the world and I will always remember my round at “The Goat”. The ladies in the pro shop couldn’t have been nicer!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/15/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us! Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Goat Hill Park.

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Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Absolutely Awful!!

I’ve had the good fortune to play courses throughout the world. Without question, this was the worst course I’ve EVER played! TERRIBLE CONDITION - more dirt than grass! Bizarre routing! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 05/31/2019

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. We have projects ongoing to recovery the fairways and greens. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game. We hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 04/26/2019

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We appreciate your patience as the course has received a lot of rain this peak season. As the course continues to transition we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

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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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 04/02/2019

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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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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 03/22/2019

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 03/15/2019

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
Walked

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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 03/12/2019

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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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 01/15/2019

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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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 01/15/2019

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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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

The Goat

Love this crazy little course! It makes me a better golfer and the greens are pristine!
It’s not your average course, and it will eat you alive if you aren’t on your game.
Great stuff!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 06/21/2019

Hello, ksh2662. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Always satisfying

Intimidating but doable. Property continously improving. Overall casual relaxing environment, players cool people, staff are nice people.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/09/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Goat Hill Park. We hope to see you again in the future.

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