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3.7
357 Reviews (357)
5 Stars
85
4 Stars
107
3 Stars
73
2 Stars
38
1 Stars
54
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
74.5%
Recommend this course
248 out of 357 reviews
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3.5
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.3
Layout
3.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.1
60.0%
Recommend this course
15 out of 25 reviews
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3.9
60 Reviews (60)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.3%
Recommend this course
47 out of 60 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 - $16
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.

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Available Sports

Disc Golf

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2015 #5)

Reviews

3.7
357 Reviews (357)

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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Reviews 19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golf as it was meant to be played

An excellent, straightforward layout. Everything is right in front of you and there is no pretence Pace of play is excellent, no nonsense.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

The good, the bad, the ugly

Good: Super chill course, dog friendly, great practice area, ocean views, affordable prices. Surprisingly challenging with all the hills.

Bad: Most cart paths are dirt, shared flags with cramped space, confusing hole arrangements.

Ugly: Course is shared with disc golf. It’s outdated, only 1 par 5. Total par is 65, should be advertised as an executive course. No grill = no food.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
3.0
Previously Played

Very overpriced

Can’t believe this place is charging over $60 for a round. Such a bummer!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 34
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 32
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disheartening

I’ve played the Goat for years. It’s always under some form of construction, which has its drawbacks. The rates to play are now $60 with a cart for 18. I feel this quite expensive for what you get. It used to be an inexpensive alternative to other courses in the area, but this is no longer the case. Sad to see the rates climb so disproportionately to the value you get.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Couldn’t Play

My friend became ill on 3rd hole and we had to abort. Had been looking forward to playing..

Played On
Reviews 4
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course

Staff real friendly. Course could use a little makeup. They could use a Marshall on the course

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Don't waste your time or money here

The course is in very poor condition and the layout is confusing along with questionable signage between holes. The tee boxes, fairways and greens could use regular watering. The tee boxes are so hard it's difficult to place a tee in the ground. At one point I hammered a tee in with my driver.
The only positive thing was fast play because there was no one ahead of us.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Fun round

The Goat is always a fun and challenging course. Had a blast and excited to see the work they are putting in. Hoping they will get to the tee boxes soon, and get them as nice as the greens. On some holes it was too hard to even get a tee into. Had to stab around a bit until you found a semi soft patch.

Pace of play was great, and the weather was gorgeous. Looking forward to coming back again

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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