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3.7
337 Reviews (337)
5 Stars
81
4 Stars
99
3 Stars
67
2 Stars
37
1 Stars
53
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
75.2%
Recommend this course
234 out of 337 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.1
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
82.4%
Recommend this course
28 out of 34 reviews
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3.9
64 Reviews (64)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.1%
Recommend this course
50 out of 64 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
337 Reviews (337)

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 2
3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
1.0
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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
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
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 6
3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

The hidden gem!

First time golfing here…I suggest you check the lay of the land before you start your round. Course is fun, challenging and the greens are pristine. We had a great time and will most definitely will return. Side note, staff is amazing!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Favorite Vacation Course

My son's and I have been playing The Goat for 7 years. We travel there each November. We have seen this place change each year from rough greens and no fairways to a beautiful, fun, challenging short course.
The staff has always been great.
Pace of play has always been good.
We love it there and look forward to years of rounds to come. Keep up the great work Goat Herd.

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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great day at the Goat!

I was surprised by all the new upgrades and the green fairways. Very fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Goat hill

Goat hill is a great, fun, mid length course that has reachable par 4s. Interesting layout with a lot of elevation change which keeps it interesting from start to finish. Par is 64 and is always a good time with a great atmosphere with great folks, great food, great pro shop/ range/putting greens. Everything.. it’s always a pleasure coming down to play. Thanks GOAT !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Improved

Had not played here for about 5 or more years.
I heard good things about it.
So, I wanted to try it again.
I love all the changes made and being made.
Good job staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Goat hill

You can’t just play this course once. You need a few rounds to see where to hit shots. Fun course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun but weird

You will have fun playing this course. Some would consider it "goofy golf" because of some of the extreme terrain and blind shots. You definitely have some unconventional shots. Best to play with a local that has played it before. Only the most fit should attempt to walk. The greens were in very good shape but a bit shaggy elsewhere. There is not enough land for 18 holes but they shoehorned it in. Get used to "fore".

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 30
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

Fun day at goat hill as usual

Goat hill is a great course. It has everything a player could want. Nice range/practice area. Great course layout and conditions. Great Food. Friendly staff. Layer back, chilled out atmosphere. Even a caddy program which is great to see. Very friendly and informative starter. Always a plus. Starts things out on the right foot. Always a pleasure !.. 5 stars all the way ! Thanks Goat Hill !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Love Goat

Fun time to work on iron play. Holes play longer than distance due to wind and hilly terrain.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

If you don’t drive far start from a good grass layout and continue.

I am 86 and have lost distance on putting. - suggest hitting from first grass arraign par 4 and 5 great scoring are to be made- you must hit straight.

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