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3.6
426 Reviews (426)
5 Stars
106
4 Stars
127
3 Stars
83
2 Stars
46
1 Stars
64
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.6
Layout
3.6
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
68.0%
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293 out of 426 reviews
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3.9
15 Reviews (15)
5 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
3.8
Layout
3.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
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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.

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

3.6
426 Reviews (426)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 29
Narrow Fairways 15
Forced Carries 11
This course/club is great for:
Locals 19
Beginners 16
Junior Golfers 11
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 18

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Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 42
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Fun course

We really enjoyed playing Goat Hill. Do not order om Golf now as we paid more than if we’d hadn’t gone die to with them.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
2.0
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Sheep hill

If you like the circus it's a great course. It's overpriced and just not that cool. For the money you can play way better courses

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough layout

This is a pretty course but difficult to follow. Tees were not marked as to which flag to hit toward. Tight fairways and construction going on.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Confusing course

The course is evidently undergoing changes as the dirt trucks were going up and down the cart paths. It was a very confusing layout. Tee boxes were not marked and it was a mystery as to the direction of the flag. It's a very hilly course . Staff was courteous snd greens were in exc e llent condition.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Goat Hill

Excellent golf course, will definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun Course!

Great short course. Played on a nice spring day, very green with all the rain and wildflowers all over the place. Only gripe is the temp green on the front 9, think it's hole 6 or 7 maybe. The green is tiny and not well maintained. Other than that great course, will be back.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Advanced
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 Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Have ruined a great experience by over prizing

Management needs sensitive training don’t have life experience to run a public course and deal with situations on case by case basis not happy about my situation at my age not good wait till you get to my age you made me feel worthless

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Such a great little course with loads of character. The greens were rolling fast and true, more challenging than you’d first expect. Everything about this place is what munis should aspire to. Pretty funny to see all the negative reviews are just people whining about carts or something totally unrelated to the course. Definitely better than it’s current 3.5 star rating would suggest

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Goat

I wish I could write a review that was worthy of this place…. You simply have to go as it’s too good to describe

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Goat Hill

It’s a really fun course. Greens are really good. That’s there draw to play here. Pretty rough around the edges but lots are fun.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

It’s called Goat Hill for a reason

Lots of elevation changes mean it’s likely cart golf for most people, but a fun course to play. Not long but you’ll likely score worse here than at your home course. The elevation changes on every hole challenge club selection and the greens were rolling about 12 when we played with lots of undulations. A nice vibe to the course though with lots of people bringing their dogs along.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The name says it all

The staff is great! The course is not. We quit after 15 holes due to pace. Not women friendly at all. If you are desperate, then book a time and have low expectations.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Pace Poor
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