Goat Hill Park in Oceanside, California, USA | GolfPass
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3.7
370 Reviews (370)
5 Stars
88
4 Stars
112
3 Stars
77
2 Stars
38
1 Stars
55
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.7
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.6
73.5%
Recommend this course
257 out of 370 reviews
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3.7
31 Reviews (31)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.5
Layout
3.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.0
71.0%
Recommend this course
22 out of 31 reviews
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3.8
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.7
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
73.7%
Recommend this course
42 out of 57 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
370 Reviews (370)

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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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Sculpture in Progress

Lot's of clever, creative renovation going on here. The property is literally being sculpted into a course that will make Oceanside proud and golfers happy.

5 stars , not for what it is, but for what it is becoming.

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Commented on 02/02/2016

We are so excited to open up on Feb 5th, come out and see us! Thanks so much for anticipating this moment with us.

Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Goat in Oceanside

First time playing the Goat in my 24th year in SDC/OC. Better late than never!
Very challenging course,, esp the par-3’s, of which there are eight. Tough to pick the right club for the many extreme elevation changes , esp the par-3’s.
Amazingly good pace of play on a Thur morning, esp considering all the par-3’s.
Recommend trying it at least once, but take a cart to save your knees, legs & back!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Goats Hill

Pace was slow , no marshals or cart girl.
They let 5somes play i even saw a six some
We left after nine as it was to slow. Hard course
If your a higher handicapper . Very hilly
The staff was great .

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worst course I've Ever Played

Got a Gofnow "Hot Deal" for around $50. I feel like I got ripped off. This course is horrible. I could have played Emerald Isle for half the price and it's better than this 'cow pasture"

I played the front nine, but when I saw the #10 tee all backed up - I just left a wrote it off as a learning g experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Interesting layout, fun course

First time played this course after hearing good things about it. The layout was interesting, lots of up-n-downs. The course is doing things improving the green and rough around. Good value for the money.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Goat

If you play golf , you have to play Goat Hill.
Fun course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 37
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging Par 3's. Staff is aloof

Some good challenging par 3's and narrow par 4's that make you leave your driver in the bag. When I arrived to check in, the guy working there barely acknowledged me, kept his head down basically the whole time. Gave me a key and said here you go. That was it! Not really too engaged or friendly.. I was thinking about buying a shirt after the round and some young kid was barely interested in helping me. There was no "hi how are you?" kind of thing going on at this place. Almost like customer barely exists. That was my experience with the staff anyways.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 20
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 36
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
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