Tee'd it up this past Friday with my two sons around 12 or so. When you're playing with a 5 and 9 year old it can be a little "challenging", but we had a good time and got in 7 holes.
Right now the greens are about a week out from being punched and sanded and hadn't been mowed so they were slllloooowww, but that was expected. Greens recover pretty quick out there so I'd give it about a week and they should be running good.
Tees were also punched and sanded, but never had an issue with getting a good lie (i.e. I use a tee on the tees).
Overall the course is in pretty good shape. The tricky thing about this track is that when conditions get firm and dry it makes it tougher with all the hills. I found nothing but good lies in the fairways but did hit it a little sketchy on a couple holes and found some deep stuff.
The wind off the ocean was pretty good today so there are some holes that can get really tricky, so don't let the short yardage fool you. Typically first timers out here have a tough go of it because of the quirkiness of the track, but overall condition is really solid and I think after another week and a half it should be looking really good.
2. weber Posted: 04/04/16 12:49p Member Since: Dec 4, 2002 From: coto de caza
My first time at Goat Hill Park ! I was looking forward to playing here after all the hype recently given this course. Teed off early and had considerable fog, which is never good on a course you've... Continue »
My first time at Goat Hill Park ! I was looking forward to playing here after all the hype recently given this course. Teed off early and had considerable fog, which is never good on a course you've never played before. Additionally no flags in the greens until #4. Finally the fog cleared by #5 and had flags so got a chance to actually see the course. For those of you who have not played here, this is a very unusual track ! It is not for everyone and I can understand why many people would hate this place, but I have to admit I found it to have a certain charm. Playing from the "tips" there are a number of tough shots on this little course.
I have NEVER played on greens which were slower than these. In all fairness, I did not have any cut greens until the back nine, but still, they are so slow! That said, given the severity of these greens, if they were even "normal" speed, they would be nearly impossible to putt. on some of the greens. The course is still very "rough" condition wise, but despite that, I had a great time! Michael in the pro shop was great! Allowed me to tee off early, so I was able to enjoy a nice easy pace, which is important, because for a 4400 yard course, this was a tough walk!!! Yard for yard, as difficult a walking course as I've played.
I'd like to return and catch the course when I can see everything better and maybe have the greens a bit more manicured. Fun time - recommend this place if only to experience it once!