1. AndrewZ28 Posted: 01/13/15 6:42a Member Since: Feb 22, 2012 From: Vista, CA
Played as a solo walker around 10 AM on Monday for $15. I completed 18 holes in about 2 hours and 15 minutes but decided to play the front nine twice since a local community college had their team pla... Continue »
Played as a solo walker around 10 AM on Monday for $15. I completed 18 holes in about 2 hours and 15 minutes but decided to play the front nine twice since a local community college had their team playing and I caught their four groups on 10 (didn't really want to wait).
The course is definitely coming along nicely and the recent rains absolutely helped. There were some pretty wet areas since it rained all day Sunday, but the course actually drained surprisingly well.
The biggest area of improvement I'm seeing is the greens. They were always the best part of the course anyway, but you could see that they had been let go and suffered from some disease or something, but they are getting them in shape and I had nothing but smooth, true rolls all day.
I actually took some pics this time around since all that's on here are some shots from about 6-7 months ago from sixpez. Unfortunately I only have one that was taken from the same spot he took one, but I think the improvements show up.
Again, the people in the shop were awesome, and I was happy to see so many maintenance guys out working on a little bit of everything. It's still a work in progress but it's coming along and for $15 I got a great workout (this thing is HARD to walk), some sunshine and really got to work on my game (smallest greens I've ever played so when you get a GIR you know you're doing something right).
2. AndrewZ28 Posted: 12/30/14 12:47p Member Since: Feb 22, 2012 From: Vista, CA
So, I was looking forward to writing this review because of how atrocious the previous reviews were :) For those of you who don't know, Goat Hill Park is the course formerly known as Center City Golf ... Continue »
So, I was looking forward to writing this review because of how atrocious the previous reviews were :) For those of you who don't know, Goat Hill Park is the course formerly known as Center City Golf Course (aka The Worst Golf Course Ever). Earlier this year a group headed up by John Ashworth (the golf clothes designer who now owns Linksoul) and other members of the local community took over operations of the Goat with the plans to clean it up and improve it to make it a place for members of the community to come together and enjoy the game (see link here: http://linksoul.com/linksoul-blog.aspx). I had played here a couple years ago and it was absolutely terrible. I can say however that in the short amount of time this group has been in charge, the improvements are fantastic.
I will say however that the course is very rough still. If you had played here recently you know how bad it was and the long road ahead. But when you meet the people behind the course you immediately get the sense of care and passion they hold for the place and the game and you want to be a part of it.
As for the course, it's the craziest 18 holes I've ever played. It's the hardest short course BY FAR and I walked it which is no easy task. There are some pretty incredible plans for the entire facility and if anything I hope that other GKers at least get out there, talk to the people, play a round or grab a beer and hit a bucket or even volunteer.
I walked on and paid $15 to walk on Sunday morning. I laughed at some of the shots I had to hit and smiled at some of the views I got to enjoy and just really enjoyed the day. Talked a bit with the maintenance guys as they worked on the course and you could tell how excited they were to actually get to do the work they wanted on the course and to bring it back.
The previous reviews on here were spot on, but Goat Hill Park is on it's way back and what it represents is important for all of the people who really love the soul of the game. Get out there and support this place because as golf enthusiasts, it's important to keep places like this alive.