Finally played Goat Hill Park for the first time today. Their tee sheet looked wide open on the website, so I didn’t make a tee time and arrived around 1:00. I had a coupon from some sort of community... Continue »
Finally played Goat Hill Park for the first time today. Their tee sheet looked wide open on the website, so I didn’t make a tee time and arrived around 1:00. I had a coupon from some sort of community discount card purchased from a Boy Scout that was buy one green fee, get one free, so it was $26 for my son and I to walk. Very friendly woman in the pro shop welcomed us and gave us a little “Local Knowledge” card as an addendum to the scorecard. That was a big help for us first timers. The range was busy but few people seemed to be heading out on the course. After my son hit a small bucket, we teed off. Walking pace was about 3:25, getting pushed a little by a twosome in a cart on the last couple holes. Pretty good breeze most of the afternoon, sunny skies and temps in the upper 60s.
Course conditions are quite good. The greens seem very healthy. I think salt air does them good, because they reminded me a bit of the greens at Olivas Links. Very thick, strong turf that felt sort of wiry when you fixed ball marks. Despite the great coverage and smooth cut, they were quite slow. I’d say slow to medium-slow. I can’t remember the last time I played greens this slow, and I had a hard time adjusting. They were also pretty firm. The few full shots where I actually hit the green today all took a bounce or two before stopping. Fairways were pretty lush with good coverage. Rough varied from bare spots to dry grass to lush, nasty green grass. Tee boxes were good. Neither my son nor I were in any bunkers. There aren’t many bunkers on the course, but the ones I saw looked quite good.
Opinions on this course seem to run the gamut, but I enjoyed it a lot. Tons of elevation changes, and really great topography for golf. It’s tough, too. Definitely a good workout to walk it. The par-4 12th was my favorite hole, which plays from an elevated tee to a diagonal fairway, and then up a chute to the small, elevated green. A few minor nitpicks: I didn’t see any drinking water available on the course; would love to see a few jugs added throughout the course. The routing is a bit confusing for a first-time visitor, but we never got too lost. I got burned on a few holes by lack of local knowledge, where I hit what I thought were good shots and then they weren’t. Guess I’ll just have to go back!
Oh, also, we saw a big snake on the 10th green!
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2. dcricket Posted: 04/05/17 6:43p Member Since: Oct 13, 2010 From: Escondido
Played today 4/5/17 with 2 groups fm Oside early morning. Said I'd never play here again after it brought me to tears of disappointment years ago... so my review will be based off of comparison of w... Continue »
Played today 4/5/17 with 2 groups fm Oside early morning. Said I'd never play here again after it brought me to tears of disappointment years ago... so my review will be based off of comparison of waaaaaaay back then and how it rolled today. One word sums it up (in my humble opinion) = Impressed. Adams family haunted mansion entry gate, fixed. Clubhouse outside facelift, nice. Practice Putting/chipping area, Excellent. Driving range (although downhill), neat surfboard looking targets, level (albeit a bit divotted up today from all the use). Staff, as before, very welcoming/pleasant and obviously proud of the Goat (as they should be). Course layout changed around as Hole 1 was 10 and 10 was 1, as well as some other changes; a definite improvement. Tee boxes level, with Grass. Playing from the tips, even on this short course, can humble even the best. Fairways rolled out nicely and had, dare I say it, Grass - Awesome. Rough - well, a marked improvement for sure, but very punishing if you stray too far left or right. Simply keep it in the middle (riiiiiiiiight!) ;)
Bunkers had adequate sand, very playable, again a mega improvement from when I last played. The Greens were above and beyond remarkable, but far from easy. Soft, receptive, undulating, rolled pretty true, but very slow today. No major ball mark damage that I recall. Course knowledge is certainly a must for good scoring. There are several areas on the course that can be very misleading, and great shots off the tee, not so good after all. Pace of play was great...course was not crowded so it made for a very enjoyable, non-pressured round. Cart paths still could use some improvement, but hey...the Goat has my thumbs up vote. It is laid back, welcoming, family friendly and worth the green fee. Never thought I'd ever say it, but I truly did enjoy this quirky, quaint, Oceanside gem. Note: there is a disc golf course that winds through the golf course as well. We didn't run into anyone playing on it today, nice. In summary: Way to go owners/management and staff - hope others see fit to Give the Goat a Go!! I'm glad we did. Oh, nice Linksoul aparrel available in the pro shop also; along with neat pictures and other offerings.