1. AndrewZ28 Posted: 05/18/18 11:44a Member Since: Feb 22, 2012 From: Vista, CA
Played in my GK Cup match with John and Matt yesterday, 5/17. We teed off as a threesome riding around 4:40ish and finished in 2 1/2 hours. That's pretty typical at the Goat if you're riding. Obviousl... Continue »
Played in my GK Cup match with John and Matt yesterday, 5/17. We teed off as a threesome riding around 4:40ish and finished in 2 1/2 hours. That's pretty typical at the Goat if you're riding. Obviously it's a workout if walking but still, POP is usually great here. Love being able to burn through a round in that amount of time.
I hadn't played out here in a month or so since they punched the greens. They are about 99% back, the only noticeable leftover being that they are a bit softer than normal as there's probably a little more coverage as they heal. Before the punching they were the firmest and fastest (and super pure) that I had ever seen out there and it made the course even that more difficult (the green shapes and complexes are tricky enough out here). I'm looking to seeing them firm up a little more but right now they are rolling really true and holding well, just a tad on the slower side.
I think the rest of the playing conditions (tees and fairways) are pretty solid right now. Not a lot of water this winter has the course playing firm and a little dried out in spots which leaves you vulnerable to bounces and rolling and sometimes that just feels a bit unfair. But when you do hit it where you're supposed to, the lies are good and there's really solid playability.
There's constantly been some improvements going on and even since the last time I went out there there's new paths and concrete work around the clubhouse that looks really nice and the range was in really good shape (all grass).
The Goat is my home track and I love the vibe out there. It's probably the quirkiest course I've ever played but I've also never played a course that is as demanding of iron play with a set of Par 3's that have serious teeth and greens that are tiny and undulating. It's definitely a course you could get frustrated with the first time around (tons of local knowledge needed to play the bounces), but a great place to call home if you want to hit all the shots.
Oh, and based on the other thread about Veteran rates I looked and the Goat does have a special rate for Veterans. Looks to be about 30% off the normal rates. Which is cool since Oside is still a military town.
Joined Johnny and AndrewZ28 during their Gk Cup Match. Big thanks to Andrew who hooked us up with the round thanks to his Linksoul career.
Course was in good shape for such a dry winter and I was not disappointed.
Tee's- Tee boxes were mostly level and had some divot damage which is expected on a short course with lots of play. I never had an issue finding a area to tee it up. I did come across 3-4 boxes that were almost too firm to place a tee in the ground.
Fairways- Fairways had good coverage and where a mix of green and brown. I had good lies all day so no complaints.
Rough- There is very little rough on this course du to the turf reduction done a few years ago during the make over. What rough I did find was a nasty mix of grasses which left you a unpredictable lie.
Greens- The greens are 95 percent recovered from punching and rolled true all day. Most greens were soft which cause some spin issues throughout the day but no complaints from me. We played late in the day so there was a few divots to deal with but not as bad as most short courses.
Sand- I did not find any sand yesterday and Andrew was the only one to play from it. It looked soft but cant give a accurate review.
In all this is a fun executive that definitely requires accurate iron shots all day.