1. weber Posted: 10/23/17 10:41a Member Since: Dec 4, 2002 From: coto de caza
The more I play here, the more I appreciate this course. Playing from the "tips", this course offers some rather challenging holes. The first couple times I played here, I walked, but with a $22 car... Continue »
The more I play here, the more I appreciate this course. Playing from the "tips", this course offers some rather challenging holes. The first couple times I played here, I walked, but with a $22 cart included deal for a senior, it's difficult to pass on it.
The course was in overall good condition. A few of the greens have not yet fully healed from the punching, but for the most part, while slower than I prefer, they were just fine. If these greens were ever fast, they would be unplayable in certain situations. These small greens with all the undulations are really tough to get the ball up and down if you miss them, and today I missed a lot of greens.
Staff was as always great. Had the first time off at 7am, so no issue with pace of play. We finished in about 2:25, which is a nice pace for this course.
2. sixpez Posted: 09/03/17 6:36a Member Since: Oct 16, 2003 From: Rancho Mirage, CA
Finally made my return to Goat Hill yesterday as a warm-up for La Costa with the Pisarski boys and Gregholla. We had a 7:40 tee time. $39 out-of-towner rate with cart felt a bit steep for an executive... Continue »
Finally made my return to Goat Hill yesterday as a warm-up for La Costa with the Pisarski boys and Gregholla. We had a 7:40 tee time. $39 out-of-towner rate with cart felt a bit steep for an executive course. Our round took about 3:20, only because we were stuck behind a much slower foursome all day.
This was my first time returning to the course since it was Center City and absolutely one of the worst courses I had played. Obviously, the renovation has received a lot of hype, but I still had some skepticism. I will say it is light years better now than it was then. However, it's all relative. It's still a funky layout. It is also still very rough around the edges.
Conditions were pretty decent. Tee boxes a bit lumpy, but fine enough. Fairways on the shaggy side with some inconsistencies in the kikuyu grass. Where there is rough, it is pretty thick and also quite inconsistent. Then, there are all the bare dirt areas around the edges that will easily come into play with only a slightly stray shot on some holes. In my opinion, these dirt areas are kind of ugly and take away from any aesthetic appeal the course could have. I will say the bunkers had fantastic sand (super soft), though not always well raked by fellow players. The greens were also nice. They were soft and rolling pretty well at somewhat slow speeds. The greens here are definitely very tricky to read with a lot of lumpy undulation and the hill breaks to try and figure out. If they had these greens running too fast, it would probably be a nightmare.
It's nice to see what they've done to make this a better community course in a community that is in need of some revitalization. It was such a dump before and they've obviously put a lot of work in. There were plenty of people out there playing and using the practice facilities. I wouldn't rank it as any more than a kind-of-charming local's course, though. I agree with the "working class" in their slogan, but not at all with the "world class." It is not one of the best short courses in the country. Maybe a top 10 short course in SD County. Maybe. It's much better than it used to be, but it is nothing that I have the desire to play again. I am a supporter of short courses and often a fan of "quirky" layouts, but nothing about this place really does it for me other than a couple of the par-3s that are treacherously fun (holes 5 and 7 specifically).