Golf Course Review Goat Hill Park Golf Course Oceanside California
Reviewed by: AndrewZ28, Vista, CA
I played this past Friday afternoon, teeing off about 1 PM on an absolutely PERFECT day.
First thing to note, Goat Hill Park just finished a complete renovation of the 12th green so there’s a temporary green right at the aiming pole (215-ish yards?). When you drive/walk from the temp green up the hill to 13 you get a look at the new complex. This is my home course and I absolutely LOVE the change. I hated that green and in my opinion, the new design knocked it out of the park. I asked and it’s probably going to open around early April.
As for the rest of the course, the main thing I can say is the greens are awesome. I know that a local high end private course donated a green roller and other equipment and it absolutely shows. Greens are the best I’ve ever seen them out there. They are quick and pure and still hold. There was a good breeze going and at the end of the day they were almost too good. Being in the wrong spot was deadly.
There are 4-5 new tee boxes and the turf is fantastic and level, but like most new turf installations, it’s a bit firm to get a tee in the ground.
I never had a bad lie in the fairway but it’s a bit dry as we haven’t had much rain. I hit some wayward drives and found areas where the addition of turf about a year ago saved my tail. Really a good add to the design.
The Goat is what it is. A funky layout (absolutely fantastic for Match Play which I was playing) but it does what i feel ALL muni’s should focus on….have exceptional greens and playable conditions otherwise.
The POP at the Goat is always off the charts. We went through as a four ball in about 3 hours and then hung out with some music playing, the firepit going and a bunch of people laughing and telling stories.