Golf Course Review Goat Hill Park Golf Course Oceanside California
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Reviewed by: abbacat, Trabuco Canyon
Today was my first time here and I was joined by fellow GKer ppark81 (See additional Golf Course Review for Goat Hill Park below.)
After hearing so much about it I had to check it out as I enjoy most short courses. As soon as we arrived I knew we’d be in for a lot of fun – and that I shouldn’t even bother keeping score. They have a nice grass range and 3 putting greens.
The course, though short at a par 65, is really challenging. Many of the holes play much longer as the greens are extremely elevated. Come up short here and it’s a wall of fairway between you and the green; provided you don’t lose your footing in the process. It’s easy to see why they call it Goat Hill!
Phillip had played here before the restoration and was extremely impressed with the improvements. He characterized the course before as “basically just dirt.”
The conditions currently are literally night and day from what he remembers. The tee boxes had a lot of divots, some level; some not. The fairways weren’t real pretty (except for #18) but as long as you stayed on it, the lies were fine. Roll off and you’re lucky to have your ball get stopped by gravel or tree debris so it wouldn’t disappear down a steep hill. The bunkers had really nice clean, soft sand. The greens were fantastic. They rolled fast medium, but high shots stuck like glue. There were hardly any marks to repair.
The junior tees are considered a separate course called The Mini Goat. These tee boxes are mats and it looks like it would be really fun to play that sometime. There is even a separate scorecard for it- par 54, 1618 yds. It would take me a few times playing here to score well, and I look forward to my next attempt.
Reviewed by: ppark81, Sherman Oaks, CA
Played the new Goat Hill with GKer Abbacat. Semi-busy on Christmas Day, but a steady pace of 4hrs on a course full of hackers. I really liked the work that Ashworth has done to the course.
I remember playing here before the reclamation project to save the course and it was a dog track. Barely any turf cover on the fairways, horribly bumpy greens and an adventurous cart ride.
This is a totally new experience. The new green complexes are immaculate. The new turf cover is exponentially better than before. The car paths are still a “fun ride.” but that is only an issue if it’s really muddy.
This course is actually a pet project of John Ashworth, founder of Ashworth Golf and Linksoul. I really sense the affinity and care that Mr. Ashworth has for the area and the course. It almost feels like an honor to play his backyard course. It is my personal feeling that as the turf grows in, the playing conditions will only improve.
Inside Golfer Tip
NOTE: This course is also the home office for the North County Jr SCGA. They have another set of “par 3” tees (The Mini-Goat) setup for juniors. The tee boxes are artificial turf set into wood chips so the kids can play regardless of weather. (Actually, it was probably substantially cheaper to build the forward tees this way, but it serves two purposes. The kids are guaranteed dry tee boxes.)
If you think this course appears familiar. You probably recognize it as Center City Golf Course in Oceanside California. Under the watchful eye of Mr. Ashworth and other like-minded individuals this course, now called Goat Hill Park, emerges as a great little executive golf course in the heart of Oceanside. It’s a plus for the community of Oceanside and for growing the game of golf.