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The Challenge at Goat Hill
Pros: Goat Hill is the newest addition to Socal disc golf. This monster 9,612ft par 63 course is located on Center City golf course in beautiful Oceanside with 9 par 4s. The course plays very long in open straight fairways with baskets on elevated hilltops with spectacular views. The dynamics of this course will force your game to make strategic placement drives to get you ready for 2nd or 3rd fairway approach shots to the basket. Wind is a major factor that comes into play when throwing 350+ drives and fairway shots. Knowing how your disc will fly in headwinds, tailwinds, and crosswinds is crucial. There is a good mix of elevation with several shots downhill, including hole 1 at 700ft+, while other shots play across bowls with baskets on elevated hills. Many of the baskets do finish on the right additionally challenging right handed players to cleverly place their approach shot to get in range for a birdie or par save.
There's never really any wait on the holes and golfers rarely ever get in the way. Some will let you pass while playing on the same hole as the baskets are placed away from greens. There are no water hazards, and there is only one sand bunker but that won't come into play (unless you have an errant shot).
There is a pro shop that will take tee times but walkups are always welcome. The staff is extremely friendly and welcomes disc golfers to the course. Sport drinks, snacks, BBQ hotdogs & burgers are available and adult beverages. Carts are also available, and I highly recommend getting one, as if 9,612ft is not long enough, and some of the holes have long walks in between the next tee. Plus after walking up and down hilltops, your body will thank you as you get around hole12 after 2hrs of play with 6 holes to go.
What I liked most about the course is that it introduced me to a new way of playing disc golf rather than just driving to the basket. This course allowed me to work on long range tee drives and placement fairway drives. Placement drive shots are critical to put you in position in flat open areas to throw the next 300ft fairway shot. With the long open fairways, I really got to work on my long range game, and can really unleash the disc. I go back to Morley Field throwing a lot of midranges now.
New tee pads are now installed and they did a really good job as most are very flat and level. Just had the first PDGA event here in July '11, and new pin locations were used in one round. Hope to see if these positions will be interchanged throughout the month. Monthlies are scheduled 1st Sunday of the month and a good crowd shows up.
Cons: This is not a course for beginners. Some of the holes can get a little repetitive throwing 300ft+ fairway shots over and over. There is some mix with the elevation but walking up and down those hills will work your legs. Most ball golfers have been very receptive to disc golf players; however there are a few golfers that probably feel we are treading on their course. The course meanders around and you can feel lost at times but hole #9 takes you back to the pro shop for a quick break. I recommend having a map first time out to keep track of where you're going and where you been. Tee signs have not been installed yet, but look for yellow flag poles with numbers on them.
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a pro level course that requires long range drives, and accurate fairway shots, and you don't mind spending the extra money to get a cart, then the Goat will provide a unique challenge to the most avid disc golfer.
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