BEHIND "SAVE GOAT HILL PARK"

june thru november 2014

HISTORY
 

Originally built in 1952 as a regulation length 9 hole par 36 layout, Center City Golf Course was the first golf course in San Diego county. The course was redesigned in the early 90‘s by Ludwig Keehn into an 18 hole short course and became known as "Goat Hill" to locals. It is loved for its ocean views, fresh breeze, authentic atmosphere, and raw golf feel. Quite simply, you will have a hard time finding a more challenging short course with as many unique holes anywhere in the country. 

In the 80's, thanks to the foresight of the Lacey family, Goat Hill became protected as "Public Land." It cannot be developed without the consent of a vote of the public. 

Goat Hill thrived under the watchful eye of Lud until he passed away in 2004. Since that time, Goat Hill has struggled under mismanagement and the combined efforts of developers and politicians that would love nothing more than to see this beautiful landscape paved for the sake of revenue.

In 2014, at one of Oceanside's most historic Town Hall meetings (view here), the local community and the golfing public made national headlines as they united to stop redevelopment one more time in an effort to keep and restore Goat Hill as "the people's park of Oceanside."

As of July 1st 2014 a new management team lead by local residents John Ashworth, David Emerick, and Geoff Cunningham together with a a dedicated staff and volunteer corps of tradesmen and citizens are in the process of renovating and revitalizing Goat Hill Park into a place for recreation and socializing.

Articles:

Historic Town Hall Meeting: Oceanside March 19, 2014

San Diego UT: "Plans for Goat Hill Dashed" March 19, 2014

GolfWorld Magazine: "Links That Really Connect" March 31, 2014

PlusFORE Magazine: "Saving Goat Hill" December 2014

Southland Golf: "Ashworth Rolls Up His Sleeves to Save Course" February 2015

The Osider: "Diamond in the Rough: The Re-birth of Goat Hill Park" March/April 2015

The Osider: Extended Interviews March/April 2015

San Diego UT: "Goat Hill Gets New Life" April 19, 2015


OUR MISSION

Renovate, maintain and operate Goat Hill Park to serve the Oceanside community and the greater North County looking to enjoy golf, recreation and community activities at an affordable level. To create "the Central Park" of Oceanside.

Goat Hill Park will be the permanent home of the North County Junior Golf Association and Caddie Academy providing positive leadership and helping cultivate educational and job opportunities for Oceanside's youth.