Poppy Hills Golf Course

3.7632000000 3.8 stars from 5 (38)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7002 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 3200 Lopez Rd, Pebble Beach, California 93953
  • (831) 622-8239, (831) 625-2035
  • (831) 626-5421
  • www.poppyhillsgolf.com
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Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1986)
Type: Public
Style: Parkland
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attired required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Jones 71 7002 yards 74.4 144
Jones (W) 71 7002 yards 80.3 150
IV 71 6672 yards 73.0 140
IV (W) 71 6672 yards 78.5 146
III 71 6299 yards 71.2 135
III (W) 71 6299 yards 76.3 142
II (W) 71 5799 yards 73.7 135
II 71 5799 yards 68.6 131
I 71 5215 yards 66.0 125
I (W) 71 5215 yards 70.1 125

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 38 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
17
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

27 out of 37 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens  

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"Hit the ball"


Bmitch1808's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We were paired with a couple that measured every shot, took many practice swings and wouldn't stop talking about how great their shot should have been. This is not a fault of the course but the staff.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Poppy Hills"


u813672959's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

What a gem! Difficult course; trees, lots of bunkers added that seem to jump up and grab your golf ball, greens large but rock hard so play one club higher as if you don't your ball will roll off of the green. Lots of challenging holes that will make you want to return and play at Poppy again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Really getting bad"


RealGolfer2Golfer's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Yes, there is the Rolex clock but come on the fairways are worse than any muni in NorCal. The new design was a mistake and the course has to be one of the worst values in CA. Greens still won't hold a shot and why on Earth is it STILL cart path only.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"needs work"


juliancoles's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

Very disappointed in condition and maintenance of course. While the weather was poor that was not the issue.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Poppy Hills was "Popp'n""


u000005862763's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Great course, but typical Pebble Beach prices. Eh, what's an out of towner going to do but pay the price to take home some great memories. More treed views then Pebble or Spanish Bay so if you are wanting the Pacific Ocean for a back drop, this is not the course for you.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Punishing Beaut"


RobSlice's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I'm not a good golfer. I'm not a fair golfer. I'm a horrible golfer when it comes down to it. But still, I enjoyed Poppy Hills a great deal. It's a beautiful track in excellent shape. It is TOUGH, but honestly, I was not surprised. There's some considerable elevation changes, and I think that adds to the challenge and the fun. It's still a fair course - there's no real tricks here other than tight fairways, the elevation, and some doglegs. This is a place for the bucket list, and I'm glad I got to play it. NOTE: I did play during a NCGA tournament, so that backed us up a bit and greatly slowed play. I'm not sure how fast a round is during normal operation.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great track on an amazing piece of land"


aliikane10's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Poppy Hills is very well known but doesn't get the "wow" factor like the neighbor courses like Pebble, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay. However, it is still an excellent track and good enough for the PGA tour's ATT tournament.

The course is on an amazing piece of property that has just towering pine trees on the entire course. It is like a nature hike while playing golf. The redesign is very good and definitely was needed as the course was getting outdated and needed to save water. They definitely made it more challenging but it is not super difficult. You have to play a few times to get to know the course and there are few holes that are kinda weird and difficult but otherwise it is a well designed course. Not super long if you play from the tips and is around 7000 yards but definitely challenging for the really good golfers.

Condition of the course is very good. However, the greens are slow for my liking. I prefer greens that are at least 10+ on the stimp and they were pretty slow and fuzzy. Bunkers are excellent. They use the best sand I have seen for bunkers.

Facilities are pretty good with a grass range. Good practice putting/chipping green. Clubhouse has been remodeled recently and the pro shop and restaurant are really nice.

Definitely worth a round if in the area.


Player Tip: Best to buy a yardage book if playing for the first time or play with someone who knows the course. Some local knowledge that would be very helpful.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not as Good As It Looks"


Bomber123's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

It's a very beautiful course but not as fun to play. It's a little unfair. To many trees in play, bunkers in the middle of the fairway, etcetera.


Player Tip: Bring extra balls!

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Fantastic place - Fantastic value"


marcbarca's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Let me begin by saying how jealous I am of NCGA members for having this place and Poppy Ridge as member courses. Obviously, your association is being run very effectively. We have no such thing here in SoCal.

Poppy Hills has always been one of my favorite places to play and I was looking forward to my first time back since the redo. Yes, there are issues with the redo but every new course has its issues. I expect the NCGA will makes subtle changes to address those issues in the future. One of the problems I believe, is the lack of water and the affect it is having on the new turf. Most courses are very firm when new and this one is the same. The drought is certainly not helping either. The greens were rather slow compared to Spyglass (that I played the next day). But the overall experience was top notch. I feel lucky that NGCA have a special SCGA reciprocal rate. I'll be back just as soon as I can.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Play here if you like fun"


u000008221499's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course is FUN. I can't speak to the redesign. But you can step up and rip drive on every hole. Massive fairways!!! It's not super long bUT you do have some ocean air so it feels long enough. The greens seem huge but that adds to the challenge cuz once ur on you can easily 3 putt from another zipcode. Just get on. Club down and let the ball finish on the green! Pace of play was a little slow but the marshall got us back in place by speeding up groups ahead. As an NCGA member this course was affordable $90 compared to $200!! But it's all still another dollar level for the average golfer. Being an NCGA member greatly increases incentive to play this course. My favorite holes were the 10th, 9th, 5th, and 18 because the walk was over and it was time for a beer!! Foods great aND Paul the bartender was very helpful in helping us navigate the pebble /carmel /monterey area! !!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"They turned a Rembradt into a Warhol tomato can and all"


t9245sw's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I need to preface this review by saying that Poppy Hills was my favorite course in the world before the re-model. This was my first time playing since the extensive re-work of the course, and I have to say I am disappointed. My favorite holes on the old course were 9 through 12, and this is where they have made the most changes.
Let's start with the par-5 9th hole. The new route of the hole has eliminated a series of bunkers along the left side of the fairway and placed a fairway bunker right in the flight path of balls hit to the right center and 220 yards. Needless to say, I found that bunker with a perfect tee shot. Not good. They have moved the green up about 50 yards, which isn't a horrible thing, but made it so rock hard that no approach shots will stick. I hit my approach to the front to a short flag and ended up at the back of the green.

On Number 10, which used to be my favorite hole in golf, they have taken that dramatic green which used to hug the pond and moved it about 50 yards to the right. You are left with this out of the place pond - brackish and ugly with algae - having no bearing on your approach shot to the green. Again, the green was rock hard and wouldn't hold a shot to the green.

The biggest tragedy was re-moving the dramatic par 3 11th and turning it into a re-routed "throw-away" par 3 that most golfers can find the green with a wedge. This is not what I came to Monterey for, folks. I could go on an on about hard greens on every hole that won't hold approach shots, but my ultimate advice is to head over to Ford Ord and play those two magnificent golf courses for less money on Golf Now.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/24/2016

Fyi, the fairway bunkers on #9 were not changed, and the green is exactly in the same position it has always been in. Your drive on #9 either had to hug the center left of the fairway or the far right, still the same.........exactly.

The main change is the waste area all around the green.

keep in mind this is a very short par 5, so if you want to hit a driver, be precise or pay the penalty. Great re-work ncga!


"Tough Course: Around Greens"


Donald3275955's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Approach shots don't hold. Frustrating! Good course.


Player Tip: Club down on approach shots, don't aim at flag, but find spot ball to filter in. Putt off the greens. Don't get frustrated, beautiful course.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poppy Hills"


Bkilmartin's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

Robert Trent Jones II should refund NCGA the money they gave him. The overall design and feel of this course doesn't belong in a forest setting, it belongs on the ocean or transition areas to the coastline from the forest. It's not a natural setting for all that sand. It is way overpriced, no wonder the tee sheet is wide open. At $90 to walk and $115 to ride I would rather play Bayonet and Blackhorse where you can get on for $59 thru internet specials or golf now. After playing I understand why the PGA made a long term commitment to MPCC for the ATT. As a member of NCGA I am really disappointed in the new course, some wholes are improvements, 1, 10-12 come to mind, other than tournaments I will play elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"The New Poppy Hills: "Firm, Fast, Fun""


MattGinellaGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

When Robert Trent Jones Jr. took the mic at the press conference for the reopening of Poppy Hills, he reminded the assembled blue coats of the Northern California Golf Association, select members of the community and media that the Monterey Peninsula is "the best golf zip code in America." Which is why he was sincerely appreciative of the NCGA for asking him to come back and renovate a course he built for them in 1986. "This was a chance to refresh," said Jones. And to laughs, he compared it to renewing marriage vows. Truth is, avid golfers had divorced themselves from Poppy Hills when planning their trips to Monterey. Even the AT&T had opted to drop Poppy Hills and made a deal with Monterey Peninsula Country Club to be the third leg of the iconic Clam Bake rotation. (Poppy Hills had previously replaced Cypress Point.) As an avid golfer, a Northern California native and one of over 150,000 members of the NCGA, I'm pleased to announce that Poppy is back. The results of a $12.5 million renovation of the course, clubhouse and practice facilities. He also reduced the annual water usage by 25 percent. Jones and his crew made significant tweaks to holes 10 thru 12, which he referred to as "my Amen Corner." He took what was a weakness of the routing, and made it into arguably the best three-hole stretch on the course. Jones raised the 10th green and defends the long approach with a deep front-bunker, and a tightly-mowed slope, which evokes the front of the 15th green at Augusta National. The 11th is a short, charming par 3. The new 12th went from a nearly 90-degree dogleg of a par 5, to a straight par 4, lined with a staggered set of fairway bunkers that get deeper the closer you get to the green. (Come up a little short and your ball will be kicked to the right.) "You can't run it up on every green and expect a favorable result," said Jones. Although one of the main goals of the renovation was to reduce irrigation by exposing and integrating natural sandy areas, Jones says they've actually increased the amount of fairway throughout the routing. They've also sand-capped the course, which is adding a substantial layer of sand below the playing surface, which improves drainage. "Firm, Fast, Fun" is the working slogan embroidered on the back of the new Poppy Hills hats. And given the price structure for members of the NCGA—$70 during the week, $90 on weekends—they could add "affordable." It's $210 for non-members, which is still good value considering that aforementioned zip code and the price point of premier courses on the peninsula. (Pebble is $495, Spyglass Hill is $370.) Other news coming out of the press conference is that Poppy will join Pebble Beach as the co-host of the Nature Valley First Tee Open, a Champions Tour event in September. And thus, Poppy isn't just back for the avid amateurs, it's back for the pros. And the best news: everyone who plays the new Poppy, is going to want to keep coming back.


Player Tip: The NCGA offers juniors (under the age of 18) a $6 membership to Youth on Course. Kids pay $5 to play over 130 courses in Northern California.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Commented on 05/26/2015

Was this review a paid for advertisement or an honest assessment? I love Matt's work but it seems like the NCGA's wrote this for him.


"Deserved excitement at Pebble Beach"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Poppy Hills was never a bad golf course, but considering it's surrounded by several top 50 layouts, there was certainly room to improve to reach the standards of its neighbors. After a year of being shutdown for a complete renovation, the course didn't disappoint. While the routing remained largely intact, and the chief designer was still Robert Trent Jones Jr., the new Poppy Hills, which reopened for play today, isn't your father's Poppy Hills. Conditioning is impeccable, holes are lot more interesting, and there's a lot more fairway than they're used to be, about 60 acres to be exact. Despite the wide fairways though, it's hardly easy, though. Greens can be tricky to read (some uphill putts appear downhill and vice-versa), they're firm, and the bunkers, of which there are several on every hole, tend to swallow up a lot of balls. Plus, there are still thousands of mature Monterey Pines. In short, the new Poppy Hills is a formidable test, but played from the correct tees, enjoyable by most every player. My only complaint was some of the use of native grasses in several areas, which could swallow up balls. That happened to me on the new hole, the par-3 11th, where my tee shot landed on the back of the green, only to roll into the thick grass in between the bunker and the green. It's an area that's sure to be addressed, but very minor overall.


Player Tip: At the revamped clubhouse, stick around for the homemade pork bellies and a craft beer to watch the games on the big screen.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"17 mile dr.....need I say more"


None's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/4/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Obviously letting Mother Nature run its course. A 12 million dollar renovation in the works for this coming week. Overall beauty of the natural layout is amazing.... Can't wait to see post reno.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very poor green condition."


uXHRZ9088XH's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/2/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Many bumpy green made me a lot of disappointments.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"rip off- course is destroyed-"


u000005716959's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course is "getting ready to be redone" , Greens destroyed- half dirt and half 'green'- took the putting element out of the game. numerous holes shortened by over a 100 yards- tractors and trucks constantly working loudly while play is going on- very disappointed- would not recommend- website says nothing of poor course condition


Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"I am a 5 handicapper and really enjoy playing this course."


Richard7078910's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/17/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played this course about 10 times. It is a great lay out and very challenging. I recall hearing that when it is in the ATT mix, it is one of the most challenging. It is in the process of being renovated as of February of 2013 with big piles of sand/earth on at least of couple of holes (9 and 14). Every hole is unique and has its own challenges. I especially like the par fives which present excellent risk - reward choices. Par threes vary between relatively short and long. Not a course for a beginner! Condition of greens was poor due to patches of what appeared to be dead areas on several greens... Otherwise in great condition for winter!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course is due to be renovated. It needs it!"


capehawk48's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/10/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course layout was fun and challenging. The greens were in poor diseased condition. A rate reduction is called for but not given. I doubt I would return here. Pacific Grove pub-links is a much better deal. Better scenery too!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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