Poppy Hills Golf Course

3.9574000000 4.0 stars from 5 (47)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6872 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

  • 3200 Lopez Rd, Pebble Beach, California 93953
  • (831) 625-1513
  • (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 attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
IV 71 6872 yards 73.0 140
IV (Women's) 71 6872 yards 78.5 146
III 71 6501 yards 71.2 135
III (Women's) 71 6501 yards 76.3 142
II 71 6010 yards 68.6 131
II (Women's) 71 6010 yards 73.7 135
I 71 5415 yards 66.0 125
I (Women's) 71 5415 yards 70.1 125

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 47 Reviews
5 stars:
17
4 stars:
19
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

36 out of 46 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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Breaking802012's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Just a fantastic course"


tcushman06's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A great course aesthetically and fine test of golf. It will lull you into thinking it's not too difficult and pounce if you let your guard down . Well-bunkered greens a make it tough for direct attacks on pins in some placements . Use the whole green, tough punishments for over-aggressive approaches . Great staff and food . One of Monterey area best for sure.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worthy addition to the Monterey rota"


u966714819's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We travel to the Monterey Peninsula annually, and for some reason have never experienced Poppy, opting for the other great courses. We learned this week what a mistake that has been, not because the others are poor choices, rather, that Poppy is most definitely worthy of a visit.

Our group has plus handicaps, senior players, and those that play no more than a handful of times every year. All of us found something to enjoy - good holes, without the severe penalties we sometimes find, great hole locations, challenging our very good players, without abusing the rest of us.

One more thing - we played after a good bit a rain - the place drains extraordinarily well. Don't let rain keep you away.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Stunning course"


u000004456687's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a beautiful, well laid out course. It is certainly challenging, with sloping fairways and tough greens. No hole is the same and you will struggle to think of which is your favourite hole once you have finished.

We started out on the back 9 (there had been a competition in the morning) and we moved at a great, steady pace. For some reason, once we got to the first hole, (our second 9) the pace was much slower to the extent we wondered if some extra groups were on the course, this meant we then had to wait at every tee, often with the group in front also waiting and then the group behind catching us up before we had teed off. It made for friendly golf, nut it did disrupt the rhythm.

A very small point, there are no ball washers on the course which seems slightly strange.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000001354269's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best if Walked"


Alex326's avatar
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San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

I'm not going to talk much about the course conditions. Anytime you play golf in the Pebble Beach area you expect the course to be in pristine condition. Poppy Hills is no exception. Staff was friendly and accomondating as well. This course is best walked. It's cart path only so if you ride you will be stuck on the side of the course in the tree line and miss most of the spectacular views. Do yourself a favor and get out in the middle of the fairway where the views of the ocean tucked behind the forest are abundant. Well worth the walk. Given that, pace of play is going to be a bit slower.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout. Great views"


bonztracy55's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A must play. Stunning views, immaculate shape. Tough course,especially if you don't have first hand knowledge of the greens. Only down side was pace of play-5 1/2 hours on a Friday afternoon. No marshals. If you remember where you are and what you're doing, it'll take the pain of how slow it is and make it a little easier to swallow


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Top Notch Experience"


SpauldingSmails27's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The new Poppy Hills is a great experience that is on par with the courses at Pebble Beach Resort. The staff at the course were very friendly and courteous.

I will say I think that Poppy Hills has a collection of the best par 3's in the game. The course is fair and great but I was in awe of the par 3's.

I would definitely make it back on another trip to Monterey. Make sure you play this course when you are in town.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tour Quality Worth Twice the $$ Easy"


ch1982's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The New course definitely belong in the same class as it's neighbors Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Spanish Bay. The best part is it's only 1/2 the price!

You can book hotel packages online and get crazy good pricing on your room and golf and if you forget your clubs they give them to you at no cost! If you are looking for soft fluffy lies this is not the place. The turf is perfect and firm, ball rolls forever. The greens are literally up to Tour standards after having the Champions Tour their last month.The new design is very rewarding if you can play the low knockdown and use the slopes around the greens. Don't fly the ball to the green or you'll be sorry. The only real negatives you hear are that it's too firm but those people don't understand the design and how to approach it. The course definitely grows on you the more you play it. Get a yardage book, only use your sand wedge if your in a bunker and think outside the greens. Use the slopes to bank the ball and you'll have a ton of fun hitting shots you won't hit at any other course on the west coast except Bandon and Chambers Bay (same exact turf as Poppy) If you are anywhere near Pebble Beach and you have your clubs with you, DON"T MISS THIS PLACE.


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


"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.


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.


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!



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