Poppy Hills Golf Course

3.7692000000 3.8 stars from 5 (26)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7002 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.5

TEE TIMES FROM: $55.00 VIEW TEE TIMES
  • 3200 Lopez Rd, Pebble Beach, California 93953
  • (831) 622-8239, (831) 625-2035
  • (831) 626-5421
  • www.poppyhillsgolf.com

Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: 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

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Jones 71 7002 yards 73.5 135
Jones (W) 71 7002 yards 79.5 141
IV 71 6672 yards 72.1 132
IV (W) 71 6672 yards 77.8 137
III 71 6299 yards 70.5 126
III (W) 71 6299 yards 75.7 133
II (W) 71 5799 yards 73.1 128
II 71 5799 yards 68.2 121
I 71 5215 yards 65.6 116
I (W) 71 5215 yards 69.9 119

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.8 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 26 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

19 out of 25 reviews


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"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.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: 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.

18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"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.

18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: 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

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.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

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

Reviewed on

Many bumpy green made me a lot of disappointments.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

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

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."


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

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

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!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

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

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!


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Greens in poor condition"


wesaylor's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/30/2013

Reviewed on

Great layout. To be rebuilt starting 3/13 with new greens. Looking forward to improvements in 2014


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout"


danc8419's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/28/2013

Reviewed on

The course is always a stout test with good conditions. Normally the greens are in good shape but this time they were pretty bad. Almost impossible to keep a putt from bouncing different directions. Maybe they've neglected them a bit since they will b shutting down soon for a complete renovation. Cant wait for the new layout but gonna miss the old one too. Get a round in before its totally different plus the rates will go up after the renovation. Great staff as well. Very friendly and helpful. Always worth the drive from SF.


18 Hole Pace of Play: >5 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course on the Monterey Peninsula"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/19/2013

Reviewed on

The last time I played Pebble my caddy said Poppy Hills was his favorite course in the area, so I gave it a try. A great layout and a great experience. But for the first four holes at Spyglass, I'd say it's the better course of the two. Dramatic setting in the del monte forest, but still with some ocean views in the distance. While set in the beautiful woods, it is a very playable course. You have to miss pretty badly to get into any real trouble. It'll be interesting to see it after the renovation that begins soon. Definitely worth playing if you're in the area. Of all the courses other than Pebble, Spyglass or Spanish Bay, this is my favorite.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


"Beautiful treelined course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/12/2013

Reviewed on

Very enjoyable round of golf. We had an early morning tee time. Tempature was around 38 degrees. After a bucket of balls on the range we were ready. By the time we finished it was sunny and 50 degrees. We liked the course so much we came back the next day for another round. The course was very wet. Renovations to this course will take place in March. They said the course will be closed for almost two years. You better hurry if you want to play this course.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens had some disease that caused some bare spots ."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2012

Reviewed on

This is a good track with wide fairways. Lots of grounds crew activity early in the morning.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of my favorites!"


jorloff's avatar
Skill: Beginner
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/11/2012

Reviewed on

Love Poppy Hills. I am very disappointed they are closing down for renos. The thing I love most about Poppy is how secluded it is. When you play Poppy, it's just you, the course, trees and wildlife. No freeways with traffic, no buildings or homes with construction going on etc. The course is very challenging, at least for a novice like me. I would have rated the course conditions as pristine, however the last time I played it was during winter months and the greens were a little chewed up. Love this course, go play it!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A magical day..."


thusseyusmc's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2012

Reviewed on

Had a great time on a beautiful day just before the rain. The Deep blue sky matched the Deep blue Pacific peeking through the Pines. If you didn't see the ocean you might mistake the course for Pinehurst. The grass was a little beaten down, don't expect a lie with the ball sitting up. My wife says "Too many downhill / sidehill lies", "it's called golf honey"... A lot of nice targets to hit to where you have to trust your swing... have fun! Oh yeah, be sure to book online, $200 bucks a round is steep.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course



"very good course to play"


gtlbtr's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2012

Reviewed on

greens were bumpy, Couldn't find reason for the bumpy imprints in the greens (round divets like in clusters of 4, like heel imprints, but too large for the newer type of shoes)

some renovations started already, and detour shortening for one the holes is understandable as they get ready for major change in the Course in March.

Had a hard time answering your inquiry.....hard time moving the boxes on your course rating section....boxes stubborn and didn't seem to want to move and then those that did moved all the way over and couldn't control extent of moving the boxes along, etc frustrating


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tee Time at 230 great deal great day for golf"


Highflyerfund's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2012

Reviewed on

late fog came in on last few holes kinda rare but i still pars two of them


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"course was fun"


u000003893351's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/2/2012

Reviewed on

Poppy Hills is challenging but fun. Its almost too hard. But once you get used to it , its a good test of a golfer. I dont think you should change the 11th hole to a shorter par 3. I like long par 3s.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fast true greens"


jblenner1's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2012

Reviewed on

Traveled from Florida, found this course to be all that you would hope for. Helpful staff, good condition with fast true greens.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This is a must play course!!"


dig8alman's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/24/2012

Reviewed on

Poppy Hills is in my mind a must play course in California. It rates with Harding Park, S.F. and Torrey Pines, S.D.. This course is challenging but fair on all levels. I really like to walk golf courses and did so at Poppy. It was fantastic. Rolling hills ... there are two times that it is a walk to the next tee, one of them is the 10th hole on the turn. Driving is a premium. Lots of canyon OB on almost every hole .... Had a blast playing it and can't wait to return.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course