Poplar Creek Golf Course

3.3680294118 3.4 stars from 5 (253)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6042 yards
  • Slope: 117
  • Rating: 70.1
  • Layout

  • 1700 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401, San Mateo County
  • (650) 522-4653, (650) 522-7510
  • (650) 522-7511
  • www.poplarcreekgolf.com

Year built: 1933
Architect(s): Stephen Halsey (1933)
Type: Public
Greens: Rye Grass
Fairways: Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No Cutoffs or Tanktops

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 70 6042 yards 70.1 117
Gold 70 5645 yards 67.8 115
Gold (W) 71 5645 yards 73.1 120
Silver 70 5220 yards 65.7 111
Silver (W) 71 5220 yards 70.8 116
Yellow (W) 71 4768 yards 67.8 112

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 253 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
100
3 stars:
95
2 stars:
28
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

196 out of 251 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near the airport convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for walkers locals beginners   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A lot of waiting at a number of holes but surprisingly finished under 4 hours 45 minutes on a Sunday so I was happy. My only complaint was the choppy greens because they were recently punched, they were so difficult to score on. I understand the necessity to aerate greens but I wish I was informed when I made the reservation. I may have declined if I knew.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Very slow pace of play"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2017
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Reviewed on

It took one hour between teeing off on #1 and teeing off on hole #2. Originally were told by the group in front of us that the backup was due to a tournament? Not sure where they got that info from, but the wait was four groups deep. Front nine took 3 hours. Some groups quit at the turn and back nine was slightly faster. Total time for round was 5.5 hours. Marshal came by several times, and play would speed up for one hole, then back to the same slow play.


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course


"Slow slow and slow."


Mike3120508's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2017
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Reviewed on

We teed off late. Golf pro wanted us to wait for private lesson. Past the tee time nobody around and they wouldn’t let us tee off. Finally we were able to go out after one of the group members asked to prorate the round.

Even with that I gave up after 9 holes of slow play. 2 groups were backed up on the 10th tee box. Mid-week


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Play Time"


Giants141's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

In all the years I’ve played there first time we played in 3 1/2 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Not bad but slow.."


Mike3120508's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Need to speed up groups or book fewer groups.. I play here once a month or so. Its always hit or miss on pace.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Just Average"


minminphyo's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is fairly easy. Fairways are really bad and so are some of the greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Poplar Creek Golf"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2017
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Reviewed on

I love this course and it's so close to home. Staff is friendly always! It can be slow on busy days buy not any more so than other courses. This course has enough challenges to make it interesting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good ;local course"


phillylu24's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

i have been playing Poplar Creek for 30 years.

It is a good course but not well maintained.

Some holes have ball washers and some do not.

Some holes have yardage markers and some do not.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"good for practice"


1matureguy's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has little by way of design. It's a back and forth course with a few trees and a few water hazards. It's short but often windy. Sometimes the greens are in good condition. Fairways are decent. Probably will score better here than your home course. I often come here when my home course is having a tournament and it's inexpensive.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



MorenoSimonova's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Rudest checkin I have ever experience"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We booked our teetime via Golfnow for 1.15pm. Since I saw that the course was wide open ,we came early hoping to tee off before our time. The answer was that they had a contractual agreement that will NOT allow them,(both of them) to let us go earlier. I was told that If we had booked our tee time directly he would have let us gone ahead. I told them that there WILL NOT be a next time.This is not only a waste of time but will effectively back up the course later on. WE waited for more than an hour . I have never encounter such an attitude . After the round I met and complemented a very friendly employee, who knew exactly who I was unhappy with. Until the 2 rude guys change I see no reason to recommend this facility . The management should likewise look into the behavior.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Nice track if you have the time"


US28289's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thought it would be quick on a weekday afternoon, but no such luck. Very slow play made somewhat tolerable by a beautiful day. Not sure what they could do (marshall?) but be sure you have time if you play here.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Paul3958114's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Great place to get better"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I'm a "developing" golfer. Playing Poplar, and a few lessons, has helped me get from shooting low 100s to mid 80s. Poplar is open and allows opportunities to make the next shot be better than the last. Everyone is helpful, course is wide open, pace of play is good unless you get on in super twilight with the rest of San Mateo County. If your developing your skills, Poplar Creek is the place to do it.


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


"fun downwind. challenging into wind"


rockawayjay's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

very flat course, easily walkable. popular in the morning. afternoons usually ok pace. this course while not super interesting has some fun holes. hitting into the wind one must choose the correct club or end up short. a downwind par five becomes reachable in two. not many lost balls but you will likely use all clubs in your bag. fun, fair course where one can regain confidence in their game.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Hot day, slow back nine play"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Record temps this day, but a 2some jumped in front of us at the turn and totally slowed things down. This never should have been allowed. We were making good time but after 4 holes of slowed down play and having to wait every tee, me and another single both quit and headed in. Need better course management by ranger.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good time."


UncleBoo's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

VERY good condition for a public course. A little bit slow, but it WAS a Friday afternoon with perfect weather, so definitely an enjoyable round overall.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"good course in fair condition"


phillylu24's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a good course but not in great condition. Play was slow


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



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