Poplar Creek Golf Course

3.2488000000 3.2 stars from 5 (217)
  • 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

Average Rating 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 217 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
89
3 stars:
79
2 stars:
23
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

168 out of 215 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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Reviews


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"Great Course for Mid-to-High Handicappers with Excellent Staff"


saadsaleem's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a fun course for all. It is wide open and is forgiving for the occasional errant shot.

The Staff is friendly and very accommodating. They even allowed me to change my Tee-Time from afternoon to early AM and honored the Golfnow discount. Thanks

It's a fun course to play, with full rounds ranging from 3.5 Hours to 4.5 hours. It is the bay area so when the wind kicks up, which is often, remember to Club Up, Choke Down!

Enjoy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Snack shack"


MorenoSimonova's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like playing in the morning @ 8:00 every time I get to the turn after the 9th I stop off a the food shack it's open but they never have hotdogs or hotlinks ready only premade sandwiches , I don't understand why they don't start making them when they first get there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Poplar Playing Windy and Fast"


u075256279's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in good condition following months of rain. Greens and rough have been trimmed down and you'll find the putting surface much faster than has been the case over the winter. Nice that most of the wet spots have dried up and lost balls are not a concern.

We are getting lots of onshore flow which translates to increasing winds in the afternoon. Usually always a factor when playing on the northern peninsula


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Wind Tunnel"


rich888rich's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has a nice layout and fairly well maintained. Some fairways have bare spots but not bad, except #15 has hugh bare spots on the fairways. Some Par 3 fairways are under maintained. #7 has been changed from a short Par 4 to a long Par 3. It is a straight forward course unless you play the black marker. It will be more challenging, specially playing the long Par 3s and long Par 4s in gutsy wind. Play in the morning if you can. The afternoon wind will blow your ball to the no man land. Have fun.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Another Round at Poplar Creek"


randyschwartz17's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in pretty good shape. The typical late afternoon wind was in fine fashion and the pace of play was slower than usual. Thanks to GolfNow for a $29 price that included cart. We had a good time and would do the same deal again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Poplar creek"


Ralphie189's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
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Reviewed on

This my home course so therefore I play it frequently. Nevertheless, I am critical of the course shape as follows:

1. Greens are bumpy due to the inferior

Job they did in aerating them.

2. Fairways have large patches of dirt. No grass, which is unacceptable. No excuse for that!

3 Green fees are high considering the condition of the course. Needs help!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



roblechich's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Poplar is Poplar"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Decent layout. Food shack is terrible and I haven't seen a food cart in years. Good course to try shots and get practice. Pace of play is SLOW.. Condition of the course is good enough. Greens are surprisingly in good shape, considering the recent weather..


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



brkraft's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The play was brutally slow. I picked up after 13 holes.

Easy lay out. Holes are straight up, straight back. No imagination from a design stand point.

Would NOT play there again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Weekday Specials"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course the day after a Men's Club Tournament. The pins were located in "you must be kidding me" locations. The greens were running true and fast. ENJOYED IT.

The best thing, it only took 3.5 hours to complete the round. That would never happen on a weekend or busy summer day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u161201927's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worthy"


u3698654's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a good balance of challenging holes and short holes that give you options off the tee. Greens are in great shape from all the recent rains . Practice areas, putting greens and driving range in good shape for warming up and post round practice. Definitely a mid peninsula course worth visiting for a round of golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Overcharged"


Mookieca77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was charged for 2 carts even though I booked thru Golf Now & it was included. Had to bring in my receipt to get a refund.

The starter could not explain why.

Please explain........... Mark


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Poplar creek"


Douglas8334599's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is my home course. 3-4 very challenging holes here. A lot of rain lately conditions are soggy. Greens were great. Prices very reasonable and staff is great.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"fun course in San Mateo"


phillylu24's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
Previously played Walked Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a good course to play.

It is fairly open and not too long.

The course is not in good shape because of the amount of rain we have received.

It is honestly not that well maintained.

The price is fair and normally it does not take too long to play


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Fun course even with all the rain"


cdsmithson's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played 3 days after the rain stopped. Conditions were cart path only, but the conditions weren't bad considering all the rain we've had. Nice residential layout and the course has many challenging holes that play longer than the 6000 yards would imply.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Trees Diwn"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very wet lots of Mad should of gave you a brake on cost lots balls due to trees down lots of mud and it would just eat your ball away. Nice since haven't been able to play for more then a month due to all the rain. Nice day for Golf hope the clean the mess up.


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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