Poplar Creek Golf Course

3.3640352941 3.4 stars from 5 (229)
  • 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: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 229 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
93
3 stars:
83
2 stars:
26
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

177 out of 227 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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"Pace of Play"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Family group in front of us , stop to coach each other & practices , without regarding us waiting . They were

at least 2 to 3 holes behind and yet no marshal to

tell them to pick up the pace.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Local Muni"


butteview's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar is what it is, a playable convenient Muni close to home. This tee time was made by my son and his two friends after 2:00pm. All are youth on course members through the NCGA so the price of $5 for each is fantastic and gets them out. Problem is I picked them up at 5:00 after only playing 9 holes as the pace of play was not good. To have 3 15 year old average to below average players tell me how they were waiting on every shot for the group in front of them is kinda too bad and leaves the new generation players wondering what else they could do with their time. This course is short, benign and should easily be played in 4 hours even by beginners. The staff and facility's are great and Jeremy does a great job trying to get more young players involved in the game. It's up to the older players to ensure that the pace moves and young players around them enjoy themselves and feel welcomed.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Cheap course, mega Slow pace of play"


u058331775's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very poorly maintained, pace of play is terrible. Amenities and food is awful. Expect at least a 5 1/2 to 6 hour round. Not a course for the mid to high handicaper.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



u000022322872's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow Play, Marshall could care less!"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

5.5 hour round. Called pro shop 3 times with no help from the Marshall about the group in from of us. My buddy told them to hussle up and they threatened us and were very vulgar with their language. Called us racially charged names and homophobic names. Once the Marshall finally came out we told him and he just followed them for one hole then left. It was by far the most uncomfortable round of golf I have ever played. It was horrible.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Good Value Golf Course"


u223579956's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value golf course place in the Bay area / Peninsula; friendly staff and relatively well manicured course plus great cart (Yamaha!)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice public course"


Rickrph's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Po[lar Creek is a nice, well kept public course. It is a little short, but very playable


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



HWitz84's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I purchased the round as a hot deal on golfnow so I'm not too upset about this but the course really doesn't seem to care about pace of play or customer experience if you're not a regular. It's just not a concern in the pro shop for random singles like me. They let my group tee off early while I was grabbing a beer in the restaurant so I didn't tee off at my time and instead got stuck behind a 4some of elderly women and men who were extremely slow (presumably why my first group went before them) which is normal on a Wednesday afternoon I guess, but on the second hole they split into two twosomes, and didn't me play through. There were zero marshalls on the course to help with situations like these. After waiting for 10-15 min on each shot I knew that this was going to be the worst slog ever, but I wasn't mad because I assumed they could offer a rain check and I could comeback another time when it wasn't so slow, so after the 5th hole I told the pro shop about the situation. They just stared at me blankly and said it's "not their policy" to offer rainchecks and that rounds will take 4-4.5 hours. Fine guys. I get it's a business but I know a 5 hour round when I see it. It would have been so easy to just give me a spot later in the week. This course and management do a lot for junior golf in the area and I know they're not complete jerks, but this wasn't how I expected the day to turn out, so I abandoned the round to go play at a different course.

The greens looked good though. Rolled better than I remember in the past. The restaurant and beer selection are decent too. Just don't expect the staff to care much about your experience if you're a single golfer who carries your clubs. I know people don't read course reviews for these stories but I had to share. You're better off playing Metropolitan in San Leandro for the same price. And they will treat you better.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



Maxtrizuto's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"It was a perfect day to play a round. Getting to the golf course was tricky."


dyblee's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Perfect weather, well maintained course should have been a good experience. However, it took much time and effort to get to the golf course through winding mountain road, not to mention the traffic through the half dozen little cities. Enjoyed the game but I will not return here. There are just too many wonderful courses here in Sacramento and Roseville areas. Thanks anyway GolfNow.com.


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


"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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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



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