Poplar Creek Golf Course

3.2379000000 3.2 stars from 5 (206)
  • 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
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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

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: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 206 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
85
3 stars:
74
2 stars:
22
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

158 out of 204 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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"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


"Went out without any expectation, enjoyed the round"


duabaa's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

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

Reviewed on

Considering the 4+ inches of rain the course received in the past 3 days. Happy to see my driver still got some roll on the fairway. Puddles and mushy in low lying areas but very playable. Greens are in pretty condition too.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Average"


Redwin44's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ground is not well kept. So many areas are muddy and still underr repair. Many areas are restricted to card due to very soft ground and and repair.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice round"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

good pace of play and perfect weather. Nice to get out and walk a flat course for a change.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"HS Golf Tournament - A Pain"


Shadethrower's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2016
Previously played Walked Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course should close when they decide to host a high school golf tournament. Not put people out behind the teams. It took 90 minutes to play the first three holes!!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"A very busy, local SF area muni"


azgolfguy's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2016
First time playing Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

2.75 hours for the front nine of 3000 yards on a weekend. That tells part of the story.

The greens were good, the rest of the course was spotty between bare areas and under-mowed turn.

I was told that the course was under consideration for conversion general county recreational facilities like soccer fields. Play it now while you can and if you're patient.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Rough Condition"


u240451166's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in tough shape. Recent rains along with overwatering and maintenance vehicle ruts makes for tough fairways. Also the front desk staff is incredibly indifferent when checking in to the point that I almost apologized for inconveniencing them for showing up. I live very close to the course but would rather drive a bit further for a more welcoming environment


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Effects of drought"


u000001337116's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes being sanded. Fairways are very patchy, many unfair lies on the fairways. Greens are very nice. These days all you can hope for at most courses are nice greens and tee boxes, and maybe allow yourselves to bump your fairway lies? Pace of play on weekday was nice. 4 hours walking. Play again? Not anytime soon, unless I get another good deal. $25, others paid $18!!


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


"Nice course, could play faster"


Joe6584669's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great course, fairly flat, not terribly difficult to navigate. The only issue I encountered was the course marshals doing nothing other than driving around and waving hello to us. We flagged one down to point out the group in front of us being a hole and a half behind and holding up everyone behind them, and he just smiled and said "it's Sunday", shrugged his shoulders and drove off. I know the course needs to make money, but it's stuff like this that will make me spend my money elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Mr McGruff"


zoomeleon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day. Didn't start 'til 5:30 but got in 14. Coarse is expectedly flat but creative in areas. The Starter was a super nice guy but tried to sound like a Barking old dog. He couldn't hide his inner poodle.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Sanded greens"


u468728892's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As a whole , everything was good. The back nine greens were recently sanded (and quite heavily, I might add) and no notification was given in advance..

I'd like to see such information listed on Glof Now's site/app as I might have played elsewhere that day.

Overall, my experience was satisfactory.

- M


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"horrible course"


Jesse4879790's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The conditions of the course were terrible, it's the middle of summer and the grounds are pumping everywhere, and ground under repair on basically every hole. WORST greens I've ever putted on, very bumpy and abrupt, I would not recommend this course to anyone who is not a beginner. For a $70 per round course I would expect the fairways and greens to be groomed and in much better condition. I'll never play here again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/23/2016

100% accurate review of this course. Is it built on Landfill? Swampy areas everywhere, under repair. A few holes had decent greens, but many of the greens were very bumpy, with what almost looked like geese footmarks (there are about 100 geese that feed on the fairways of holes 2-5)

Terrible wind late part of the day



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