Poppy Hills Golf Course

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4.4
114
5 Stars
61
4 Stars
31
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.4
89.8%
Recommend this course
97 out of 113 reviews
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4.1
21
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.2
86.4%
Recommend this course
19 out of 21 reviews
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4.4
42
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
92.9%
Recommend this course
39 out of 42 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6872
Slope 140
Rating 73.0
Type Public
Located on the famed 17-mile-Drive, Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach was the first course in the United States to be owned and operated by an amateur golf association, the Northern California Golf Association. Originally opened in 1986 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.,Poppy Hills is a challenging, par-71 venue that weaves through the Del Monte Forest and has played host to several renowned tournaments, including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991-2009. In 2014, it received an extensive, $10 million renovation by RTJ Jr. The project was first and foremost aimed to improve environmental responsibility, and cut water consumption by reducing the amount of irrigated turf -- about 60 acres -- while also extending the layout to over 7,000 yards. From a playability perspective, all the rough was removed and doglegs were softened. The course was awarded "Best Renovation" that year by all four major golf publications.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
IV 71 6872 yards 73.0 140
IV (Women's) 71 6872 yards 78.5 146
III 71 6501 yards 71.2 135
III (Women's) 71 6501 yards 76.3 142
II 71 6010 yards 68.6 131
II (Women's) 71 6010 yards 73.7 135
I 71 5415 yards 66.0 125
I (Women's) 71 5415 yards 70.1 125
Scorecard for Poppy Hills Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Jones M: 74.4/144 W: 80.3/150 527 161 421 399 385 223 444 179 515 3254 443 202 447 629 478 185 414 415 535 3748 7002
Tee IV M: 73.0/140 W: 78.5/146 514 148 410 390 369 200 430 170 503 3134 416 189 431 572 439 175 400 397 519 3538 6672
Tee III M: 71.2/135 W: 76.3/142 489 132 390 373 356 188 415 152 479 2974 387 163 397 550 421 163 382 374 488 3325 6299
Tee II M: 68.6/131 W: 73.7/135 458 118 370 346 322 160 389 127 447 2737 375 140 358 515 357 141 354 348 474 3062 5799
Tee I M: 66.0/125 W: 70.1/125 421 99 351 302 291 141 375 121 414 2515 306 118 252 480 333 123 333 326 429 2700 5215
Handicap 5 15 3 11 9 13 1 17 7 6 18 12 2 4 14 8 16 10
Par 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 35 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 7 17 3 9 11 13 1 15 5 6 16 14 2 8 18 10 12 4

Course Details

Year Built 1986
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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Reviews

4.4
114

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 10
Undulating Greens 8
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
A Weekend Splurge 9
Advanced Golfers 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 8
Near Local Attractions 6
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens Ruined The Round

This could have been an exceptional golf experience had it not been for the speed of the greens. They were so fast it was not uncommon to see 4 putts and balls roll completely off them. Otherwise the course was in great shape and was a nice layout. Honestly, we were so exasperated we did not even want to finish the round. Glad we only paid the NCGA rate and not the regular price.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

It would have been helpful to have GPSin carts as well the greens were very difficult to read would have been nice if we could have purchased something that showed the slopes on the greens

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Fast Greens

Toughest greens I’ve ever played on. Between the speed and rolling slopes, it was very tough! Beautiful course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

One of my favorites !

First of all, I am a NCGA member. This is one of the fairest test of golf in the Monterey area! You gotta have all the clubs working when ya play here! Course conditions are some of the best! You really have pay attention to where you land your tee ball and where your approach shot land on the green.

Overall this has become one of my favorite track!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Course.

Poppy was great. Really nice shape and a great layout.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Aerated and sandy

Called ahead asking about course conditions and was told it was just a light aeration and would still play fast. They were so wrong. Along with aerating, the fairways were in the middle of being heavily sanded. Every putt was left short, played with a guy who played there often and he was having a very tough time adapting to how slow they were.

Also, played early in the morning so the tee boxes weren’t even set yet, so for a first timer it was difficult trying to find which tee to hit from. Lastly, the fog was very thick. Couldn’t see a whole hole until 7 (teed off 10 to start). I guess people here are semi used to it but for someone from Arizona, I wish I could have seen one of the beautiful holes I know that are there.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poppy Hills Golf

Poppy Hills was a bonus round on our vacation to the Monterey Peninsula. We saw it on our drive in and was able to grab a last minute tee time through Golf Now. The course was just perfect and it turned out to be our second favorite course of the week only eclipsed by Pebble Beach.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Slow

Everything was great for 9 holes and then we hit a brick wall - very slow play and ranger didn’t seem to be around to speed them up!

We (2 ball) had played front nine quickly - in buggy- in 1hr 20 minutes. The last nine took 2 hours 20 minutes!

Despite this it was a lovely course - challenging in parts - and certainly the best value in the Pebble Beach area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course, for front 9

We booked poppy for twilight golf. Error is both from golf.now and poppy mgt. they never told us that carts are Not included and that the course is playing carts

Path only!!!

We played 9 holes but paid for 18 inc carts .

Golf.now and golf mgt should tell customers what conditions are. BUMMER!!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Perfect round - looking for experience caddie for an upcoming tournament

I am looking for an very experience caddie for Poppy Hills, for an upcoming junior tournament.

Please reply if you know someone.

Thanks

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice!!!

Fairways and greens were super nice and putting was quick. Found lots of sand to play out of.

Will return

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Overrated

Did not enjoy the course at all post renovation. Why hire the same outfit to renovate when they obviously did not do a proper job the first time? Greens are hard as granite - won''t hold even high spinning shots. No rough to stop ball from rolling a mile over the green. New par 3 nothing special. Ruined the former 8th green - now the 18th by putting in a hazard that takes away the option of going for green in 2 shots. Bunkers very inconsistent - some with dusting of sand and rock underneath, some where ball completely submerged to where you couldn't see a dimple on the ball. No water, no cart girl. Lastly $25 per person for a cart is ridiculous - but throw in "Cart path only" and you have to be insane to pay the money. This course was built to minimize maintenance and water - all the other talk about a fast course is just camouflage for saving money. What a true disappointment.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course Layout is difficult have a few hidden bunkers and slopes

Big greens and slopes are everywhere. Our scores high because ball always roll off green to thick rough and need to chip again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Great course!!

Art in the pro shop helped us out big time getting us on early!! Fantastic food!! Course was Great even with poor weather and slowish play.

Would play again for sure!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Cold day of golf

Club house: Very impressive. Has presence.

Staff: Extremely helpful. Starter, cart staff, restaurant, all around very well professionally mannered.

Layout: Challenging. Very few straight holes. Slight elevation change. Greens putted at decent speed and the fairways were in good shape. Few green hole placements were questionable.

Weather kept me shivering (SoCal guy) so that was a bummer. But, overall a very nice experience. I'll definitely come back for a challenge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

2nd time on "revamped course"

It was wonderful to take carts out on the course. The waste bunkers (even tho it was my 2nd time playing in them) were a challenge. My A/B dissolved when we had to wait ALOT!!. And, as usual, the putting was a challenge. The marshall and starters and staff were very friendly. The practice range was an added help. But we are so lucky to have such a wonderful course open to NCGA.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Nice layout

Nice fairways, tee boxes, the greens were very hard and didn’t take a ball mark yet were relatively slow. The sand in the bunkers were incredibly inconsistent, I not just talking from one green to the next, I’m referring to the front bunker vs back bunker of the same green. Pace of play was good for a private course but still waited on each shot. I like to get in some range time after my round and was kicked off the range at 3:40, found that odd

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 06/10/2018

Why were you in both the front and back bunker on the same green? LOL

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice inland Monterey course

Good layout with many scenic and some challenging holes. Greens were fairly quick, most fairways had generous landing areas. If you like walking, it is a good walking course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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