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4.4
160 Reviews (160)
5 Stars
92
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
85.8%
Recommend this course
137 out of 160 reviews
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4.8
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
91.7%
Recommend this course
11 out of 12 reviews
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4.5
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.1
86.4%
Recommend this course
19 out of 22 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Parkland
Par 71
Length 6806 yards
Slope 140
Rating 73.0

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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Course Details

Year Built 1986
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1986) Donald Knott (1986) Gary Linn (1986) Mark Rathert (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $25
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.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2017 #22)

Reviews

4.4
160 Reviews (160)

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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Reviews 15
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Pristine and challenging

Course is in as close to perfect shape as I have ever seen it. Pace of play was just a little slower than last time but still just over 4 hrs.
Make the trip if you can!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

When in Pebble be sure to play Poppy

Can't say enough about this track! If you find yourself in the area make sure you reserve sometime for Poppy - you won't regret it! Tee'd off on a busy Saturday at 11am pace of play was perfect, played in a foursome and wrapped up our round right at 4 hours. Super friendly staff all around good food and good drinks. On top of it all the staff is doing a fantastic job managing all things Covid related. Signage was very clear masks are worn in common areas and they were doing a wonderful job managing the check in process. Bravo to the Poppy Hills team!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Probable to not go back

Great golf course, beautiful location, but really tough for a 19 handicap

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pro shop

My buddy and I were not offered range balls from the employee at the pro shop. When we went back to check with the cart employee he helped us out. As far as the course is concerned... it is in excellent condition. minus the bunkers. They were inconsistent. Some had plenty of sand and others barely had any sand in them at all. It was very difficult to judge how to hit the ball out of the trap.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 26
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 26
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

fantastic course

Poppy is not part of the pebble beach resort, but it is a MUST play if you are in monterey. find a good price online and its a steal!

course is hard & fast, holes are interesting, setup is just fairways and pinestraw---> me likey!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

GolfNow booking is treated differently

Greens were just punched, slow and bumpy. However there was no notification anywhere. Fairways were good and dry, but it’s cart path only for unknown reason.

Pro shop person doesn’t like GolfNow booking, I can tell from his reaction during check in. And when I asked for range balls, he said: “you don’t get range balls with THAT tee time!”.

Other less expensive course in the area provides free bottle water and bag of range balls. This course is too cheap.

There is no starter and marshals either.. No cart lady too. Bad service for the money.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Sunday

Course was in great condition, no pressure from playing groups, will be back again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course!

This was first time to play here....and even though cart path only due to recent rains, course was amazing! Can’t wait to play again!
Daisy at the 19th hole was super friendly too!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Super Slow Pace of Play

Pace of play was fine until we got to the back nine, where there were literally 3 groups waiting at the first par 3 on the back nine. Marshal never came out, and by the time he did, we had already teed off. The group behind us left altogether, and two people in my group, went back to the clubhouse to eat, and when they came back, we were still waiting!!!! Honestly, I had never seen this at any course in the Bay Area before, and quite frankly, I doubt I will ever come back. Three of the people in my group were tourists....I can only imagine traveling to Pebble Beach for vacation for golf, only to have the round end up like this. I'm local, so while I was not super angry, I surely would have been if I had been visiting from somewhere.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Beautiful course

This was a very nice golf course. Fairly challenging but not overly difficult. It was in very good condition. Greens were good not perfect. Pace of play was OK on front but 2.5 hrs on back and not marshaled it appeared at all. Lunch was good but came out pretty slow despite not many people there.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poppy Hills Golf Course

The Course was in really good shape, was a beautiful day, the weather was perfect, greens were good, only thing is I think they started aerating the greens, Fairways were kept nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spacing between groups an issue

The course was in fantastic shape on a beautiful day. We had a late tee time (for a threesome) and were told that we could tee off early and the course would be wide open. We teed off about 25 minutes early and very soon came under pressure from a single which we let play through. Unfortunately, we then had 3 more singles come up against us. Our pace of play was fine but obviously 3 play slower than one and we constantly felt under pressure for 13 of our 18 holes. Don't understand why the starter would send singles off one after another instead of combining them and keep the spacing between groups. Staff was noticeably absent when we wanted to return our carts. It tarnished an otherwise great day of golf. I'm hoping this was an aberration because we love the course and would like to play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Shame on NCGA

90% of Golf Courses have a Junior rate. But the one owned by a golf association (who you would think would promote youth play and promote youth rates to other courses) would give a junior discount to an 11 year old. Instead, the rather rude pro shop clerk told us “Pebble Beach” doesn’t have junior rates either and charged him the the same rate as the adults in the group. No wonder golf is dying with greedy golf courses like this.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course, staff needs guidance

Really enjoyed Poppy. Challenging but fair course in very good condition. Pace moved along nicely on an active day. Range balls were quite poor, more in line with a local muni rather than a high end facility. Seems the staff outside could use some training.a bit brusque/borderline rude. Pro shop staff was great, very welcoming.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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