Poppy Hills Golf Course
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.
|IV (W)||71||6806 yards||78.5||146|
|III (W)||71||6400 yards||76.3||142|
|II (W)||71||5901 yards||73.7||135|
|I (W)||71||5215 yards||70.1||125|
|Tee IV M: 73.0/140 W: 78.5/146||525||151||420||400||375||205||435||175||515||3201||425||193||439||580||445||179||410||405||529||3605||6806|
|Tee III M: 71.2/135 W: 76.3/142||499||132||390||383||366||188||425||152||489||3024||397||173||397||560||421||163||392||385||488||3376||6400|
|Tee II M: 68.6/131 W: 73.7/135||463||123||370||356||332||165||389||134||457||2789||380||150||358||525||362||146||364||348||479||3112||5901|
|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|
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Hole #12 Photo submitted by Johnmaino on 01/15/2019
Starting Clock Photo submitted by Johnmaino on 01/15/2019
Deer crossing on Hole #3 Photo submitted by Johnmaino on 01/15/2019
Pano of #9 green #10 Tee and #18 Green Photo submitted by Johnmaino on 01/15/2019
Hole #6 Photo submitted by Johnmaino on 01/15/2019
Hole #3 Photo submitted by Johnmaino on 01/15/2019
Sunset on the back 9. Photo submitted by RobSlice on 10/27/2015
The 10th is the start of what Jones refers to as his "Amen Corner." Photo submitted by MattGinellaGA on 03/29/2014
The 11th is shorter than it looks from the tee box. Photo submitted by MattGinellaGA on 03/29/2014
The 18th green from the back deck of Poppy's new clubhouse. Photo submitted by MattGinellaGA on 03/29/2014
From opening day at the new Poppy Hills Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGA on 03/20/2014
Tom on the tee at Poppy Hills Photo submitted by thusseyusmc on 11/14/2012
First hole from the tips Photo submitted by Highflyerfund on 10/20/2012
lots of protection around the greens Photo submitted by Highflyerfund on 10/20/2012
10th hole, good down hill par 5, birdie opportunity Photo submitted by bhoggjr on 10/04/2012
18th from club house, great finishing hole Photo submitted by bhoggjr on 10/04/2012
Spectators Photo submitted by bhoggjr on 10/04/2012
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.
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.
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.
Good Course - Poor Amenities
My wife and I played Poppy Hills on June 27, and had mixed thoughts.
The good - Difficult, but fair course and in excellent condition. The staff was very friendly.
The not-so-good - No GPS on the carts, no towels, no water and we never saw a beverage cart. For the fees we paid, we were disappointed.
The bad - We were a twosome and had a VERY slow foursome ahead of us. On most holes, we got to the next tee before they even finished teeing off themselves. They saw us the whole time, but did not allow us to play through. Our round was almost five hours, and it is ridiculous there was never a single marshal on the course. We enjoyed the course, but will not play there again with these issues.
This course is right up there with the big 3 and considerably easier to book and cheaper as well. It is an excellent layout though tough to stay out of the bunkers. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I walked the course and found it very walkable. The only down side I could see was the beverage cart is broken and it would have been nice to see that cart since O was walking.
Very nice course
Very nice course. Challenging as you might expect but very playable.
So so Poppy experience
Played at Poppy hills today, March 27, 2019. I usually play at a club in Illinois. The course appeared to be in good shape after aeration several weeks ago. The practice green was fast but all greens on the course were slow. Bunkers were in good condition. There were intermittent very light showers but I expected the greens to roll much better for this level course. The views are very nice with beautiful large trees but certainly not spectacular.
Overall a pretty nice course.
However, the service was disappointing. Starter told me if my handicap was over 10 I should tee off from Poppy 2. After reaching the first par 5 in 2 I reviewed the scorecard which suggests 2s for a handicap over 14. No one helped me when I pulled up to the bag drop. No food or drink cart on course. No one helped when I returned to bag drop after round. No one offered to clean clubs. I had to put the push cart away myself. Staff act like it’s beneath them to help you out. Certainly not the experience one expects.
Level of service is a surprising when paying $260 with push cart for a visitor. I didn’t play Pebble Beach due to recent aeration. I may play that in the future but don’t think I’ll be back to Poppy.
Not quite as nice as expected
I know it was a little off season and the area had had a lot of rain. However, was a little rough in spots and it would seem there should have been worker bees on the course cleaning it up. The staffing inside was a little lacking in friendliness.. Would it hurt to say "Hello?" AND, playing at the first hole I kept looking at the course and the scorecard saying to myself.. this can not be right! I had a score card from BEFORE the front and back side was flipped - TWO years earlier! I was disappointed.
Poppy Hills , what a treat !
Considering the recent weather , this course is in perfect shape. Greens were fast but lots of fun. The staff is super friendly in the pro shop and restaurant.
Course was in great shape, especially considering all the rain. Fun and challenging course, worth the visit for sure.
Poppy Hills January 2019
Great venue. ET friendly and efficient staff. Lovely course. Very enjoyable.
Just an incredible experience. First class course. Tough but not brutal. Rough is forgiving. Greens are tough but in perfect condition. Highlight of the day was seeing Deer near one of the greens.
Great birthday with son
Outstanding course in a great area of the world
Course was challenging but fair
Looking forward to playing again
US Open Shotgun Fired on Target
Poppy Hills planned ahead for U.S. Open week, and the course was in stellar condition. The greens were true and fast, The fairways were well manicured, and the sand in the bunkers was country club quality. The only complaint is the opportunistic pricing for the round since they anticipated golfers would pay any price even if if only a handful of us showed up for an 8 am shotgun stsrt.