Poppy Hills Golf Course

4.4086647059 4.4 stars from 5 (82)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6872 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

  • 3200 Lopez Rd, Pebble Beach, California 93953
  • (831) 625-1513
  • (831) 626-5421
  • www.poppyhillsgolf.com
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Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1986)
Type: Public
Style: Parkland
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 82 Reviews
5 stars:
42
4 stars:
25
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

68 out of 81 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks  

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"Poppy Hills Experience"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was our first time at Pebble, this course was affordable and in very good shape. Greens are huge and fast, the layout great and the time of play just under 4 hours walking. One of the best.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice NCGA course"


Zuoyao's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is very nice course, first time to play, and it is must play course for California golfers. The course condition is great,large green, don’t go for poles directly, use the course book to find right spot to land your ball on the green. Cart path only but easy to walk and enjoy the view, highly recommended,will back again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course, Great Fun!"


tomboyceiii's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We had a great time playing Poppy Hills. The course was in fantastic shape and the weather was perfect.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was outstanding and the weather cooperated with mid 70’s . Practice range well set up course conditions were very good but the greens were a killer extremely fast! Great golf to test you talent! Clubhouse staff were great ( with one exception) at the bag drop when they pulled out my buddies clubs wrecked the clips and he had to buy a new travel , no real effort to offer a solution or compensation were directed to a local golf shop which could not make the repair.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The Hidden Gem of Pebble Beach"


Nickagee13's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

My experience at Poppy Hills was incredible! The staff was friendly and helpful and the range was really well kept. The course is very open on the fairways and just challenging enough on the greens to keep your focus on a landing point. The fairways and bunkers were in perfect condition. The only bummer when we played was that the greens must have been aerated a few weeks prior because they were just a tad bit sandy and had me leaving putts that should have been fast falling way short of the hole. I'm sure it was just because of that though, because I could easily see those greens playing nice and pure on a normal day. Overall was very happy with the value of the course! Having played all of the other Pebble Beach courses, this one was right up there in layout and quality at a fraction of the price! Definitely recommend and can't wait to play again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Rodney2605483's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"New Poppy Hills"


fijip1222's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

My first time playing to newly renovated Poppy Hills.

I've played the course many times over the years. Enjoyed the new course layout and the total experience when playing on or near Pebble Beach. The pace of play was a bit slow due to a 5-some in front of us. This, the marshal said was an anomaly...I hope so.

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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great renovation"


noladevil's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played yesterday on a cool, beautiful sunny winter day. Course was in excellent shape, greens medium fast. The fairways are firm and fast so it doesn't play quite as long as the scorecard, but it's still a heck of a challenge that tests every part of your game. You can use some of the greenside slopes to your benefit, particularly to the right of par 3 11th and par 3 18th. Putting can be deceiving if you don't pay attention to the overall slope of the land towards the ocean. Staff was very friendly. Only complaint was no beverage cart and the halfway house was closed. The restaurant is great but its a full service restaurant and not a place to pick up a quick snack at the turn. NCGA members have a gem - great value at the NCGA member rate.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing day at a great golf course"


michaelfgordon's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Poppy Hills exudes love and respect for the game. The renovation made the course more playable and enjoyable.

The staff is awesome. The greens had been partially plugged but with the tiny plugs so no impact whatsoever; greens were fast and true.

And playing at 9am in the middle of December in short sleeves was awesome. I play here about 3-4 times a year and this is more the norm than the exception.

What a blessing to the world of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great deal for high quality course"


VictorTPatterson's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Wonderful layout. The conditions were impeccable. I haven’t played except for 9 holes on Executive course a week ago, since the middle of July. A major muscle injury that left me unable to swing a club till the end of September. So to have Poppy be the first course was perfect. Can’t wait to play it with my boys in the near future.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good time"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great golf course. Very slow play on the back nine. 3 groups deep on every tee box. No ball washers on the course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Birthday celebration golf"


Sandra5133338's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the last golf day to the Monterey Peninsula, we had already played Spyglass, Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach. It was my husband's 65th Birthday and he had his best round of the weekend. We had prearranged a caddy who was fantastic and certainly helped on all of those tricky, fast greens. We would all play this course again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course was in great shape."


Makena3658's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played with a couple that have played the course before and shared the knowledge, otherwise, it would have been a much more difficult round. Some holes on the approach don't require to fly the greed, so need to back off on club selection. This course requires specific locations to place the ball or your in deep you know what. Great value, and its in the Pebble Beach area, life is good!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


eric2617557's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This place is amazing. Staff is super friendly.

Greens are impeccable.

Great Robert Trent Jones track. Beautiful.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great day"


u000006448075's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was amazing. Course is in great shape. Greens were tough but fair. Overall a great day. Golf now had great rates.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Terry7734893's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Hooked"


u739958523's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This place is gorgeous. You get unlimited balls at the range before your tee time. The staff was friendly- even though we don't have the best of golf equipment(beginners golf set)- they still treated us with a lot of respect. We had two newbies in our foursome and based on how they played, make sure to take a lot of balls. The views are spectacular, beautiful greens and the club house is awesome.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u000002890824's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Very Enjoyable"


jmeyers3012's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played in the late afternoon and finished in 4 1/2 hours, which is good for a public course. The price/value at Poppy is great.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Decent but not great."


Deezputts's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Played a practice round with my daughter today. My 2 cents about Poppy Hills. All pro shop staff were a bit too arrogant for my liking. Then, range attendant was quite rude to us before our round. He was an older man who whistled at me, ensuring I checked in before hitting the range. Tee time was 3:30 because my daughter is a member of the youth on course. (Excellent program for junior golfers). This was our first time out since the remodel, so was excited to see the changes. Old hole #10 is now #1. Would have been nice to have signage or a map to figure that out. The course is mostly how I recalled it, except for the addition of new bunkers in the fairway ( typical of RTJ jr designs) and more undulating greens. Speaking of the greens, they were mostly rock hard and very dry. High iron shots hit the center of the green and roll off the back and into a bunker, ridiculous! This seemed to be the case more so on the front than on the back. Fairways are wide open on most holes, but bunkers are placed in good locations. Tee boxes/bunkers were in good condition. On the course, there were no places to clean your ball and no watering stations. Snack bar was closed at the turn. There was a place to fill up your water container however. Restaurant was closed at 6pm, another disappointment. Definitely not worth paying 200/round. Join the NCGA and play a discounted rate at this course. Even as a member, still not sure it's worth the price. IMO, the course was great the way it was. The course was challenging enough with the tree lined fairways, rough, doglegs, elevation change, and wind/weather. Sure the greens needed updating and removing the rough was a great change. But the orher "enhancements" ruined the Poppy Hills I always looked forward to playing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



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