Poplar Creek Golf Course

3.3943176471 3.4 stars from 5 (303)
  • 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

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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 303 Reviews
5 stars:
16
4 stars:
126
3 stars:
113
2 stars:
29
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

239 out of 301 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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u000008010916's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



sawman123's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



U000003019563's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Greens are good"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
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Reviewed on

Greens were nice and well maintained

Fun course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Super windy"


atwkthc's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Super windy but that just helps move the game along. Well a couple jumped in front of us on 10 and it brought the pace of play to a screaming halt. Got to believe this was with approval since they had a cart. Still we adventually finished and I would say the course is still worth playing even if a little slow and windy.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"No surprises"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Little over 5 hour round was expected for a Saturday. For a muni course, it was in good condition, especially the greens. Except for a few greens, the rest of the greens row very true. Windy afternoon is always expected for this course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Morning play"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If your planning on playing in morning. The back 9 gets overbooked so there is a much longer wait getting thru the back 9. Might just replay the front 9 if patience runs out.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course



jpalvarez's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Good Value"


US28289's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a reliably good round. There are a few negatives (noisy, windy, Electrical towers going across), but the course is in good shape, fairly open, challenging enough (especially as the wind comes up) and play generally moves well. Not the place to go for scenery but tough to beat for the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
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: Good


I recommend this course


"Poplar play"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love going to this course. They do such a good job of trying to keep this Muni in good shape and I appreciate that. There are enough challenges to keep the average golfer on their toes and even those that think they can play the Black Tees! :) Even though this course is typically a bit windy in the summer months we all need to learn to ignore the wind and not let it get in our heads! Staffers are all awesome folks and always a pleasure to talk to!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course for the money"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a decent course. The workers do a good job of keeping it in good condition. And the staff is friendly.

It has some fairly easy and short holes. However there are also some holes that will challenge most golfers. The only downside is that it is a muni so the pace f play can be slow.

And the 19th hlole is always a good time


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Hot deal is not a deal"


jdiamond7's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

I'm very displeased with my experience with both GolfNow and Poplar Creek today. Poplar Creek lists all of their regular tee times priced with a cart, and then when I booked a "hot deal" the cart wasn't included and I didn't notice until afterwards. I contend that if it's normally $47 with a cart, that paying $38 without a cart (40.50 with fees) is not a "hot deal" at all. To call this a special rate does a disservice to both the golf course and to GolfNow, because it creates a very dissatisfied customer. The employee of the course wasn't particularly friendly about this. Him: "Why do you think you got such a good price". Me: "It was advertised as a hot deal - I thought the good price was the deal".

As for the course, it's right off of 101 and the highway is in the background of a few holes. Power lines are in view on a handful of holes. Some of the fairways are under repair. The greens have recently been aerated. It's 6050 yards from the tips, par 70.

There are some weird angles from the tips. However, the course plays fairly and moves along at a decent pace. Very flat. Water comes into play on a few holes. Wind can play a big factor as course is wide open. Not my favorite place to play, but it's decent, it's honest, and certainly playable.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Good value"


US28289's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have played this course several times. The pace of play is generally moderate to fast which is just right in my book. The course was in great shape even though the greens had been aerated recently. So putting was trying, but the rest of the course was looking good. The only challenge (as is common with many courses) is that parallel fairways often lead to folks playing out of somebody else's fairway which slows things down. A great course if you want to get around in a reasonable time period.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not much good to say!"


u000004319211's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

The staff has a very poor attitude. Rude service n some cases. The conditions are poor. The prices not in line with the course conditions. Changed the layout to build a less than average driving range. Bad decision.

All and all. Go somewhere else!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Staff is surly"


Ralphie189's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Clubhouse staff were rude and not helpful

Need to get some more friendly peoplr


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Crowded"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Marshall was rude, he kept telling my group of 3 to speed up the play but kept failing to recognize that there were groups in front of us, he told us that he already told the other groups to speed it up. We kept telling him that there are people in front of us and we had to wait as well. His response was "well I am getting yelled at by groups in the back nine" which didn't make sense because we were barely on hole 7. First time playing there and it will be our last time. The course was crowded and the Marshall was rude.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"A few minor upgrades could make a difference"


Tim6280949's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Needs a beverage/snack cart, more selection in the snack hut and the phone to work at the 9th.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pop the magic Dragon"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some staff think they are more important than their guests


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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