Poppy Hills closed March 11, 2013 to undergo an extensive year-long renovation by Robert Trent Jones II. Poppy Hills will reopen April 4, 2014 after a renovation that will:

  • Sand cap the entire golf course to improve drainage and foster firm, fast and fun conditions year-round
  • Create one fairway cut of grass from tee to green
  • Renovate all teeing areas and relocate bunkers
  • Re-design, rebuild and reseed all green complexes with bentgrass and softer contours
  • Widen fairways and reduce angles of doglegs
  • Soften contours to help the course sit more naturally into the site
  • Add naturalized sandy areas and pine straw throughout the course, bringing the forest more into focus while reducing irrigated turf
  • Reveal a natural creek that was buried during original construction
  • Alter the yardages of par 3s to create more flexibility for setup
  • Develop an enhanced forest management program to improve playability and allow more sunlight to improve turf health
  • Renovate the practice facility and clubhouse

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  • Renovation Rundown – Everything Except the Course

    Mar 20, 14 • NewsComments Off
    Renovation Rundown – Everything Except the Course

    So by now, you’ve heard a lot about the new golf course at Poppy Hills. But what about everything else? There were many other impressive improvements made to Poppy Hills in the last 13 months to enhance the overall experience of this unique forest property. Restaurant Since Johnny De Vivo had 70 cooks working for ...

  • What Was Done to Every Hole at Poppy Hills

    Mar 7, 14 • NewsComments Off
    What Was Done to Every Hole at Poppy Hills

    You’ve heard that every hole was changed during the Poppy Hills renovation, but only Nos. 11 and 12 were significantly reconfigured. So what exactly did we do to each hole? Before we run down each hole, read about the seven major areas of focus for the renovation: -Sand capping -Rough eliminated -New bentgrass greens -Wider ...

  • A One-Post Summary of the Renovation (Updated)

    Mar 4, 14 • NewsComments Off
    A One-Post Summary of the Renovation (Updated)

    Note: The Poppy Hills Renovation Blog is tracking the entire project, from when the course closed March 11, 2013 until when it opens April 4, 2014. Trying to catch up on the 13-month Poppy Hills Renovation? Here is your tutorial: Why was Poppy Hills renovated? Water Conservation. When the project was conceived in 2008, Poppy Hills needed ...

  • Official Yardage and Rating at the New Poppy Hills

    Mar 1, 14 • NewsComments Off
    Official Yardage and Rating at the New Poppy Hills

    Curious how the old Poppy Hills measures up to the new one? Here is the tale of the tape: The new Poppy Hills gained 139 yards from the back tees, despite dropping from a par 72 to 71. The new 12th hole dropped 110 yards and a stroke to par while converting from a sharp ...

  • Hit the First Shot at the New Poppy Hills on March 20!

    Feb 26, 14 • NewsComments Off
    Hit the First Shot at the New Poppy Hills on March 20!

    You may have noticed a social media campaign that was launched last week that will give an NCGA member the opportunity to hit the first shot at the new Poppy Hills. We have been unveiling a hole a day through our NCGA and Poppy Hills Facebook pages, and on Twitter through the NCGA Instagram account. ...

  • Before/Afters For Every Hole at Poppy Hills

    Feb 19, 14 • NewsComments Off
    Before/Afters For Every Hole at Poppy Hills

    Why did we renovate Poppy Hills? Just take a look below. No more mounded fairways that prevent water from draining, mushy rough or soft poa annua greens. The new Poppy Hills has returned to its natural elevation along the forest floor, the much gentler fairways are sand capped and maintained with a state of the ...

  • A Comprehensive Course Tour of the New Poppy Hills

    Feb 18, 14 • NewsComments Off
    A Comprehensive Course Tour of the New Poppy Hills

    We can’t thank Joann Dost enough for beautifully capturing the Poppy Hills renovation. We wanted to share her amazing work with you, as well as the yardages for all five sets of tees, and descriptions for how the new holes will play. You can see from these pictures that Robert Trent Jones Jr. has eliminated ...

  • Every Joann Dost Photo From the New Poppy Hills

    Jan 28, 14 • NewsComments Off
    Every Joann Dost Photo From the New Poppy Hills

    We are waiting to get our hands on another batch of Joann Dost photos, but we’ve already got some that are making us drool. Here is our Joann Dost collection so far. She’s captured almost every hole grown in. Click on each hole name to see updates from throughout the renovation. No. 1: No. 2: ...

  • ‘Looking at Everything Through a Player’s Eye’

    Jan 17, 14 • NewsComments Off
    ‘Looking at Everything Through a Player’s Eye’

    RTJ President Bruce Charlton visited Poppy Hills this past week with a fresh set of eyes. “We are looking at everything through a player’s eye right now,” Charlton said. That means combing through the finer points of course design, such as the pruning of branches that might be in play because of new tee boxes ...

  • Joann Dost Taking Flyover Pictures

    Jan 16, 14 • NewsComments Off
    Joann Dost Taking Flyover Pictures

    We are inside three months until Poppy Hills is open again. Know how we know Poppy Hills is getting close? The course looks good enough for photographer Joann Dost to hang out of a helicopter and take pictures of it. Dost will be here throughout the week to get the best shots of each hole. ...