Robert Trent Jones Jr. Chief Design Officer Bruce Charlton describes how sand capping Poppy Hills enhances the design features of the new layout.
“The old Poppy Hills was almost all aerial shots,” Charlton said. “The new Poppy Hills, you can go after it with an aerial shot, but you can also take these side angles and play off kicker slopes to run the ball up into the center of the green. We couldn’t do that if we didn’t have sand that drained well. The firm and fast conditions are going to be huge.”