Poppy Hills is the first golf course to be owned and operated by a regional golf association in the country. Built in 1986 by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Poppy Hills hosted the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991 through 2009.
Poppy Hills has also hosted the 1991 NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship, and has been the tournament home for NCGA championships. It is the headquarters of the NCGA.
Poppy Hills closed for renovation March 11, 2013, and will reopen April 4, 2014. RTJ II has reinvented Poppy Hills, building a firm, fast and fun golf course that fits seamlessly into the stunning Del Monte Forest. Now a par 71, Poppy Hills features state-of-the-art drainage and irrigation, sand-capped turf, one fairway-height cut of grass throughout the course, 18 redesigned bentgrass greens, and a layout that has returned to its natural elevation along the forest floor. Poppy Hills also reduced the amount of irrigated turf from 80 acres to 60, primarily with the introduction of natural sandy areas – extensions of the forest made up of pine straw and native grasses that wrap throughout the golf course, adding both strategic and aesthetic value.