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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  • Environmental Case Study at the New Poppy Hills

    Jan 8, 14 • NewsComments Off
    Environmental Case Study at the New Poppy Hills

    The Robert Trent Jones II golf course architecture firm just completed its environmental case study for the renovated Poppy Hills. Taking advantage of RTJ II’s new Environmental Services Division, Poppy Hills had the following work completed to conserve water, showcase the incredible surrounding Del Monte Forest, and enhance year-round playability: -Sand capped the entire golf ...

  • Video: A Flyover of the 18th Hole

    Dec 20, 13 • NewsComments Off
    Video: A Flyover of the 18th Hole

    We got to play around with a drone helicopter at Poppy Hills this week, and we took it for a spin down the first hole, back up the 18th hole and over the driving range. Above is a view that the drone caught over the trees, looking out toward Point Lobos. Below is a view ...

  • More Knockout Joann Dost Photos

    Nov 27, 13 • NewsComments Off
    More Knockout Joann Dost Photos

    Joann Dost made a couple visits to Poppy Hills this month to shoot some teaser photos as the course grows in. She will return in January to shoot the entire course. Hopefully these shots will hold you over until then: The only brand new hole at Poppy Hills – No. 11: The new and improved ...

  • Video: The Inspiration Behind No Rough at Poppy Hills

    Nov 21, 13 • NewsComments Off
    Video: The Inspiration Behind No Rough at Poppy Hills

    There won’t be much rough at Poppy Hills. That’s good news for the bogey golfer just trying to find the fairway, and that’s interesting news for the tournament golfer. The no-rough look was inspired by the firm and fast attributes Poppy Hills will possess throughout the golf course, due to improved drainage and sand capping. ...

  • Early Joann Dost Photos at Poppy Hills

    Nov 15, 13 • NewsComments Off
    Early Joann Dost Photos at Poppy Hills

    Poppy Hills is blessed to have a long-standing relationship with Joann Dost, the preeminent golf landscape photographer. Joann was out at Poppy Hills earlier this week, and — as she always does — she captured some incredible images. Enjoy a handful of her photos below. 1st hole: 2nd hole: 6th hole: 7th hole: 17th hole...

  • The New Driving Range Has Been Grassed

    Nov 11, 13 • NewsComments Off
    The New Driving Range Has Been Grassed

    All of Poppy Hills has been grassed. That means the new-look driving range has been grassed, too. The new driving range is much flatter than the previous version, which is pictured below. On the old driving range, you could only see the top of the target poles until you hit the ball almost 150 yards: ...

  • Firm. Fast. Fun. Welcome to the New Poppy Hills

    Nov 6, 13 • NewsComments Off
    Firm. Fast. Fun. Welcome to the New Poppy Hills

    Firm. Fast. Fun. That is what the new Poppy Hills is all about. The Poppy Hills Renovation reached a milestone this weekend when the 18th hole was hydroseeded. Now all 18 holes are growing grass again. Here is the full release on the Poppy Hills Renovation, including details on how there will be one fairway ...

  • Video: Bruce Charlton and the ‘Fun Factor’ at Poppy Hills

    Oct 31, 13 • NewsComments Off
    Video: Bruce Charlton and the ‘Fun Factor’ at Poppy Hills

    The Robert Trent Jones II design firm made a couple tweaks to the drive on No. 14, but now its work is done. No. 18 was the last hole to be hydroseeded at Poppy Hills earlier this week, which means now it’s time to watch the grass grow. The construction phase moves on to the ...

  • One Hole Left to Hydroseed

    Oct 23, 13 • NewsComments Off
    One Hole Left to Hydroseed

    And then there was one. The 10th hole was fully hydroseeded last week (you can see its current state in the above photo), meaning No. 18 is the only hole that hasn’t turned green. But as you can see from the picture below, the green on No. 18 is coming along nicely. Just the fairway ...

  • The 9th Hole is Hydroseeded

    Oct 11, 13 • NewsComments Off
    The 9th Hole is Hydroseeded

    No. 9 has been one of the most time-consuming holes of the renovation, as Robert Trent Jones Jr. and his design firm have grappled with integrating the severely built up hole more seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Here is a view of the old ninth hole, which had a plateaued fairway on the left, while ...