Poppy Hills renovation underway


Poppy Hills renovation underway
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Work has begun on the renovation of Poppy Hills Golf Course in California.

The Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) is managing the process, and the renovation will be done by the design firm Robert Trent Jones II – the same firm that designed the original course in 1986.

Scheduled to be completed in early 2014, the renovation will include less contouring on greens, course-wide sand capping and wider fairways. The greens will also be brought down to the natural grade of the land and will be shifted closer to hazards where possible.

In addition, the renovation will see the replacement of the current irrigation system to improve the management of water usage. Other changes will include a redesign and lessening of doglegs to aid the natural flow of the course, as well as a renovation of the clubhouse, including the restaurant and restroom facilities.

“Providing an unmatched golf experience and value for NCGA members will always be a top priority for the Association and this project seeks to enhance that experience and make our members’ course one of the finest in the nation,” said Lyn Nelson, NCGA CEO. “There will be a greater variety of tee boxes to ensure the golf experience is remarkable for players of all skill sets.”