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San Francisco/North Bay Area; San Jose/South Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area
Ping G30 Driver
Adams Tight Lies 2.0 4 Wood (changes frequently)
Adams Tight Lies 2.0 Hybrid 19*
Mizuno Fli-Hi 4 Iron
Taylormade TP MC 5-PW
Cleveland GW & SW & LW
Scotty Cameron Studio
Last Updated: April 27, 2016
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Played in a Tournament on 5/19. Tee'd off just after noon on a beautiful 85* day. Wind was down, so conditions were ideal. The pace of play was ext... » More
Played in a Tournament on 5/19. Tee'd off just after noon on a beautiful 85* day. Wind was down, so conditions were ideal. The pace of play was extremely slow, but not unexpected when you play a tournament in mid-day on a weekend. 5+ hour round.
This is my third time playing here & again, I was blown away by this course. The layout is wonderful & it is a challenging, interesting course without any "hokey" holes. Great scenery! Conditions are immaculate: Greens are firm, smooth & medium-fast, fairways are lush & every lie was ideal. The rough is punitive, but not brutal. Sand in the bunkers is perfect.
The service & on-course staff were friendly & helpful. Restaurant has good food & drinks. It's way out in the middle of nowhere, but well worth the trip!» Close
Played it for the first time since the Renovation on 4/28. It's a very different & markedly better course than I remember from before. It is a tough... » More
Played it for the first time since the Renovation on 4/28. It's a very different & markedly better course than I remember from before. It is a tough course! I feel I would need to play several rounds before figuring it out:
First of all, the greens are diabolical. Not the fastest I've played, but certainly quick & smooth rolling. They are extremely undulating & visually deceptive. I often felt more like Ray Charles than Bob Charles with the flat stick in my hand. Everyone in my group had multiple putts that were simply flummoxing. They are very firm as well, so even if you hit the green with a short iron, it will often roll off the back. The good news is there are very few ball marks on the greens.
Second, the course features no rough at all. Like zero. It's fairway or forest (or sand trap, or waste area...etc.). Wonderful if you hit the ball in the correct area, but distance control factors in, or you just run through into some real problem areas. Also, all of the lies around the greens are tight. You can choose to putt from more areas, but chipping is definitely squirrelly.
Lastly, the waste areas. They provide a wonderful visual & they greatly reduce the water usage on the course, but you can wind up in some really funky places. The grasses in & around the Waste Areas are long & gnarly & most of the lies in them are far less than bueno. I played with a short-hitting older gentleman & he often couldn't carry the waste areas, although he could have swallowed some pride & moved up tees.
That being said, the course is absolutely beautiful & each hole is a joy to play. The look & feel of the course is a mix between Augusta National & Pine Valley. But don't get me wrong, not comparing Poppy to either of those Mount-Golf-More Courses, just similar elements of the design. They have a really detailed Yardage Book available & definitely make use of it if you are playing it for the first time.
In conclusion, as others have stated before: definitely a must play if you are in the area.» Close
Course re-opened on April 14, 2018 under new management. Everything else is the same, except they do not have their kitchen up or liquor license yet ... » More
Course re-opened on April 14, 2018 under new management. Everything else is the same, except they do not have their kitchen up or liquor license yet & cannot provide swing oil. I do believe they are in the process of updating their food & beverage service
I played it on 4/22 on a warm, beautiful afternoon. The course was neglected in the 6-months up to its closing on 12/31/17 & it was completely overtaken by nature through the 1st 4-months of this year (think New York City in I Am Legend). Therefore, the course is not in ideal shape.
The Bad: Some of the Fairways are still pretty wet & haven't been cut, so they are like hitting into the rough. The rough itself is long and gnarly with a bunch of grass clippings to really make your ball disappear, the tee boxes are in bad shape & the bunkers are wildly inconsistent: Some have tons of sand in them, others barely any & some are just GIR. The bridge connecting the 7th & 8th holes is out of commission, so if you have a cart, you have to drive back through 3 holes where people are hitting. A little scary indeed! Last but not least, the pace of play was grueling with a 2& 1/2 hour front 9!
The Good: The greens were rolling pretty well & the cut fairways were actually more lush than before it closed. The new employees were very nice & accommodating as well. The holes and routing are still interesting & the scenery is fantastic. Just a beautiful place to tee it up!
Overall, it needs some time to get back in shape & hopefully the new management group takes this seriously, or it's going to suffer the same fate over again. It would be amazing to see this track play up to its potential & have another viable golf option in Marin.» Close
Played it on 2/24 as part of a tournament.
As for the conditions: The course is in very good shape & the greens are quick & challenging. ... » More
Played it on 2/24 as part of a tournament.
As for the conditions: The course is in very good shape & the greens are quick & challenging. Fairways are lush & manicured. The rough is penal, but not overly. The tee boxes are almost all sanded, but didn't make a huge difference, as they are level. The bunkers varied from very good, with nice, fluffy sand to mediocre with sand the consistency of wet cement.
As for the Layout: I had forgotten what a great course this is. Lots of elevation changes & doglegs, but not hokey at all. It's not a "wow" course, except for the last 2 holes & perhaps #9, but it is a great, challenging park land layout. Most locals actually prefer this to the Ocean course. PoP was horrible, but I was playing in a tournament on a busy Saturday with a Frost Delay to boot.
A Couple of things to consider: It's expensive to play there, especially on the weekend. Also, the pace of play can be brutal during prime time, due to the "Resort" nature of the courses there. If you are looking for the "wow" experience with multiple holes on the ocean, give the Ocean Course a try.» Close
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