Bill Satterfield

Bill Satterfield's Take on Poppy Hills Golf Course


Pebble Beach, California | Poppy Hills Golf Course

Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Year: 1986

3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, California 93953
(831) 622-8329

driving range available
motorized carts available


What to Expect:  A Robert Trent Jones Jr. design located just east of Spyglass Hill near famed 17 mile drive, Poppy Hills was part of the three course rotation at the AT&T Pro-Am on the PGA Tour from 1991 to 2009. It represents the first course owned and operated by an amateur golf association (Northern California Golf Association) and utilizes the course as its headquarters. Poppy Hills tends to be one of those controversial courses partial due to the heavily doglegged design, undulated greens, and various hills but comes under extra scrutiny due to its location near some of the finest courses in the world. The course closed in March 2013 to address some of the design and drainage issues as it prepares for a new era on the site. The course is tree lined and features enough undulation to make it a challenging but doable walk. Clearly a tier or two below some of the neighboring courses, Poppy Hills still represents a championship experience at a more affordable rate.

Signature Hole:  2nd – 174/148 Yard Par 3

Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  15th – 210 Yards

Best Par 4:  5th – 426 Yards

Best Par 5:  10th – 511 Yards

Birdie Time:  18th – 500 Yard Par 5

Bogey Beware:  16th – 439 Yard Par 4