Poppy Ridge Golf Course -Merlot/Chardonnay/Zinfandel, is a Public, 27 hole golf course facility in Livermore, California.
Poppy Ridge Golf Course first opened for play in 1996. The course designer was Rees Jones.
Poppy Ridge has three nine hole courses that are played in three different eighteen hole combinations. The holes are carved through the rolling hills of the southern Livermore Valley wine country. Wind that typically blows from the northwest dictates play on these courses. The three nines are all similar in length and design and have fairways that are sculpted into valleys at the base of shaggy, dune-like hills. The landing areas are roomy, though white sand bunkers will catch mis-placed drives. Water comes into play on one hole on the Merlot Course and on four holes on the Chardonnay Course.
BLACK tees: 7,088 yards, par 72, course rating 75.0, slope rating 138.
BLUE tees: 6,676 yards, par 72, course rating 73.0, slope rating 135.
WHITE tees: 6,224 yards, par 72, course rating 70.8, slope rating 130.
GOLD tees: 5,200 yards, par 69, course rating 66.8, slope rating 120.
$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2015 at 9:00 AM
Ridculously slow, especially for one of the 2 NCGA courses that supposedly prides itself in combating slow play. We are not speed demons or low handicappers, i.e. we are average and waited on EVERY hole, aprox. 2m - 6m. Saw a marshal on the front, never saw one on the back. After the 5h15m round the 4 of us had burgers and/or sandwichs w/ a pitcher with tip for $90. At least the waiter was nice. Had to sit outside in a cold wind because they were setting up for a function inside. After all we are only the golfers and NCGA members who support the facility so why should we get priority? Just to prove I'm not a bitter Bob, good practice areas and nice friendly staff
(cart included), played on Saturday, April 2015 at 9:00 AM
If your game isn't on, this golf can be very difficult. Not forgiving meaning if you miss right or left, you aren't on another fairway, it's either a lost ball or in a hazard.
Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, September 2013 at noon
Good course, the wind can be an issue on most days. I will play it again for sure.
$61 (cart included), played on Friday, June 2013 at 10am
Teh fairways were a bit thin in spots but the rest of the course was in fantastic shape. I think that courses in general should have marshalls or "Player Assistants" keeping the pace of play up. We did not wait too long on any one hole, but we were not quite able to play without a few wait-to-hit moments on the tee. Play it forward and move your ass out there guys!
$36 (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2012 at 10am
A fair, but fun challenge at a very, very competitive price for Seniors.
$36 (cart included), played on Tuesday, July 2012 at 8am
Our foursome played this course in 4 hours and had a great time. We have played this course several times and continue to come back for the value and the challenge of the courses. Playing different nine holes gives you a different venue each time.
$46 (cart included), played on Friday, July 2011 at noon
when i played the fairways were in bad condition. a lot of the fairways were roped off. i'm a 17 handicap and this course was very challenging. however it was a very enjoyable but you had better bring your a game if you don't it will be a long day. the views of the valley were great.
$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, March 2011 at 10am
3 - 9 hole course layouts, each of which provides a different degree of difficulty.
Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Sunday, January 2011 at 8am
Enjoyed the course on a day with no wind. I feel a good wind would impact every aspect of the course.
$36 (cart included), played on Wednesday, January 2011 at 8am
Much better than avarage course in that price range. I have found it very challenging. The only con is a great number of fairways are not cart accessible. I paid $39 with cart for the round.
$36 (cart included), played on Wednesday, November 2010 at 10am
Overall a good challenging course. Clean and well maintained. I like the elevation changes and the water hazards. It can be windy and there are no trees for shade during the summer. Course drains well during the rainy winter months. NCGA senior rate is a good value. They no longer have GPS in the carts.
$66 (cart included), played on Saturday, June 2010 at 2pm
The key advantage of Poppy Ridge is their awesome Junior golfer policy. My boys, ages 11 and 13, played for only $10 each!! I am a NCGA member so I also received a discount for the excellent course. But you simply cannot beat the amazing junior rate, and how they welcome junior golfer to play with their dads....I would recommend to anyone who likes to play with their kids on a quality course.
$61 (cart included), played on Saturday, July 2010 at 8am
The NCGA does a good job running this course, and the price is good for NCGA members. I played it with 23 other players, and we found the Merlot nine much harder than the Zinfandel nine. Seven of the nine most difficult holes relative to par were on Merlot. My only complaint is that the course layout is not walker-friendly. Strongly recommended if you don't mind riding.
$36 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, May 2010 at 8am
Great Value for the area, good discounts certain times of the week
$56 (cart not included), played on Saturday, April 2010 at 8am
Wish I lived closer. Love the course.
$71 (cart included), played on Saturday, December 2009 at noon
Challenging course and quite penal if you stray from the fairways too far.
Guest (cart included), played on Monday, September 2009 at 8am
$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, August 2009 at 8am
Long trip to get there. Price of $77 with cart is a bit excessive for a public course.
$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, August 2009 at 10am
Terrible greens, fairways bare, rough all chopped up. They are either slimping on maintanence or they need need grounds crew. Course is in terrible condition- not worth the money.
$36 (cart included), played on Tuesday, August 2009 at 6am
NCGA members, and over age 60, can play for $39.00 on Tuesday/Thursday
$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, April 2009 at 6am
Good overall value and challenge
$41 (cart included), played on Wednesday, February 2009 at 2pm
Have more marshall support to get pace of play faster, but then more people means more overhead, so there is a trade off.
$41 (cart included), played on Wednesday, February 2009 at 2pm
Great local course, well maintained, good challenge.
$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, February 2009 at 8am
Quality course, good staff, food, and scenic views. Play the course early to avoid the valley afternoon breezes.
$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, January 2009 at 8am
ONE OF THE BETTER PUBLIC COURSES IN THE AREA. SPEED OF PLAY IS GOOD. COURSE CONDITION IS MOST OFTEN THAN NOT GOOD. GREENS ARE WELL MAINTAINED. ONLY DRAWBACK: WINDY CONDITIONS PARTICULARLY IN THE SUMMER.
$61 (cart included), played on Friday, November 2008 at 8am
ONE OF THE NCGA HOME COURSES. VERY INTERESTING LAYOUTS...OFF THE FAIRWAYS WILL NOT BE PLEASANT...BUT YOU SHOULDN'T BE THERE ANYWAY.
$41 (cart included), played on Tuesday, July 2008 at noon
This course is a steal for the price if you're an NCGA member -- $45. Fantastic layout and a lot of tremendously fun holes. Only the daily afternoon wind blemishes this great facility. The practice areas are the best in the East Bay.
$61 (cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2008 at noon
It's the area NCGA course. As expected it is immaculate. It's a tough play in the afternoon when the wind quicks up.
$46 (cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2008 at 8am
got lucky, no wind. as a ncga member green fees were reduced
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