Some things will be new. The routing, with the exception of 11 and 12, will remain the same, but we are softening some of the targets off the tees and trying to keep the shot-making—especially the approach shots into the greens—as challenging as they’ve always been.
She’ll be familiar to those who have played her before, but she’s got a new dress on and she’s very beautiful.”
From the black tees (tips of the original design) several of the holes have been lengthened slightly. Others have been shortened some—most notably the 11th, reduced from a 210-yard par-3, to a tightly bunkered, 133-yard challenge with a long, well-bunkered green; and the 12th hole, which has been refined from an awkward dog-leg par-5 of 531 yards to a beautiful par-4 of 415 yards with an exceptional ocean view from the elevated tee.
With these changes, the new Poppy Hills Golf Course will be a par 71 of 6,646 yards (vs. the old par 72 of 6,863 yards) from the black tees. However, for the long hitters, there are new gold tees, back of the black tees, that will play to 7,069 yards. The old Poppy Hills Golf Course had a slope rating of 74.6/144 and the course record of 62 was set by Matt Gogel during the second round of the 2001 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The rating of the refreshed version of Poppy Hills and future records are yet to be set.