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34 SUMMER 2018 | NCGA.ORG Poppy's Growing Story W hile it's only 32 years old, Poppy Hills Golf Course has a history deserving of its place amidst the golf-rich Del Monte Forest. Originally opened June 1, 1986, Poppy Hills was the first course in the U.S. to be owned by a regional golf association. The NCGA, which was previously based at nearby Spyglass Hill GC, built Poppy Hills to serve as its headquarters and tournament home. As per hosting marquee championships, the course is no stranger to the spotlight. From 1991- 2009, Poppy Hills was one of the three host courses for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Since 2014, it has annually co-hosted the PGA Tour Champions PURE Insurance Championship. A 17-time host of the California Senior Amateur, the course's resume also includes the 1991 NCAA Men's Championship and the 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993 Spalding (now TaylorMade) Pebble Beach Invitational. In recent years, Poppy Hills has taken on a whole new look thanks to an extensive 2014 renovation performed by original architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. While the renovation centered around water conservation (particularly improving irrigation and drainage), Jones also reinvented the course architecturally – restoring each hole to its natural elevation along the forest floor, softening doglegs and contours, rebuilding all 18 greens with bentgrass, eliminating rough and introducing native waste areas that reduced irrigated turf by nearly 25%. Now, just four years later, the course is hitting another milestone, as the U.S. Girls' Junior marks the first USGA championship to be held on the course. We can hardly wait to see what the future beholds.

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