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Golf Course Trades Publishes my Poppy Hills Article

My first Golf Course Trades article is up! It’s my review of the architectural and agronomic changes to Poppy Hills, the great RTJ, Jr. course on the Monterey Peninsula that shares hosting duties with Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and Spyglass Hill.

You can click on the entire article here. Here’s a teaser:

Pine Valley’s playing corridors – and thus the fairways – are sixty to seventy yards wide, there is no rough on the golf course. Still, it still plays remarkably difficult. So with Poppy’s new perfectly seamless tie-ins between forest and fairways, and fairways and greens, Jones and Charlton recommended the NGLA try it too.

“We raised a few eyebrows when we suggested it. The Poppy Hills board members are al excellent golfers, and the talk was it might be too easy without rough,” confided Charlton, with a mischievous grin breaking across his face. “Then they started playing it! It was firm and fast and scores soared.””

Look forr another article next month on the resurrection of Old Town, Perry Maxwell’s last great golf design.