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Poppy Ridge Course Renovation Project

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Course Renovations

Ten years after renovating Poppy Hills Golf Course, the NCGA is focusing on making improvements to its unique Bay Area golf property—the 27-hole Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore wine country.

Plans for what will be the new Poppy Ridge include the creation of an 18-hole Championship course, a Composite Nine-hole course, and selected improvements to its practice areas. Local Golf Course Architect Jay Blasi will oversee the design of the new 18-hole course and practice areas.

The project, expected to be completed in mid-2025, was initiated when it became mandatory to replace the course’s aging irrigation system, which was installed upon Poppy Ridge’s original opening in 1996.

“Upon extensive review of the property, we saw the opportunity to deliver a new 18-hole Championship course for our valued members and players of all abilities,” NCGA CEO Joe Huston said. “Additionally, we saw the opportunity to further incorporate a 9-hole course that supports our mission to ensure that golf is welcoming for people of all ages and skill levels.”

The original Poppy Ridge site consisted of three separate Nine-hole segments—the Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel layouts. The architectural design for the two new components will make the overall layout more walkable, however, carts will continue to be available.

Throughout the project, there will be nine holes always open for play for both NCGA members and the public. The Poppy Ridge site will also still be able to host casual group outings, charity outings, weddings, and other special events.

In 2014, the NCGA re-opened a fully renovated Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach to rave reviews.

When the NCGA originally opened Poppy Hills in 1986, it became the first Allied Golf Association to own and operate its own golf course. Poppy Ridge was later added in 1996.

Preview Course Changes

Progress Updates

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Poppy Ridge Renovation Groundbreaking Event

Groundbreaking Event


What are the plans for the Poppy Ridge Golf Course renovation?

Preliminary plans include concepts for creating an 18-hole Championship Golf Course and a Composite 9-hole Golf Course.
  • The 18-hole Championship Golf Course is envisioned to host NCGA Championships, group outings and special events, while also being enjoyable and walkable for players of all skill levels.
  • The Composite 9-hole Golf Course is envisioned to support growth of the game and golfer development initiatives in concert with the NCGA’s vision of ensuring golf is accessible, inclusive, and welcoming for people of all ages and skill levels.

During the renovation, will NCGA members get a discount on the nine-hole course?

NCGA members always receive favorable NCGA green fees as part of their member benefits. And they will receive specialized NCGA member rates on the nine-hole course.

Will golfers be compensated in some way due to less frequency of play and how it impacts the Poppy Rewards program?

Frequency of play is not expected to be an issue at this time. Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge Club members can continue to accrue loyalty points under the rewards program.

Will Poppy Ridge Club memberships be a reduced price since certain services/benefits may not be offered?

Poppy Ridge Club memberships will continue to be available for $99/year throughout the renovation project. Poppy Ridge Club membership fees will continue to provide access to the full suite of NCGA Member Benefits, several tournaments throughout the renovation, as well as the loyalty points program.

Will the practice areas be open?

The Driving Range will close temporarily from 3/11 to mid-April, and the Short game area and main putting green will be closed from 3/11-August. Golfers should check the Poppy Ridge website or contact the property for periods of operation.

Will the clubhouse/restaurant/snack bar remain open during renovation?

Absolutely! All guests are welcome to dine at The Grill. It is popular among golfers and non-golfers alike!

Why haven’t the Poppy Ridge Club/NCGA members been asked for their opinions/inputs regarding the future plans of the golf course?

The NCGA and Poppy Holding Board Members, along with Senior Management, have completed a long-term, comprehensive study of all golf course components within the property, and believe an opportunity exists to greatly improve the overall golf experience for all NCGA Members, while also addressing the future golf demand marketplace. The results of these studies are further supported by golfer/member input via qualitative and quantitative research and surveys.

Will this cause an increase to NCGA member dues?

NCGA Member dues were increased in 2024 after 7 years of no increases. The factors accounting for the increase include the ongoing costs of inflation along with the expanded programming. The renovation of Poppy Ridge did not factor into the increase. Potential NCGA member dues increases are assessed both annually and periodically, and an increase is not anticipated in 2025.

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