December 12, 2016
Poppy Hills Named Course of the Year Finalist
Poppy Hills Golf Course is one of four golf courses from across the nation that has been selected as a finalist for National Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owner’s Association.
The National Course of the Year Award honors a member demonstrating four criteria: exceptional quality of the course, exceptional quality of the ownership and management, outstanding contribution to its community and significant contribution to the game. The Course of the Year Award winners come from the NCGOA’s core membership, which make an outstanding contribution to the sport in their markets and are model operations to their peers.
Owned by the Northern California Golf Association, Poppy Hills has hosted the PGA Tour’s First Tee Open since completing its own award-winning renovation in 2014. The course has become a leader in both water stewardship practices and remains involved with youth-targeted philanthropic endeavors including the highly acclaimed Youth on Course program.
In 2015, Poppy Hills was named Course of the Year by the California Golf Course Owners Association. Other accolades since the renovation include being named Best New Course (Best U.S. Semi-Private Renovation by Golf Magazine and Best New Course (Renovation) by Golf Digest.
“We’re honored and excited to be named a finalist for this prestigious award,” Poppy Hills General Manager Brad Shupe said. “We’re also thrilled for our members who call Poppy Hills home.”
The three other finalists for National Course of the Year are The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort (Indiana), Canoe Brook Country Club (New Jersey) and Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club (Florida).
All finalists will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the 2017 Golf Business Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 7-9. The winner will be announced at the Celebration Dinner on Thursday, February 9.