February 10, 2017
Poppy Hills National Course of the Year Runner-Up
Poppy Hills Golf Course has earned yet another accolade.
On Thursday, Poppy Hills was named National Course of the Year runner-up by the National Golf Course Owner’s Association.
The second place award, this time in the national category, comes just a year after being named Course of the Year by the California Golf Course Owners Association.
“We’re thrilled and honored to be recognized for this award,” said Poppy Hills general manager Brad Shupe, who attended the awards ceremony at the 2017 Golf Business Conference in Orlando. “It’s a testament to our staff, our superintendent Matt Muhlenbruch and his crew and the 2014 course renovation. We strive to provide our guests and members with the best experience possible.”
There are over 11,000 golf courses in the U.S. The only course that beat out Poppy Hills for the No.1 spot was The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana.
Courses were judged in 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.
Poppy Hills is recognized as a leader in water stewardship practices and remains involved with youth-targeted philanthropic endeavors including the highly acclaimed Youth on Course program.
Muhlenbruch was recently named Superintendent of the Year by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California.
The two other finalists for the National Course of the Year award were Canoe Brook Country Club in New Jersey and Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club in Florida.
NCGA members save over $100 when playing Poppy Hills, the host site of the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.