4280 Greenville Rd,
Livermore, California 94550
27 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Above distances are for the Merlot-Chardonnay blend. The Zinfandel-nine, at 3535 yds from the back tees, is similar in length to the other two nines.
32 miles NE of San Jose
From I-580 just east of Livermore, take the Greenville Road exit, and head south on Greenville Road. After 4.5 miles Poppy Ridge is on your left.
Poppy Ridge Golf Course: Located in the picturesque Tri-Valley area, north of San Jose and east of Oakland and San Francisco, the town of Livermore can boast two stunning courses in its vicinity - Poppy Ridge and Wente Vineyards. The former comprises 27 beautifully crafted golf holes, laid out on open, undulating terrain, in true Scottish heathland style.
Trees are few and far between on this rolling, open and very natural terrain, where golf rather than real estate is all that's present. Each of the three attractive and equally testing nines - Zinfandel, Merlot and Chardonnay - contains an array of holes characterised by dips, slopes, valleys and ridges. Some follow the tops of the ridges, others are more sheltered down in the valleys. There are plenty of panoramic views onto the surrounding countryside (mainly used for wine-growing and cattle-ranching), especially from the higher elevations - but this too is where you will be most blown around on windier days.
Keeping to the generally good-width, but sometimes tightish fairways should be your number one goal. Beyond the first cut of light rough lies thick, ball-swallowing swathes of uncompromising grasses; beautiful to look at in the swaying wind, but as tough to hack out of in California as in Scotland.
Such is the naturalness and maturity of the golf course, and quality of the layout, one can be forgiven for thinking its as old as the surrounding hills themselves. Ask a member which of the three nines is the best, and they are likely to respond by asking you which of the three wine varieties is best - Zinfandel, Merlot or Chardonnay. Everyone has their own favourite.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.
Poppy Ridge is owned and operated by the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) as a companion course to the Poppy Hills Golf Course, which is located further south on the Monterey Peninsula. Poppy Hills is the home of the NCGA, and also a stunning tree-lined, woodland golf course ... very different from the open, heathland-style of Poppy Ridge.
7700 Southfront Road, Livermore, CA 94550
+1 (925) 373 9600Visit website
The La Quinta Inn Livermore has everything you need to stay comfortable and connected as you travel. Standard features like free wireless high-speed Internet access, a large heated indoor pool and spa, sauna, and complimentary continental breakfast will make you feel at home.
Wente Vineyards; Callippe Preserve; The Bridges; Deer Ridge (21 miles); Shadow Lakes (22 miles); Roddy Ranch (24 miles)
720 Las Flores Road, Livermore, CA 94550
+1 (925) 443 4950Visit website
Exit 54 from I-580. The Doubletree Club Livermore Hotel, nestled in the California Tri-Valley area, is adjacent to I-580 with easy access to Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose International Airports. Enjoy golf, wine country, or carefree business travel in style.
Poppy Ridge (6 miles); Wente Vineyards (6 miles)
Callippe Preserve; The Bridges; Deer Ridge (22 miles); Shadow Lakes (23 miles); Roddy Ranch (25 miles)
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