NCGA Seeking Permits For Poppy Hills Renovations

The Northern California Golf Association has started the process to obtain permits for a complete golf course and clubhouse renovation at its home facility, Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach, Calif.

At a recent meeting, the NCGA Board of Directors approved the multi-year, multi-step process to:

* Redesign and lessen doglegs to help the course unfold more naturally
* Replace and redesign all putting greens
* Sandcap fairways to greatly improve drainage
* Replace irrigation system to better manage water usage
* Renovate the clubhouse including restaurant and restrooms

A driving force behind the renovation of the NCGA members' course is the conservation of water. The 24-year-old course has an excellent environmental track record through its 100% utilization of reclaimed water for irrigation, but the overhaul further addresses water consumption by reducing irrigated areas of turf.

It is anticipated that it will take 12-24 months to complete permitting for the work. The project will proceed with the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Group once the permit is obtained and given a favorable economic environment.

"We are excited about the prospect of improving Poppy Hills," says NCGA/Poppy Holding CEO Lyn Nelson. "We take pride in our golf course and feel this is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the layout and playing conditions. Providing an unmatched golf experience and value for NCGA members will always be a top priority for the Association and this project seeks to enhance that experience and make our members' course one of the finest in the nation."

Open to the general public, Poppy Hills offers green fees as low as $55 for NCGA members and $200 for the general public. The course is also part of the NCGA Foundation's Youth on Course program, where deserving youth can play for as low as $2.

About the Northern California Golf Association

Founded in 1901, the NCGA is the largest regional golf association in the country, with more than 160,000 individuals who belong to more than 1,250 members clubs throughout Northern California and into Nevada.

Among other services, the NCGA provides official handicap indexes, owns and operates two golf courses, Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge, conducts more than 50 championships annually, publishes NCGA Golf magazine and operates a Foundation to support deserving youth.

About Poppy Hills

Poppy Hills weaves through the Del Monte Forest. The venue hosts many prominent tournaments, including the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991-2009.
The Robert Trent Jones Jr. design opened in 1986 and is the home course for the NCGA. It was the first course in the United States to be owned and operated by an amateur golf association. The par-72 layout measures 6,857 yards from the tips where it's rated 74.3 with a 144 slope.

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