Poplar Creek Golf Course

3.4863411765 3.5 stars from 5 (352)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6042 yards
  • Slope: 117
  • Rating: 70.1
  • Layout

  • 1700 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401, San Mateo County
  • (650) 522-4653, (650) 522-7510
  • (650) 522-7511
  • www.poplarcreekgolf.com

Year built: 1933
Architect(s): Stephen Halsey (1933)
Type: Public
Greens: Rye Grass
Fairways: Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No Cutoffs or Tanktops

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 70 6042 yards 70.1 117
Gold 70 5645 yards 67.8 115
Gold (W) 71 5645 yards 73.1 120
Silver 70 5220 yards 65.7 111
Silver (W) 71 5220 yards 70.8 116
Yellow (W) 71 4768 yards 67.8 112

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 352 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
156
3 stars:
120
2 stars:
34
1 stars:
22

recommend this course

281 out of 350 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near the airport convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for walkers locals beginners   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"Nice but too SLOW"


Pjfan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
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Reviewed on

I play here sometimes when I am in town. Mostly because it’s very close to friends we stay with. I am always hopeful they won’t have crammed as many people onto the course as possible and I’m always disappointed. This time was no exception. 10:20 tee time on a Friday and it was almost a five hour round. Also while I saw the Marshall numerous times no one prevented a foursome that was two groups ahead of us from stopping at the snack shack after 9 eating lunch then jumping in front of my group. Did not help pace of play at all. I’ll be looking for a course on my way to San Mateo to play next time.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Poplar Creek"


camcarcha's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
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Reviewed on

They had a hot deals rate at noon that was unbeatable !! I would definitely play again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


rwang04's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2019
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is flat and easy to walk. Fairways are fairly wide and clear. The course is fairly well maintained with clean fairways. The greens are a bit bumpy, but generally run pretty well and offer a challenge. We enjoy coming here for a challenging (but not frustrating) round that is very walkable!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



bleong's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2019
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Eisengolf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Easy flat course. Good for ego refresh, greens are fast and are hard to read .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



bcalibjo's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good course"


phillylu24's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2019
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a good course with some challenging holes. Pace of play was better than normal today.. A new restaurant opened this week in the clubhouse but I didn't try it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"First Timer"


leespalace's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2019
First time playing Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was my first time playing this course and it was somewhat challenging due the wind and unfamiliarity of the layout. The greens were FAST. I would definitely play this course again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow boat to China"


1matureguy's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2019
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

12:37 tee time, finished 5"45 PM. But I played well enough to beat my age by 2 strokes with a 77 using the forward tees.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Good course and great weather"


phillylu24's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2019
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a good course that played very well today. We played in less than 4 hours at a peak time. The course is in excellent condition and it offers a great value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good round .. little slow"


u000005864773's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2019
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Reviewed on

Course was in overall good shape. Our round took about 4 hours and 45 mins. We slowed down on the back nine on the last 4 holes.

I forgot what hole ... par 3 ... in the bunker .. hated it because there was no sand in the bunker so I couldn’t play a true bunker shot.

The restaurant is under renovation, but they did have complimentary coffee and pastries for everyone which was nice.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Local Course"


lbijrsy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the course I go to last minute when I don't want to travel or spend a ton....with that, it can be a long round and the greens get a little beat up by the end of the day. Then theres the days when the weathers perfect and people are moving along, like today. Greens are almost healed so a little bumpy but fairways were good and the people were nice.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Easy, Playable, Fub"


u187113435's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2019
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Reviewed on

The course was in the best shap I have seen it in 20 years. It was an enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great day at Poplar"


Paul7335200's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2019
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Reviewed on

Conditions were great as was the pace of play. Mike at the Pro Shop was his usual friendly and funny self!

Awesome day!

Paul


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good course on a nice day"


phillylu24's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2019
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a good course that is not too difficult.

The course is in fair condition and it took us 5 hours to play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice course. Not too slow for a Saturday."


jessejong's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2019
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Reviewed on

The course layout is really nice and easy. It’s a flat course with some hazards. It’s easy to walk. But I did take a cart. The staff are very friendly and try their best to stick to the schedule.

Greens are nice. It was the day after some heavy rain and the grounds were pretty well drained. The greens were even fast which was surprising because of the rain


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"very good course!"


phillylu24's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Poplar Creek is a very good course that is not that difficult. The biggest problem is pace of play as the course is popular.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Wet conditions"


1matureguy's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sun was out but the course is still quite wet from all the rains.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Held up ok in the rain"


eSPG1xkvz9AJjTXL1ZPX's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2019
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Reviewed on

Greens largely drained well. Havin a group of 6 in front of us, observed by the marshal, was problematic.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



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