Could Poppy Hills be the odd course out at the AT&T?
Interesting story from Thomas Bonk on Poppy Hills’ fate in the yearly AT&T Pro-Am rotation. It looks like the pro’s have a problem with the drainage and the course in general.
Since Cypress Point dropped out in 1991, the $6.1 million AT&T event has used the same three-course rotation: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Club and Poppy Hills Golf Club. Of the three, Poppy Hills has been the most likely subject of player criticism, in large part because of drainage issues. Speculation has centered on Poppy Hills as the course most likely to be replaced — if one is replaced at all.
Ed Bennett, project manager for Bayonet and Black Horse said that discussions are underway that involve the course as a potential tournament site.
“There have been rumors for years since Poppy Hills came on the scene that some tour players didn’t like it. But we are in the middle of an exciting tournament at a different course and talking too much about a different product right now doesn’t seem right.”
I’m no tour insider, but I’m shocked to hear that Poppy Hills could potentially be getting the axe in the near future (*laying the sarcasm on thick*). While the course is continually ranked among the toughest on tour each year, the track isn’t memorable enough to stick around. It doesn’t have the beauty of Pebble or Spyglass, and frankly, there are plenty of other course out there that could take its spot.