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No Turning Back: The Renovation Project is in Full Swing


nstead of watching pull carts and golf carts out our office windows, there are fallen trees, irrigation pipes and bulldozers cutting roads for materials to be hauled in for the construc- tion phase of the Poppy Hills renovation project. Right now, brown is our

new color as we say goodbye to lush fairways. It’s taken us nearly three

years to get here, as we carefully spent time on the design phase with presentations to both the Poppy Holding and NCGA Boards for their guidance and approval. Then it was on to the county phase, where a team of permit consultants, arborists, biologists, engineers, archi- tects, and traffic and air quality consultants navigated through the always interesting and educational process of obtain- ing permits from Monterey County and the Coastal Com- mission. While the process is time consuming and somewhat costly, much respect is gained in working with these profes- sionals who were so helpful and responsible to their agencies that are dedicated to the preser- vation of our natural resources and environment. The employees of NCGA

and Poppy Holding, and especially Poppy Hills, are commended for their dedica- tion to the process. Talented leaders such as Jim Cowan and Otis Goodwin looked at the design from a course-rating standpoint ensuring that shot values, distances and obstacles were carefully considered by the team from Robert Trent Jones II. Thanks to Ryan Gregg, who wore his knowledgeable “rules badge,” ensuring adequate drop areas and access points were considered for tee boxes and greens; to Aana Fitzgerald and Mark Fitch in accounting, who

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The new back tee of Poppy Hills’ first hole

are tracking budgets, forecasts, contracts and expenses to prudently manage this project; to Scott Seward and Kevin Merfeld from our communi- cations department, who are photographing and blogging the entire project for posterity and posting information on our websites for NCGA members to enjoy; and the rest of the team, which has shown interest in what’s happening on a daily basis since the project’s incep- tion; and especially to Malinda Oliver, my amazing assistant who is managing to keep piles of paper organized and appoint- ments balanced throughout this process. Thank you Mo! Lastly, there aren’t enough

words to properly recognize the staff from Poppy Hills, so many of whom we are temporarily saying goodbye to as Porter’s Restaurant, the Poppy Hills shop and cart barn shut down. Many of our food and bever- age employees have been with us since the restaurant opened and we look forward to seeing them back! To the team that has maintained the golf course, all of whom have been picked up by our contractor to assist with the construction work (as well as our pro shop professionals), thank you for your dedicated work. Change is never easy, and I am very proud to recognize this amazing staff, especially golf course superintendent

Manny Sousa, for the tireless hours they have spent get- ting ready for this project. The organization is deeply indebted to all of you.

The next steps are equally

exciting. Our contractor, Fron- tier Construction, has been a great partner and clearly under- stands our vision of creating a great golf experience for NCGA members. They joined with the Robert Trent Jones II design team and are hard at work making this vision come true. The physical construction of the property will last through Au- gust and maybe into September, when the course will be turned back over to us to grow the new grasses, allowing enough time for the new turf to mature before we reopen in April. The clubhouse will also go through minor improvements and refur- bishments from August through December as we paint, replace carpet, renovate restrooms and repair parking lot damage from construction staging and good old wear and tear through the years. The restaurant will re- open in February or March, and the golf course in April 2014. As fast as the last three

years have passed, 2014 will be right around the corner! For more information on the project, please keep up to date at, complete with webcam photos of the construction in progress!


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