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President’s Message


Poppy Ridge is a

Great Value for NCGA Members: In the summer issue of NCGA Golf magazine, Poppy Ridge graces the cover for the first time. The Rees Jones gem built in 1996 is nes- tled in the rolling golden hills of the blossoming Livermore Valley. The region has a wide array of attractions beyond golf, including 40 wineries and vineyards that surround the course. With the current renovation of Poppy Hills well underway, now is a fantastic time to take advantage of the fact that the NCGA is the only golf association in the country to own and operate two member courses. Poppy Ridge is a welcoming facility for everyone from the beginner to the avid golfer who wants to keep playing after 18 holes. Take advantage of our 27-hole special this summer, which is $56 for seniors, and $70 for NCGA members. And after a fun-filled day of golf, be sure to check out the popular and tasty Porter’s Restaurant. On the maintenance side,

Poppy Ridge just completed Phase II of its bunker renova- tion on Chardonnay. Phase I was completed last year at Merlot, and Zinfandel is scheduled for the spring of 2014. All new bunkers have improved drainage, and many were redesigned to be more player-friendly. Some have been reduced in size, and most now have easier access points and gentler slopes. Come play Poppy Ridge, and see how you fair on the three nines designed by Rees Jones, the famed U.S. Open Doctor. Poppy Hills Renova-

tion: Rees’ brother, Robert Trent Jones Jr., has made

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significant progress with the Poppy Hills renovation. Work has been done to every hole, and nine (Nos. 1-8, plus No. 17) are ready for the final step—growing grass. The new holes are refreshingly open, yet still fit naturally into the beautiful Del Monte Forest. The natural sandy areas that tie in each hole to the forest will be aesthetically pleasing, yet strategically challenging. The greens’ undulations are much subtler than you will remember, but each provides unique strategy for shots played through the air and on the ground. Follow our Poppy Hills Renovation Blog for videos, pictures and up- dates throughout the week at The next time you read this magazine, there will be grass growing at Poppy Hills. The spring of 2014 and the grand open- ing will be here before you know it. In fact, we are already taking group reservations for Poppy Hills.

NCGA Foundation

The NCGA Foundation continues to impact the lives of youth in Northern California through its Youth On Course programs. In 2013 alone, Youth On Course has subsidized more than 60,000 rounds of golf, provided 33 college scholarships and initiated the YOC Caddie Academy. We invite you to consider playing in the Youth on Course Club Cup at Silverado Resort on Nov. 7-8 to help us fulfill our goal of making golf for youth affordable while instilling valuable life lessons. For more information, visit

California State

Amateur: We are in the heart of tournament season in Northern California, and the region just finished hosting a thrilling 2013 California State Amateur Championship at Monterey Peninsula CC. We are very grateful that we were able to return to MPCC for the second time since 2007, and thank the entire staff, led by General Manager Michael Bowhay, Head Professional David Vivolo and Golf Course Superintendent Bob Zoller, for their generous hospitality. The tournament also could not have run so smoothly without the invaluable help of the staff and volunteers at the NCGA and SCGA. Both the Shore and Dunes

courses were fantastic champi- onship venues in phenomenal shape. Congratulations to champion Cory McElyea, who capped an amazing two-week stretch by beating former Junior Tour Player of the Year Bryson DeChambeau in the final match, 3 and 2. McElyea’s appearance in the U.S. Open at Merion GC the week before certainly prepared him for the State Amateur. The NCGA was also represented quite well at the State Amateur, as all four semifinalists hailed from Northern California. Tournament Central:

We are crowning new cham- pions in Northern California every week through the Junior Tour, net, scratch, senior and women’s events. Follow our daily coverage, including stories, photo galleries, video recaps, Twitter and Facebook updates, and Instagram pic- tures through our Tournament Central page on


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2013 Publication Dates Fall edition ......................Oct. 21

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