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POPPY RIDGE We Are Down With Brown


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ike most courses throughout California, Poppy Ridge is under mandatory irrigation water restric- tions in 2014. The local water purveyor has insti- tuted a mandatory 25% water reduction for untreated water customers. Poppy Ridge has been able to keep the playing conditions at a high level by discontinuing irrigation of the driving range, plus fescue and native grass areas. It is also not refilling the decorative ponds throughout the course. So don’t be alarmed by brown landing zones when


you warm-up on the range—the course is doing its part to conserve water during California’s drought.


POPPY RIDGE Clubhouse Refreshed


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ecent visitors to Poppy Ridge may have noticed a refreshed interior of the clubhouse. There’s now new flooring throughout the building, as well as


new paint and wallpaper, new countertops, new furni- ture and tile work in the bar.


POPPY RIDGE FootGolf is Coming to Poppy Ridge


Are you ready for some FootGolf? Poppy Ridge has joined the American


Bunker Renovation Project Completed


he third and final phase of Poppy Ridge’s extensive bunker renova- tion project concluded with work finishing on the Zinfandel nine. The three-year, $750,000 project replaced every bunker on the prop-


erty by removing old contaminated sand, repairing drainage, replacing the lining of the bunkers and installing new sand.


FootGolf League, and will offer a nine- hole course routed through the Zinfandel nine in November. The goal is to expand to an 18-hole course in the spring. FootGolf is what it sounds like—golf with a soccer ball. FootGolf has adapted most of the rules, etiquette, and even the zany outfits that golf boasts, and 21-inch holes are cut on the borders of existing golf holes. There are typically two FootGolf


holes for every one golf hole. An 18-hole FootGolf round at Haggin Oaks in Sacra- mento has averaged less than two hours. “We want it to be a really good


FootGolf course where the ball really rolls out,” Poppy Ridge General Manager Todd Cook said. “It’s pretty amazing to see how far the ball rolls out. There’s a lot of strategy.” Poppy Ridge is not alone in embracing


The new bunkers on the first hole of Poppy Ridge’s Zinfandel nine.


FootGolf. There are more than 250 Foot- Golf courses in the United States in 40 different states, including 40 in California. “I think it’s something that 100 courses could do in Northern California,” said Brad Shupe, the general manager of Poppy Hills/Ridge.


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