If you're a runner, you love getting outside and enjoying fresh air and beautiful scenery. And if you're lucky, you live close to or can easily access a peaceful trail with beautiful views. Poppy Hills organized and held its annual four-mile "Run Fore Fun" on its picturesque Pebble Beach golf course property on Sunday, Jan. 15. And 150 runners from around Monterey Bay quickly signed up as they recognized that this was a run to participate in -- both for the awe-inspiring views throughout the Del Monte Forest and to give to a great cause.
Run Fore Fun Benefits Youth on Course
The four-mile run raised $20k, in total, for Youth on Course, which provides opportunities for kids through access to affordable golf, caddie programs, employment, scholarships and internships. Members of Youth on Course are able to play golf at participating golf courses for $5 or less and are automatically signed up as members of the NCGA and receive an official NCGA Handicap Index!
Each player who participated in a round of golf during the month of December 2016 at Poppy Hills of Pebble Beach and Poppy Ridge of Livermore donated $5 from their green fee to Youth on Course. Players also wrote their name on a golf ball to enter into a drawing to win unlimited golf for the year. Player proceeds from December raised $16k -- and proceeds from run participation came to $4k.
Helicopter Ball Drop
At the end of the race, a helicopter hovered over the first tee green as it dropped nearly 2000 golf balls to the ground. The ball that landed closest to the flagstick was the lucky winner of golf at Poppy Hills of Pebble Beach in 2017.
This year, runners received a Poppy Hills-branded metal after crossing the finish line, a Run Fore Fun t-shirt, free Mad Otter Ale and a breakfast burrito from Porter's in the Forest.
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