Supporting and promoting golf in Northern California

2016 Rules Seminars

How would you like to shave some strokes off your game? Guess what? We’ve got a golf rules seminar for you!

2016 is a Rules change year, so  that makes it a great year to learn the Rules of Golf and have fun too! These seminars will focus on using the Rules of Golf book, Decisions on The Rules of Golf book and on the issues and concepts relating to relief procedures.


Students eagerly learning the Rules relating to bunkers at our On Course Rules Seminar at Poppy Ridge.


A full classroom at our NCGA Rules Seminar at Round Hill Country Club.

REGISTRATION: To Register Click Here . Change the Season to 2016 Meetings & Seminars to see the list of Rules Seminars available and check the box for the desired Seminar.

If you do not have a computer or need assistance you may call the NCGA Rules and Competitions Department at (831)-625-4653 with your credit card and we will assist you with registering.

Format:  A review of key elements of the Rules of Golf and the Decisions Book. The format consists of a lecture using Power Point for two days and an optional exam on the third day. Participants should review the text of the Rules of Golf prior to the seminar for the best experience. Each day will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. The exam starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at 11:30 a.m., followed by a review of test questions. Plan to stay for the review as it is a great learning tool. Review will finish by 1:30 p.m.

Hotel Reservations: All attendees must make their own hotel and travel reservations. It is advisable to make hotel reservations early.

RIPON: February 26, 27 & 28; Friday and Saturday class, test on Sunday a.m., Spring Creek G&CC, (209)599-3258, 1580 Spring Creek Dr. Ripon, CA 95366

SAN FRANCISCO: March 5, 6 & 7; Saturday and Sunday class, test Monday a.m., Lake Merced GC, (650)755-2239, 2300 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City, CA, 94015

ALAMO: March 13, 14 & 15; Sunday and Monday class, test Tuesday a.m., Round Hill CC, (925)934-8211, 3169 Round Hill Road, Alamo, CA., 94507

SACRAMENTO: March 21, 22 & 23; Monday and Tuesday class, test Wednesday a.m., Granite Bay GC, (916)791-5379, 9600 Golf Club Dr.  Granite Bay, CA 95746

PEBBLE BEACH: April 1, 2 & 3; Friday and Saturday class, test Sunday a.m., NCGA Headquarters, (831)625-4653, 3200 Lopez Rd.  Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Fees for Seminars

NCGA Volunteer $100

NCPGA Member $175 (NCPGA class A members in good standing receive 16 MSR credits in the Required category)

NCGA Member: $200

Non-Member: $300

Includes: Continental breakfast each morning; two lunches; *Study Guide; 2016 Rules of Golf; 2016-2017 Decisions on the Rules of Golf; 2016-2017 NCGA Big-Little Book

*Note: Due the availability and the Rules changes, the Study Guide, Decisions and Big-Little Book will be emailed and mailed starting late December to early January.

Cancellation, Withdrawal or Transfer Policy: If cancellation is made 10 or more working days before the seminar, there will be a refund of the full amount minus a $15 administration fee. If withdrawing less than five working days before the seminar there will be NO refund. A transfer of sites made less than 10 working days before the seminar will incur an additional $15 transfer fee.

On Course Seminars

You can also learn the Rules of Golf in an informal “On Course” venue.

From water hazards to bunkers and obstructions – you’ll have an opportunity to learn and then apply the Rules. Whether playing with friends on a Saturday morning or participating in one of our NCGA Tournaments – knowledge of the Rules will greatly enhance your game. The NCGA’s Rules department invites you to attend one of our 2016 On Course Rules Seminars.

POPPY RIDGE, Livermore: Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m

POPPY HILLS, Pebble Beach: Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.

STANFORD, Stanford: Sunday, October 2, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

GRANITE BAY, Granite Bay: Monday, October 24, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

*The Fall Seminars include Teeing Ground, Out of Bounds, Ball Unplayable and Scoring.

To register, click here. After you have filled in your user name and password, on the next screen please click on the drop down arrow in the “Season” box and then click 2016 Meeting and Seminars. A list of various meetings and seminars will be displayed – click on the “On Course” Seminar of your choice, wait until it highlights in yellow and then follow the prompts to register.

Fees for On Course Seminars

NCGA Tournament Officials: $20

NCPGA Members/Apprentices: $40

NCGA Members: $40

Non-Members: $50

*Fees include continental breakfast, lunch, an NCGA Rules Bag Tag and a copy of the 2016 Rules of Golf book.

NOTE: There is no golf associated with this program.

Please direct any questions to Ryan Farb, Manager of Rules Education, via email at