It’s our mission to support and promote the game of golf in Northern California

To support the game of golf, we administer course ratings, maintain our members’ USGA Handicap Indexes and teach the Rules of Golf.

To promote the game of golf, we continually enhance our programs to better meet our members’ needs.

To help our members enjoy golf even more, we offer exclusive discounts for golf rounds, apparel, equipment, travel and more.

Through our dedicated staff and volunteer corps, we deliver outstanding tournaments and events for players of all ages and abilities —championships, single day events and social golf.

NCGA has long been an innovation leader among golf associations by expanding what we do to grow the game of golf.

We respect tradition and we lead change!

Golf Since 1901

The NCGA’s roots date back to April 5, 1901 when five clubs banded together with the sole purpose of participating in the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.

In 1966, the NCGA, originally headquartered in ‘The City by the Bay’, moved to a new home – Spyglass Hilll Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

With the opening of Poppy Hills Golf Course in 1986, the NCGA became the first golf association to own and operate its own golf course – providing a tournament facility and unique benefits for NCGA members.

In 1996, the NCGA added a second course, Poppy Ridge Golf Course located in the Livermore Wine Country.

In 2020, The NCGA completed a unification with the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California (WGANC) and the Pacific Women’s Golf Association (PWGA) to better leverage efforts to support and promote women’s golf.

Poppy Hills GC & Poppy Ridge GC

One of the most unique aspects of the NCGA is that we own two premier golf courses. Only a handful of golf associations go this far to provide such great value, we were the first!

At Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach and Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore, we provide privileges for NCGA members including special rates on greens fees and discounts in the golf shops and dining rooms.

The Robert Trent Jones-designed Poppy Hills was the first course to be owned and operated by an amateur golf association in the United States – a great example of the innovative approach to member offerings the NCGA has always strived to maintain. It is both a PGA Tour and USGA Championship venue, as well as a ‘Top 100’ in Golf Digest’s Greatest Public Courses.

Our sister course, Poppy Ridge in scenic Livermore wine country, is a unique Rees Jones 27-hole design with 3 nines: Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel.

Both courses are host to dozens of NCGA Championships each year.

Youth on Course gives youth life-changing opportunities through golf

In keeping with our innovative approach to promoting the game of golf, the NCGA created Youth on Course in 2006 as the NCGA Foundation. The Youth on Course program provides youth with affordable access to golf for $5 or less at hundreds of courses, as well as access to paid summer jobs and college scholarship opportunities. Youth on Course has changed the landscape of golf in Northern California and has grown into a nationwide initiative expanding to 26 states.


NCGA Embraces Diversity and Celebrates Inclusiveness

One of the largest Allied Golf Associations in the U.S., the NCGA has among the most diverse memberships in the nation with 180,000 women and men who enjoy the game at public and private courses. Through our NCGA Foundation, Youth on Course, we also have a diverse group of 23,000 young people–the future of golf–who enjoy $5 or less green fees in partnership with YOC facilities.

We know where golf has historically been. And we know where it must go to have a lasting future. The platform for golf’s future must be based on Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion.

The NCGA is committed to delivering our vision to ensure the game is vibrant, inclusive and accessible to all.  We reject racism and injustice. The future of golf must be more accessible, affordable and welcoming to women, men and young people of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

We are proud of the diversity we see across our various clubs and we are looking at additional ways we can help both clubs and members find their perfect golfing communities. No matter who you are, we want to have a golf community where you feel welcome.  There is always more we can do in this area to introduce more diversity and equality to the game we love. Although we don’t have all the answers today, we are diligently working on new and expanded initiatives for the future.

As part of its mission to ensure the game is vibrant, inclusive, and accessible to all, the NCGA is always looking for ways to boost diversity and inclusion at facilities in the Northern California region.

Its latest addition is the NCGA’s new Reach Grant Program.

New for 2022, Reach provides qualifying public facilities and programs extra funding to test innovative programming with the goals of being more inclusive and diverse and further growing the game.

Already, two courses and one program are off and running.

  • Bayview Golf Club—Based in Milpitas, a $25,000 grant will go towards the development of a junior after-school ‘Bridge’ program that will make golf instruction more available in the communities of Fremont, East San Jose and Milpitas.
  • Tahoe City Golf Course—Located in Tahoe City, a $25,000 grant will go towards construction of a new on-site practice area specifically for juniors and women.
  • Golf for Health—Based at Haggin Oaks, this Morton Golf program—currently featuring participants ranging in age from 50-80 from the Greater Sacramento region–focuses on rehabilitation through golf. A $2,500 grant will help ensure that no one is turned away.

To learn more about NCGA Reach, please email Bryan Rodriguez at

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