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.


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