Welcome to the Northern California Golf Association!

We are excited to launch the new NCGA website! It has been designed to be more informative and easier for you to navigate – bringing up-to-date highlights to our members every day.

We hope you agree it better captures the Association’s love of golf and celebrates our members’ many accomplishments on the course. And, it is intended to make it easy for you to get the best value from your membership – from providing your USGA handicap, announcing member privileges at Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge, informing you about the extensive tournaments and events we host for all levels of golfers and more. Lastly, it links you to coverage about one of the NCGA’s innovative approaches to promoting the game of golf, Youth on Course – created in 2006 to provide Northern California youth with affordable access to golf for $5 or less, as well as access to paid summer jobs and college scholarship opportunities. 

So please look around the site and find out all you need to know about what is new and better about the NCGA in 2017. And if you haven’t joined us already, we invite you to become a member today!

– Joe Huston, NCGA CEO

The Northern California Golf Association was formed in 1901 by five clubs – Menlo CC, Oakland GC (now Claremont CC), Presidio GC, Linda Vista (now San Jose CC), and San Francisco GC – with the sole purpose of participating in the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. It conducted its first championship in 1903.

Well, what a difference 100+ years make! Today the NCGA is one of the nation’s largest golf associations – a community of over 150,000 members and more than 400 regular clubs and 850 associate clubs who help support the many great things the association does for the game of golf in Northern California.

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

This is accomplished both through the extensive benefits we offer our members and the coordination and oversight of our staff and volunteer corps to deliver outstanding tournaments for players of all ages and abilities, championships, single day events and travel for members to enjoy. Additionally, the Association is responsible for teaching Rules of Golf seminars, administering course ratings and measurements as well as maintaining our members’ USGA Handicap Indexes.

We are continually working to expand our programming to better meet our members needs and help all golfers in Northern California enjoy the benefits of golf. This year that includes our new Weekend Net Tour for those who want to compete in fun events on the weekend, significantly more single-day events at premier venues around the region, as well as our NCGA PLAY! multi-facility series of brief instruction followed by short-format play and socializing.  Be sure to check them out!

One of the most unique aspects of the NCGA is that we own two premier golf courses

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

As a service organization, in addition to organizing member programming and tournaments, the NCGA provides officials for the Northern California High School Championships, the Northern California Community College and California Community College Championships, as well as major college events.

Youth On Course gives youth life-changing opportunities through golf

Finally, in keeping with our innovative approach to promoting the game of golf, the NCGA created Youth on Course in 2006. Youth on Course provides Northern California youth with affordable access to golf for $5 or less, 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 now expanded to 14 regions throughout the United States thanks to the support of the NCGA. 

We are proud of our past – but most excited about our future! Thank you for being a part of it!

We look forward to seeing you on the course.

Northern California Golf Association
Youth on Course
Poppy Hills
Poppy Ridge