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Become a member
of the NCGA

What is the NCGA?

The Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) supports, promotes, and governs golf in our region. We represent a diverse community of over 185,000 golfers belonging to 1,400 clubs. All our members like to golf, whether it’s every day, once a week, or even once a year.

Ready to get involved and access great benefits that support your game? To become a member, you must join a club — either public, private, semi-private, associate, or online eClub. Choose one you like or start your own!

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Benefits that add up

Official USGA Handicap

You need one to enter a tournament, but it is also essential to track your game improvement and engage in friendly competitions.

Exclusive Discounts

Enjoy member rates at the NCGA-owned Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge, plus many other member-only savings on golf, travel, and more.

Events for Everyone

Pick from hundreds of NCGA events for all ages and abilities with many different formats all around the region.

Golf News and Information

Stay in the know about all things golf in Northern California and beyond.

Learn More About Benefits

How to Join a Club

The way to join a club depends on the club. If you plan to join a regular or associate club, you will work directly with that club. If you plan to join an NCGA eClub, you can do that online. Here is a little more information about both of those options.

Join a Club

Join a Club

(Regular or Associate)

Join Directly

(NCGA online golf club)

Regular club


Is there a golf course you like to play or would like to play more? Chances are, they have a club that’s welcoming new members. You can ask for a Regular Club membership contact at the pro shop or browse our directory.

Join A Regular Club

Associate club

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There are also Associate Clubs, which are not linked to a single golf course, but rather formed by golfers with a common interest or affiliation. Browse our growing list of Associate Clubs and check their member outreach programs.

Find an Associate Club




NCGA eClubs are online golf clubs linked to 8 regions. You can receive full NCGA benefits with a 12-month membership for $85. Registration is quick and easy, and you are welcome to transfer to a Regular or Associate Club later on.

Join an eClub

Not ready to join? Still learning golf?

Sign up for our free online Learner Series and sharpen your game.

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Just moved?

If you are or were a member of another state’s golf association and have a USGA GHIN, you can join us and retain your score history.

When joining a Regular or Associate Club, simply provide your GHIN when you sign up. For eClubs, just enter your GHIN when signing up online.

If you just moved and do not have a GHIN number, check out the ‘How to Join’ information above.

Start your own club

Many of our Associate Clubs started with a group of friends, colleagues, neighbors, or other organization members who wanted to golf together. However, NCGA clubs are more than casual golf groups. To be an official club, you will need more than 10 members and assign designated ‘club officers.’


Golf resources for veterans

Veteran Member Benefits

Golf resources for junior golfers

Junior Golf Information

Want to renew or rejoin?

For all membership renewals and reactivations, be sure to provide your GHIN number to keep all scoring records and handicap index information intact.

Regular or Associate Club Memberships

If you’d like to renew a current membership for the following year or reactivate a lapsed membership, please contact your club directly.

eClub Memberships

If you’re a current or former eClub member, you can renew or reactivate your membership online.