Membership Questions?

What are the benefits of being a NCGA member/where can I find a list of member benefits?

NCGA membership includes an official USGA Handicap Index, discounts at courses all over Northern California with exclusive member rates at Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge, tournaments, member outings, and more. For a full list of benefits, visit Member Benefits

What are the member rates at Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge?

Poppy Hills:
Members: $85 (MON-THU) / $115 (FRI-SUN)
Guests (Accompanied by NCGA Member): $115 (MON-THU) / $145 (FRI-SUN)

Visit PoppyHillsGolf.com

Poppy Ridge:
Members: $69 (Mon-Fri) / $89 (Sat & Sun)
Guests (Accompanied by NCGA Member): $82 (Mon-Fri) / $104 (Sat & Sun)

Visit PoppyRidgeGolf.com

Where can I find a list of the discounts?

Visit https://ncga.org/membership/member-benefits/ to get an overview of the benefits and discounts, then  follow the links to learn more. To get access to the specific discount codes, you will need to log into the Member Area

Where can I find information about golf courses?

We have a comprehensive online directory with search capability and access to a wealth of information on all the golf courses in Northern California. Check it out here!

When will I receive my NCGA/GHIN number?

NCGA membership can take up to 24 hours to activate. Once active, you will be emailed your GHIN number within one hour of joining the NCGA. If you have joined through a course or club, you will be emailed your GHIN number once your club administrators have processed your application. If you do not receive the email or have any questions regarding your GHIN #, please contact our office or member@ncga.org.

I can’t remember my GHIN number - How do I find it?

We’re here to help! You can contact your club directly, or email us at member@ncga.org with your name, email address, mailing address, and birthdate – the more information you provide, the easier it is for us to find you!

Regular Club, Associate Club, eClub - Which club is the best fit for me?

The NCGA has three types of clubs you can join: Regular Club, Associate Club, or eClub. We’re sure one is the perfect fit for you!

Regular Clubs are clubs that are based out of “green-grass” golf courses or facilities. Dues vary from club to club and often include club benefits in addition to NCGA member benefits.

Associate Clubs are clubs formed by a group of golfers with similar interests, not connected to a specific golf course or facility (think fraternal organization, employee golf club, church group, etc.). Dues vary from club to club and often include club benefits in addition to NCGA member benefits.

eClubs are online based, and are a quick and easy way to receive full NCGA member benefits. Visit ncga.org/join-renew to join the eClub in your region. Dues are $79 per year, and membership lasts a full 12-months from your start date.

I’ve joined an eClub - How long will my membership last?

eClub membership lasts for a full 12-months from your starting date. For example, if you joined on July 1, 2019, your membership will be valid through June 30, 2020.

How do I renew my membership?

Regular and Associate Club members should contact their club directly to renew for the following year. eClub members can renew online at ncga.org/join-renew. Be sure to provide your same GHIN number to keep all scoring records and handicap index information intact.

I’ve had a GHIN number before; can I use the same one if I rejoin the NCGA?

It depends on how long ago your membership was active. GHIN automatically deletes inactive GHIN numbers after three years. If it has been three years or longer, you will be assigned a new GHIN number. If you’re unsure whether or not your GHIN number has been deleted, feel free to contact our office or member@ncga.org and we can check for you.

Can I keep the same GHIN number and transfer my membership from one club to another and/or another golf association?

Should you join a new club and/or golf association, please do so using your existing GHIN number. However, please know that your NCGA membership is non-transferable, meaning that you will need to pay for another membership with each club that you join and there are no discounts for having multiple memberships.

How do I cancel my NCGA membership?

If you need to cancel your NCGA membership, please contact your club directly. The NCGA does not activate or deactivate any club members for Regular or Associate Clubs. If you are an eClub member and would like to cancel your membership please contact our office or member@ncga.org. A member of our staff will be able to cancel your membership and/or remove any future auto-renewal payments.

What is a multi-member?

A multi-member is a member of more than one NCGA club.

How do I update my mailing address?

Please update your mailing address online here. Out of state members will need to contact our office or member@ncga.org

How do I update my email address?

Please update your email address online here.

Does the NCGA have an app to post scores on?

Yes, we offer the “my NCGA” app available for smartphones and tablets. You may download it for free to post your scores and check your Handicap on the go. It is available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The NCGA app is not working, what should I do?

If you’re having trouble logging into the app, try updating it to the latest version and/or deleting it then re-downloading it.

Does the NCGA do anything for Hole-in-Ones?

Yes! If you get a hole in one, fill out and send us the hole-in-one entry form found under Membership/Hole-in-One Sweepstakes. You will then receive a congratulations ball marker, your name will be posted on the website and you’ll be entered in a drawing held the first week of January for a chance to win a free round of golf for you and three friends at Poppy Hills or Poppy Ridge!

Can a spouse and/or family join at a discounted rate?

As a non-profit, we are reliant on member dues and do not offer family or spousal discounts.

Do you offer senior, military, or student discounts for membership?

NCGA Clubs are autonomous, so contact your respective club and see what they have to offer. If you are a Veteran, you can also apply for a special NCGA Veteran Membership Card.

We have more than one member in our family; can we just have one NCGA magazine delivered to our home?

Yes, contact member@ncga.org and we will be happy to accommodate your request.

What’s the youngest you can be to join the NCGA?

There are no age limits on membership, though we do encourage members ages 6 – 18 to join Youth on Course for access to golf for $5 or less.

How do I turn off my eClub auto renewal?

If you would like to turn off your auto renewal, please fill out this form or contact our office at member@ncga.org

I’m an eClub member, are there tournaments I can play in?

Yes. As an active eClub member, you will receive emails regarding upcoming eClub tournaments about twice a month. You can also check the eClub tournament calendar.

When does the eClub tournament schedule get released?

Typically, the tournament calendar is released in January. The season begins in February and runs into November. eClub members are encouraged to play in the NCGA Weekend Net Tour throughout the year which provides more playing opportunities. The schedule follows the NCGA Championship qualifiers, with 2 season-long match play events and club championship.

Where can I register for eClub tournaments?

Members need to create an account on the USGA tournament management site, golf genius. Please visit our NCGA website for instructions on how to register your account and sign up for events.

I didn’t get a receipt, how do I know my payment went through?

If you do not receive a receipt for your payment, it is possible your email was entered incorrectly. Please check your bank statement before signing up again, if the payment went through contact our office or member@ncga.org to ensure your activation and correct your email address if need be.

NCGA Events and Rules Questions?

How do I register for NCGA tournaments?

You may register online, through your club, or by contacting our office. To register online, visit https://ncga.org/play/register-for-a-tournament/ and either log in or create a new log in. A full list of tournaments can be found on the NCGA Championships page; however, not all tournaments are conducted by the NCGA. To obtain eligibility information and entry forms for events that are listed without an NCGA logo, please call the club hosting the tournament.

If you are looking for Weekend Net Tour one-day tournaments, visit Weekend Net Tour.

I can login to post a score but I can’t log in to register for a tournament, what should I do?

Your login to post a score and your login to register for an event are different. If you have not registered for an NCGA event before, create a login here using your GHIN number and last name.

It’s within seven days of the tournament and I haven’t received my information sheet/pairings. What should I do?

Check our Pairings/Results page or contact the Rules and Competitions Department at (831) 625-4653 as soon as possible. You may also want to check your junk/spam folder, as emails with links (such as the link to your pairings) are sometimes flagged as spam.

How do I withdraw from a tournament I can no longer play in?

For an individual event, you must officially withdraw from the tournament by contacting the Rules and Competitions Department at (831) 625-4653 or emailing tournaments@ncga.org before the day of the tournament. Failure to do so will deem you a NO SHOW and you will be suspended from all NCGA play for one year. If you are withdrawing from a club event you should follow the instructions above and in addition, contact your club official so that, if applicable, a substitution can be found.

Can I play in a tournament regardless of my skill level?

We have tournaments for all skill levels to participate in. To determine if you are eligible to play in a particular tournament, visit our NCGA Championships page.

I’m a junior, are there tournaments I can play in besides the Junior Championship?

Yes. The NCGA and NCPGA offer the Junior Tour of Northern California for boys and girls, ages 10-18. The tour consists of 36-hole events on weekends in the spring and fall, and weekdays in the summer. Entry fees are $130 per event and include golf and lunch each day. Membership in the Junior tour is required; it is $60 and includes a NCGA membership.

Can I learn the rules of golf through the NCGA?

The NCGA offers several opportunities to learn the Rules of Golf, you can visit our Rules Resources page or you can attend one of our seminars. We offer Online Rules School and two types of in-person seminars: (1) our Rules Seminars from January-March are two days with an optional exam given on the third day; (2) our On-Course Rules Seminars given different times of year cover various situations in an on-course setting and run from 8am-3pm. For more information about our Rules Seminars, visit Rules Education.

Is there a Rules of Golf app?

The USGA offers a Rules of Golf app available for smart phones and tablets. You may download it or purchase it with additional features from your device’s app store. The NCGA does not have a separate Rules of Golf app.

I have a specific Rules question, where can I get the answer?

For a list of common Rules questions, click here. If your questions cannot be answered through the link provided, please call our rules hotline (831) 622-8229. You may also submit a question to our Rules Expert at Ask the Rules Expert.

What is the NCGA points system and where can I find a full list of tournaments?

The NCGA points system is used to select team members for competitions against other regional golf association as well as determine the NCGA Player of the Year, Senior Player of the Year, and Women’s Player of the Year. There are currently more than 100 tournaments in the points program, including all USGA and NCGA championships, as well as city, county, and regional tournaments. A complete listing can be found here.

How does a tournament become a points event?

Tournament sponsors or officials wishing to have their event recognized as a NCGA points tournament should contact the Rules & Competitions Office at the NCGA for an application form. Upon review, the NCGA staff will make a recommendation to the NCGA Tournament Committee to approve or deny the application.

Does a player have to be a NCGA member to compete in points tournaments?

A player must be a NCGA member to compete in a NCGA championship and earn points in any other points events. This is especially important in four-ball events; unless both players are NCGA members no points are awarded.

What age limit does the NCGA set for Senior points tournaments?

A player must be 55 years of age or older by the start of the championship to receive senior points and to be eligible for the Senior Player of the Year award. We recognize that some senior events set their limit at 50 years of age. If a player between 50 to 54 earns points in any senior point tournament, the player will not receive points on either (regular or senior) list. The order of finish among players 55 and older will determine the distribution of points. For example, if a player 50 to 54 finishes first, the player would NOT receive those points towards the regular points list, and the points will go to the highest finish among the 55 and older players.

What is a Member Outing and where can I learn more about them?

Member Outings are a chance for members to play country clubs and exclusive (remove) resorts throughout Northern California. The schedule for these outings and trips is usually released in January. As an active NCGA member, you will receive an email with the calendar of events. You can also find the yearly schedule here.

What courses can I expect to find on the Member Outings schedule?

Member Outings are held at private and resort clubs on their day of closure (generally Mondays). Clubs that we usually visit each year include Lake Merced, Pasatiempo, and Edgewood Tahoe. We also take trips to golf destinations like Bandon Dunes, Scotland, and Ireland.

What is the Weekend Net Tour?

The NCGA Weekend Net Tour is a year-long event program on weekends for net (using handicap) play, with players divided by skill using flights. Events are held around the region with various formats of play used. Optional skins games are available, and gift cards are awarded to winners of the flights. A Player of the Year system is also used to determine qualification for the playoff event and 40 player Tour Championship, before concluding with that season’s Player of the Year

When does the Weekend Net Tour schedule get released?

We anticipate releasing the schedule of events in January. You can expect to find events from February through October, with about 35 events total.

Course Rating & Handicap Questions?

How do I establish a Handicap Index?

By USGA decree, only a club can issue a Handicap Index, so the first step is to join an NCGA member club (click here). Once a member, you will be issued a GHIN number (GHIN is a handicap service provider operated by the USGA out of New Jersey). You must post a minimum of five 18-hole scores (or ten 9-hole scores) before a Handicap Index can be issued. Handicaps are only issued on the 1st and 15th of each month. An eRevision heralding your updated handicap will be emailed to you on these dates. Until you have the prerequisite number of scores, no handicap (NH) can be issued to you.

How is a Handicap Index calculated?

As a Handicap Index is intended to represent a golfer’s “potential” ability, it is based on your better scores, ideally the best 10 of your most recent 20. Click here for details on the mathematics of handicapping (Section 10-2):
https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/handicapping/handicap-manual.html#!rule-14389

I didn’t receive my updated Handicap, what should I do?

GHIN attempts to deliver an eRevision up to three times before discontinuing. Check your spam folder and be sure to add revisionupdate@ghin.com to your safe sender list. You may also contact our Handicap Department at handicap@ncga.org to be provided with a copy of your eRevision.

I posted a score wrong, what should I do?

Contact your club’s handicap chairperson as he/she has the ability to edit/delete member’s incorrect scores. If you’re an eClub member, please contact NCGA directly at member@ncga.org.

I posted a score wrong, what should I do?

Contact your club’s handicap chairperson as he/she has the ability to edit/delete member’s incorrect scores. If you’re an eClub member, please contact NCGA directly at member@ncga.org.

Why is my handicap index listed as 'NH'?

This stands for No Handicap. If you are a new member and in the process of establishing your handicap index, it will show up as NH until you have submitted at least 5 18-hole scores or 10 9-hole scores. Since the handicaps are calculated on the 14th and last day of the month, there may be a delay between your score submission and the next revision period.

How do I post a 9-hole score?

When posting a 9-hole score, be sure to switch the setting from 18-hole score (the default) to “9-hole score.” Verify which 9 holes you played (Course, tees, front or back). Your score will be combined with the next 9-hole score you post to create an 18-hole Combined score; until then it will have no impact on your Handicap Index.

I went to post my score from a Par 3 course and didn’t see the course on the NCGA website. Can I still post the score?

No. The USGA requires a nine to measure at least 1,500 yards and include one par 4 where a scratch golfer would hit a driver in order to issue a Course and Slope Rating. Without such ratings, a score cannot be posted.

Where can I find my most recent scores posted?

To view your most recent scores, you can login at NCGA.org, perform a Handicap Lookup, and click on the “Recent Scores” tab above the table. You may also view your recent scores on the NCGA App by selecting “Stats.”

Why is there an “R” after my Handicap Index?

An “R” signifies that your Handicap Index has been Reduced due to exceptional tournament scores. As previously stated, the goal of the USGA Handicap System is to issue a Handicap Index which best represents a golfer’s “potential” ability. “Potential,” for these purposes, is measured by a review of a golfer’s best 10 of 20 most recent rounds, AND, by a review of a golfer’s two best T-scores of the past twelve months. Basically the System examines the size of the gap between a golfer’s current best 10 of 20 number and the average of the two T-scores. If the System feels the gap is too wide, an automatic Reduction kicks in. This is how every Handicap Index in the country is computed. Click here for the mathematics of a Reduced handicap (Section 10-3):
https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/handicapping/handicap-manual.html#!rule-14389

Will the “R” be removed from my Handicap Index?

Your Handicap Index will be re-calculated every eRevision using eligible tournament scores, which may maintain, alter, or remove the R designation. Generally speaking, the R will remain in place as long as the gap between your current best 10 of 20 number and the average of your two best T-scores remains wide enough. In most instances, once one or both of the low T-scores expire (i.e., become more than twelve months old), the R will go away. In the meantime, if your club Handicap Committee feels that the reduced Handicap Index does not accurately reflect your potential ability (or if you have sustained an injury or health setback since the time of the low T-scores), they need to contact the NCGA Handicap Department accordingly to have the R removed.

What is a tournament (T) score?

A tournament score is one made in a competition organized and conducted by the committee in charge of the competition. Clubs should only designate their most important events as tournament scores.

How long do tournament scores (T-scores) stay on my scoring record?

T-Scores are kept for a minimum of one calendar year form when they are posted or longer if they are still within a player’s current 20-score history.

Can I get my Handicap adjusted due to an injury that kept me from playing golf for months?

Yes. Contact your club’s handicap chairperson/committee as they have the authority to adjust a player’s Index due to an injury.

What is a scratch golfer?

A scratch golfer is one who can play to a course handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses.

What is “peer review?”

Peer review allows players to gain an understanding of another player’s potential ability in order to form a reasonable basis for supporting or disputing scores that have been posted.

What constitutes the new rule of a “golfer not playing alone?”

As long as someone accompanies you during the round for at least 7 holes e.g. caddie, friend riding in golf cart, opponent, fellow competitor, child, etc. that can attest to your score, the player is not considered to have played and the score may be posted.

I am playing against golfers who wish to play against a different set of tees than me. Can we still have an equitable competition?

In such a circumstance, an equitable competition can be achieved, but you must take into account the players’ course handicaps from the tees they are playing and the difference in course rating between the set of tees being played by all competitors. Section 3-5 of the USGA Handicap System explains this further.

What is a course handicap and how do I calculate it?

A player’s course handicap refers to the number of strokes they receive based on their Handicap Index on a specific set of tees at a specific course. You can calculate your course handicap by:

  • Using the NCGA “Course Handicap Tables” located at each course in our region
  • Using the free NCGA mobile app
  • Inputting the course information to the USGA Course Handicap Calculator

What is Equitable Stroke Control and how do I use it?

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores in order to make a Handicap Index more representative of a player’s potential ability. ESC sets the maximum score a player can post on any hole in a given round based on their course handicap, as follows:

Course Handicap Maximum Number on Any Hole
9 or less Double Bogey
10-19 7
20-29 8
30-39 9
40+ 10
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