The NCGA is one of the largest regional golf associations in the country, with more than 170,000 members throughout Northern California – from San Luis Obispo to Siskiyou county – and into Nevada. The NCGA is the only golf association in the country to own two courses – Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach and Poppy Ridge in Livermore.

Since 1901, it has been the NCGA’s mission to support and promote the game of golf in Northern California. The NCGA provides official handicap indexes, conducts more than 50 championships annually, rates courses throughout Northern California, publishes NCGA Golf magazine and operates a Foundation to support deserving youth.

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Youth on Course

Founded in 1989, Youth on Course is a non-profit IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that helps deserving youth develop life skills and values through golf. Youth on Course provides access for juniors to play more than 100 courses in Northern California for just $5 through subsidized rounds. More than $0.90 of every dollar donated to go directly to deserving youth.

Poppy Hills

Poppy Hills was the first golf course to be owned and operated by a regional golf association in the country. Built in 1986 by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Poppy Hills hosted the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991 through 2009, as well as the Callaway Invitational for four years. Poppy Hills has also hosted the 1991 NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship, and has been a co-host of the PGA Tour Champions PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee since 2014. The course, which underwent a complete remodel in 2013, is the headquarters of the NCGA.

Poppy Ridge

The NCGA became the only golf association to own and operate two courses when it opened Poppy Ridge in 1996. The Livermore Valley 27-hole facility is easily accessible to more than half of the the NCGA’s 150,000-plus members who live within a 65-mile radius. The Rees Jones design sends three nines — Merlot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel — through the rolling hills of Livermore Wine Country.

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