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USGA Resources

Helpful information about the Rules of Golf, Handicapping and USGA championship qualifying.

NCGA’s Relationship to the USGA

The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the governing body of golf in the U.S. but relies on Allied Golf Associations (AGAs) to take care of golf business in their respective regions.

As one of many AGAs, the NCGA administers Rules, handicaps and championships for members and clubs in Northern California.

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Helpful Links

About GHIN

Learn more about the GHIN platform and mobile app on the USGA website.

World Handicap System

The new World Handicap System (WHS), implemented worldwide as of January 1, 2020, enables golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis.

USGA Admin Portal

Are you a club handicap official or admin? Log into the USGA Admin Portal to manage your club handicaps.

USGA Rules of Golf Resources

USGA Rules Hub

Discover various training options, videos, quizzes, and FAQ — plus a free, comprehensive USGA Rules of Golf mobile app.

Rules of Golf Book

(New for 2023) Get the new 2023 rules update online or order the book - Player's Edition of the Rules of Golf, the primary rule publication for players.

USGA Handicap Resources

The USGA website has an extensive portfolio of handicap-related resources, from beginner to advanced. Browse videos, articles, seminars, publications, quizzes and FAQs.

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USGA Championship Qualifying

The NCGA hosts qualifiers for many of the USGA Championships. Visit the USGA website to register for these championships and review relevant policies, procedures and eligibility requirements.

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