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FAQs | Northern California Golf Association
Supporting and promoting golf in Northern California



How do I become an NCGA member?

The NCGA is an association of golf clubs. You must join the NCGA through an NCGA club. There are two types of NCGA golf clubs: regular (affiliated with golf courses) and associate (no affiliation with a golf course facility). NCGA eClubs (regional associate clubs based via the Internet) are a new type of associate club. An associate club is a group of 20 or more members who play golf on a regular basis and have a reasonable opportunity to play golf with one another. Associate clubs can be found just about anywhere, including work places, social groups, etc. If you want to find a club that is seeking new members, click here.

Why should I join the NCGA? I don't really need a handicap.

NCGA membership is much more than a handicap and tournaments. It’s the best ticket to reduced spending on golf available in the region. One round at NCGA member-owned Poppy Hills or Poppy Ridge saves enough money to cover the cost of membership. Don’t want to travel? NCGA members can make starting times at preferred rates utilizing the NCGA Member Tee Time Portal.

What kind of money can I save through NCGA membership?

You can save more than $100 on the public rate at Poppy Hills, and up to $55 off the public rate at Poppy Ridge. Members also save 20% in the golf shops and 10% in the restaurants at both courses, and receive free lessons and club fittings. A host of discounts on golf, food and beverage and merchandise are available. Free clinics, club fittings and a bevy of savings from partner companies allow a member to save many times over the investment in membership.

Are there any non-golf discounts?

Yes. Savings on lodging, travel and entertainment are part of a comprehensive benefits package.

I'm not a serious golfer and will never play in a tournament why should I join?

Your membership delivers much more value than just tournaments. In fact, while tournaments are a very popular benefit to many members, the majority of NCGA golfers never enter one, choosing instead to utilize the many other benefits that come with membership.


What do I do if I have a change of address or name change?

Contact your NCGA club. The club will change the address or spelling of your name and transmit the change. If your address changes, inform your club IMMEDIATELY. Your address must be current and correct in order for you to receive your NCGA membership card as well as the NCGA Golf magazine and information from your club.

How do I become an association member?

The NCGA Association Membership is a way for members of the Pacific Women’s Golf Association (PWGA) and the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California (WGANC) to access and connect with golf in Northern California. A membership in the NCGA offers golfers from the two women’s associations an exclusive opportunity to complement the benefits offered by their home associations.. Visit this link for more information.

What is the definition of 'multi-member?'

A multi-member is an NCGA member who belongs to more than one NCGA club. Players are issued only one NCGA number no matter how many NCGA clubs he or she joins. To ensure that all scores will be routed to your score file, provide all clubs with your existing number.

Holes in One

I just made a hole-in-one. What should I do?

The entry form is available for download on the NCGA’s website.  The requirements to register your hole-in-one with the NCGA are that the course must be an NCGA course, and you must post the score to be eligible. Please refer to the entry blank for other requirements.


How often are handicap indexes updated on the website?

A Handicap Index is issued through your NCGA club and updated on the first and 15th day of each month per the NCGA’s revision schedule (cut-off dates for handicap revisions are the 14th and the last day of the month). The initial screen of scores displayed is merely a snap shot in time and shows the scores that were used in your current Handicap Index calculation.

A golfer added after the cut-off dates will see only partial membership information displayed on the website along with an NH (No Handicap Index).

Golfers not active through a golf club will not have information displayed.

Can I post my scores over the Internet?

Yes.  The NCGA/GHIN Handicap System allows clubs the option to have their members post scores via the Internet. Such an option is designed to fill in for those occasions when a golfers may not be able to post their scores at the golf course at which they completed their round (i.e., rounds completed at dusk when the posting PC is not available). More on posting a score

How often are handicap indexes updated on the website?

All score changes, corrections and deletions must be performed by a club official at the club computer. For non-electronic clubs, a club official must notify the NCGA in writing of the appropriate score change.

My Handicap Index has an 'R.' What does this mean?

How do I obtain my index every month?

You can view your current index and 20 scores (as of the most recent revision) directly through our website. Insert your NCGA/GHIN number in the box labeled “Member Login: Check Handicap Index” to view your current index or register your e-mail address to have the Handicap Index e-mailed to you on the 1st and 15th of each month. Your e-mail address can be registered on the homepage of the NCGA website.

Rules and Competitions

I cannot play in a tournament in which I am entered. How do I withdraw?

If it is an individual event and it is before the day of the tournament, you need to contact the NCGA at (831) 625-4653 and officially withdraw through the Rules and Competitions Department. If you do not officially withdraw you will be considered a NO SHOW, and will be suspended from all NCGA play for one year, including the event where the violation occurred. If you are withdrawing from a club event, you must follow the instructions above. In addition, you should call your club official and notify him or her so that, if applicable, a substitution can be found. Only the club official can call in a substitution.

Where do I find entries for the tournaments listed in the calendar of events?

The tournaments that have an NCGA logo are NCGA events. Online registration is available, or you may enter through your club, or contact the NCGA office. All other tournaments are not conducted by the NCGA. To obtain tournament eligibility information and entry forms, call the club that is hosting the tournament.

It is within seven days of a tournament and I haven't received my information sheet/pairings. What do I do?

You should check the Tournament Central page on ncga.org or call the Rules and Competitions Department at 831/625-4653 as soon as possible.

Does my entry have to be received or postmarked by the closing date to be eligible?

It must be received by mail at the NCGA office by the closing date or registered via online registration by midnight of the closing date.

Are there tournaments juniors can play in besides the junior championships?

Yes.  In addition to the Parent/Child Foursome Stroke-Play and the Northern California Junior Players’ Championship, the NCGA and NCPGA offer the Junior Tour of Northern California for boys and girls, ages 12-18.  The tour consists of 36-hole events on weekends in the spring and fall, and weekdays in the summer. Entry fees are $90 per event and include golf and lunch each day. Membership in the tour is required to enter (there is  a $40 annual membership fee). Membership in the tour also makes you a member of the NCGA if you are not already a member.

Do I need to write more than one check if I am sending multiple tournament entries?

No. One check will suffice for multiple entries. But you must use a separate entry for each tournament.

What is the NCGA points system?

It originated in 1970 to measure player performance in selected championships and assist the Association in selecting players to represent the NCGA in team competitions with other regional golf associations. Since the inception of the program, it has undergone several modifications and, while it is still used to select team members, its primary purpose now is to determine the NCGA Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year.

Where can I find a list of points tournaments and how many events are there in the program?

A complete listing can be found on the calendar of events that is furnished to every member club and available on NCGA.org. Currently there are more than 100 tournaments in the points program. They include all USGA and NCGA championships, as well as city and county championships, and regional tournaments.

How does a tournament become a points event?

Tournament sponsors or officials wishing to have their event recognized as an 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 for approval or rejection.

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

The NCGA does not require it, although some tournament officials do. Only active NCGA members can earn points. This is especially important in four-ball events where points are awarded to both members of the team. Unless both 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 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.