Since 1901, the NCGA has served the golfers of Northern California. That tradition continues today, as the NCGA is dedicated to making golf more affordable and accessible than ever, while running one of the strongest tournament schedules in the country. More than 150,000 members, from San Luis Obispo to the Oregon and Nevada borders, enjoy all that the Association has to offer.
The Northern California Golf Association was formed more than 100 years ago by five clubs – Menlo CC, Oakland GC (now Claremont CC), Presidio GC, Linda Vista (now San Jose CC), and San Francisco GC – with the sole purpose of participating in the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. The following 10 clubs (in the graphic to the left) are the oldest in Northern California:
Mare Island – 1892
Burlingame – 1893
San Francisco GC – 1895
Presidio – 1895
Old Del Monte – 1897
Claremont – 1897
San Jose CC – 1899
Menlo – 1906
Sunnyside – 1911
The NCGA conducted its first championship in 1903, and now offers more than 50 each year. An estimated 50,000 members attempt to qualify for NCGA team events at the club level, while an additional 15,000 members participate in individual events. The NCGA also provides officials for the Northern California High School Championships, the Northern California Community College and California Community College Championships, as well as major college events. As a service organization, the NCGA is proud to offer a tournament schedule for players of all ages and abilities, using varied formats to attract everyone to championship golf.
The championships offered today are possible in great part because of the contract signed in 1965 with the Pebble Beach Co., which allows the NCGA to stage tournaments at Spyglass Hill Golf Course for 20 days a year. In 1986, the NCGA opened its own members course, Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. Poppy Hills was the first course to be owned and operated by an amateur golf association in the United States. Poppy Hills has since played host to several prominent tournaments, including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the Callaway Invitational and the 1991 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship. The NCGA became the only Golf Association to own and operate two golf courses when it opened Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore in 1996. Poppy Ridge is easily accessible to NCGA members, as nearly half of them live within a 65-mile radius of the 27-hole facility.
The NCGA offers many services, ranging from Handicapping and Course Rating to Communications and NCGA Golf magazine to Rules and Competitions and the NCGA Foundation. A permanent staff is located at Poppy Hills, but the association would not be where it is today without the 18 current directors, all its past directors, and its stable of volunteers, who serve selflessly in the name of golf in Northern California.