About Youth on Course

Youth on Course – How it Works 

NBC feature during the 2010 U.S. Open 

Learning values and life skills through golf and a continuum of programs

Youth on Course (YOC) was created in 1989 by the Northern California Golf Association. YOC is a non-profit organization that has a twofold mission: to make golf affordable and accessible to all deserving youth, and to use golf as a catalyst for teaching life skills and core values that can help youth build a strong foundation for life.


To support the youth programs and initiatives, Youth on Course raises funds in many ways, including direct donations and golf events. To learn more about how you can help, see Support Us for many giving opportunities.

It’s All About Access

Youth on Course offers deserving youth the opportunity to play some of the best courses for no more than $5. Participating youth also use the life skills and values training they learned in their Youth on Course certified program. Youth on Course also encourages and promotes junior golf competitions for its Youth on Course participants. Learn more about becoming part of Youth on Course.


Youth on Course also provides deserving youth with introductory job opportunities within the golf industry. The Foundation works with NCGA member clubs to create jobs on the grounds crew, in the front office, as golf caddies, and in the restaurant for youth who would like to work in a golf environment. Youth learn responsibility while expanding their personal horizons and learning about a career in golf.


The Foundation awards grants and youth scholarships yearly to youth in Northern California and plans to increase the dollar amount and number of scholarships and grants each year.

Youth Scholarships

Besides awarding grants, Youth on Course wants to support youth as they move into higher education. Last year, YOC  awarded $138,000 in college scholarships. These scholarships went to high school seniors who consistently embody the values inherent in golf, including honesty, perseverance and integrity.

Planning for the Future

All administrative and office expenses for Youth on Course are paid by the NCGA, ensuring that over 90% of all donated funds are dedicated to the local youth. In the coming years, YOC is committed to further increasing the endowment to ensure that Youth on Course will continue to be successful in years to come.

The NCGA Foundation/Youth on Course is a non-profit IRS 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The Youth on Course operates under its own volunteer Board of Directors and is not part of the Northern California Golf Association; however, it has strong links to assure continuity of purpose and performance.

The Foundation uses strict auditing and accounting guidelines. Looking into the future, the Foundation continues to keep a watchful eye to ensure that donations are truly helping improve the lives of youth in our programs throughout Northern California.

© Copyright NCGA Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization
Federal Tax ID Number: 94-3108575
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