What is the NCCGA?

The NCCGA (National Collegiate Club Golf Association) is the governing body for non-varsity college golf.

Who is eligible to compete?

To be eligible for NCCGA tournaments, a student must be currently enrolled full-time at their college (as defined by their school). Students must have amateur status, and cannot have played NCAA varsity golf at any point during the current NCCGA season.

Undergraduate, graduate, community college, PGM, Medical, PHD, and law school students are all eligible to play (provided they meet the other eligibility requirements). There are no age restrictions for NCCGA tournaments.

Full Eligibility Requirements

What is the tournament format?

NCCGA tournaments are 2-day, 36-hole stroke-play events. Students participate as teams of 5-8, or as individuals if their school doesn’t have a participating club team. More details can be found on the Tournament Rules page.

Who plays club golf?

Club golf is played by former high school golfers, recreational players, the academic-focused, former junior tour stars, fraternity and sorority members, and everyone in-between. Club golf is co-ed, inclusive and a welcoming environment that allows students the opportunity to play fun and competitive golf while in college.

Scores range from 65-115. All swings are welcome and club teams often have a wide range of skill levels spanning from highly competitive to recreational players.

What is the commitment of playing club golf?

One of the largest benefits of playing club golf is the low level of commitment. The NCCGA runs two regional tournaments each semester and then a National Championship for qualifying teams and individuals. Each tournament is a Saturday-Sunday event meaning almost all competing teams miss no class time.

The weekly schedule for a club team differs from club-to-club, but most teams do not have mandatory practices, workouts or events on a weekly basis. Many club teams will simply have 2-3 tee times available for anyone who wants to practice/play. This provides flexibility for each individual student to juggle other priorities such as academics, other clubs, or greek life.

How do I sign-up?

Fill out a prospective team form and our leadership team will explain how we can help you start a club golf team on campus.

Which colleges have club golf teams?

Over 350 colleges across the United States have club golf teams. Find your school here: Competing Colleges.

What if my school doesn't have a club team?

The NCCGA works hard to helps students through the process of starting a club golf team at your school. Everything from registering through club sports, recruiting players, and funding opportunities.

Students also have the option to compete in our tournaments as individuals if their school doesn’t have a club team participating or they do not want to start a team.

Learn more about Starting a Club Golf team.

How many players are on a team?

A club team can bring 5 to 8 players to a tournament. The top 5 scores each day count towards the team score. A club team can also elect to have an “A” and “B” team, which would be a minimum of 10 players (5 on each) and a maximum of 16 (8 on each).

Clubs often have 30+ members on campus (some even have 100+), including many recreational players as well.

Can women play?

Yes, of course! Men and women are allowed to compete on the same team in NCCGA competition. Women play from the more forward tees, but would still compete on the same leaderboard as the other competitors.

Schools have the option to create gender-specific teams, but only if both genders are represented. (Ex-Wake Forest fields a men’s club golf team AND a women’s club golf team). In this case, the women’s team would all play from the shorter tees, but still play directly against the other teams.

What are the costs?

NCCGA club teams pay two costs to participate in a semester.

Team dues
Team dues are $400 per semester and cover the entire team. New teams, however, pay a reduced team due of $200 their first semester participating.
To compete as an individual, without a team, the dues are $30 per tournament and are added into the individual tournament cost.

Tournament fees
The NCCGA runs two tournaments per semester in each region, and the tournaments cost between $70-$110 per player for both rounds which is all inclusive (including greens fee, range, tax, prizes, tee gifts, awards, and often times a cart).

What benefits does a team/student receive?

Club golf teams and all individual students that are members of the NCCGA receive the opportunity to play in professionally run golf tournaments both regionally and nationally, discounts at local golf courses, discounts on equipment and apparel, job/internship opportunities, networking events, as well as a significant amount of swag at each tournament. If you are new to NCCGA, here is what to expect:

  • Sleeve of premium Srixon Z-star balls at every tournament
  • Custom bag tag
  • Chefs Cut Beef Jerky
  • First Tee Bar
  • Tees, ball markers and divot tools
  • Individual awards for the top 8 players in each tournament
  • Team awards for the top two teams in each event

When are the tournaments?

The NCCGA tournaments take place during the fall and spring college semesters. Tournament Schedule

The NCCGA does not run any summer events. However, our sister tour the City Tour is a summer tour for golfers in their 20’s and 30’s in cities across the country. Similar to the NCCGA, the City Tour is team-based and hosts weekend tournaments throughout the summer: Learn more about the City Tour.

How does the National Championship and National Invitational Tournament work?

Similar to the regional tournaments, the National Championship and National Invitational Tournament are 2-day, 36-hole team stroke play events (18 holes both days).

Learn more about the national tournaments that cap off each semester:

Fall 2017 National Championship

Fall 2017 National Invitational Tournament