NCGA Rolls Out New NCGA PLAY! Events Aimed at Creating Shorter, Faster, and More Affordable Social Golf Experiences
With the goal of creating shorter, faster, more affordable social golf experiences, the Northern California Golf Association is rolling out a series of events over the next three months called NCGA PLAY! Its kickoff party will be hosted at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento on Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event is free to the public, and will include fun instruction, games, mini competitions and cool prizes.
NCGA PLAY! is aimed at addressing hurdles golfers face when trying to play the game: how long it can take, how difficult it is to master, and how much it can cost. Events and weekly team leagues will take place at golf courses throughout Sacramento, with the goal of learning from these pilot programs and expanding them to courses throughout Northern California next year. The events are both after work and on weekends and will range between $5-30 for all NCGA members. The NCGA is offering a special $25 rate to join for the rest of 2016 at ncga.org/play.
“NCGA PLAY! is an important initiative that we hope will help more people play more golf more often,” said Joe Huston, executive director of the NCGA. “It is our mission to support and promote the game of golf, so we feel it is important to develop programming that is attractive to casual and social golfers, as well as tournament players.”
The NCGA hosts up to 500 amateur tournament days each year, provides its members substantial discounts at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach and Poppy Ridge in Livermore, as well as exclusive merchandise and travel discounts, and also helped found the successful Youth on Course initiative – which allows junior golfers the ability to play golf for just $5 at more than 175 courses in Northern California, as well as more than 300 across the country.
NCGA PLAY! is designed to get more adults on the golf course by legitimizing all forms of golf – from championship courses to 9-hole rounds, par 3 courses, driving ranges and practice putting greens. The initial offerings include 2-player and 4-player teams, Glow Golf at night, plus alternate formats beyond traditional stroke play that incorporate scrambles and even mulligans. Participating courses include Haggin Oaks, Land Park, Emerald Lakes, Bradshaw Golf Ranch and Foothill Golf Center, with more being added throughout the Fall.
To learn more about NCGA PLAY! or see the calendar of leagues and events, visit ncga.org/play, or attend the NCGA PLAY! kick-off party on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Haggin Oaks.