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Our Story

A simple start to something huge.

Beautifully simplistic.

That’s how we describe our beginnings, and throughout our growth our core purpose has remained ideologically pure.

In 2006, Youth on Course began as a simple solution to a disconnect golf faced for juniors in Northern California. While youth programs had sprouted up and were successfully helping teach juniors the basics of the game, the cost to play prevented those same young golfers from being able to take their skills onto the course. 

Fortunately, the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) developed a unique model for local kids. It started by giving them access to play Poppy Hills Golf Course, home of the NCGA, for just $5. 

Like most good ideas, Youth on Course came to be from creative thinking which in this case focused on enabling young people to achieve access to opportunity through golf.  The spark to turn those ideas into action came from the Morton family who provided the initial grant in honor of the family patriarch, Tom Morton.

It didn’t take long for the NCGA to realize that they were on to something, and very quickly they began to broaden their reach to other states. Oregon was the first out-of-state allied golf association to sign on, and shortly thereafter Youth on Course was added to Washington, Arizona and Idaho. It soon became referred to as, “The most valuable membership in golf.” 

With the help of passionate and generous individuals willing to give their time, energy and money to benefit the lives of young people through golf, Youth on Course now serves more than 95,000 members in 37 states who have access to play golf at more than 1,400 courses across the US and Canada.

We’ll soon subsidize our one-millionth round of golf, and to this day, the NCGA continues to pay a substantial portion of administrative costs, allowing almost all private contributions to go directly to supporting Youth on Course members.

Today, we’re proud to deliver more than just affordable access for young people to play the game. Through our quickly expanding member programs, we’re helping to deepen young people’s connection to golf with paid summer work experience through our Internship and Caddie programs. Youth on Course has also awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to over 260 high school students who have demonstrated financial need and academic excellence, many of whom became the first in their family to attend college.

While our origins are humble, the impact we’re having on our members’ lives is significant. We believe that the future of golf can be even brighter, which requires making it inviting, appealing and—most importantly—accessible to all young people who will become the next generation of lifelong players and lovers of the game.

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WHO WE ARE

Our staff and members of our Board of Directors are all stellar humans with a passion for golf and helping youth. Learn more about the people behind Youth on Course.

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