MGA Youth on Course
The MGA’s charitable Foundation has partnered with nationally recognized Youth on Course to launch its affordable golf access initiative in the Met Area. Golf teaches important social, mental and physical skills and a Youth on Course membership enables 6-18 year olds to play golf for $5 per round or less at participating courses. There is a one-time membership fee each year for juniors to join the program.
Youth on Course was started in 2006 by the Northern California Golf Association as a program to deliver affordable youth golf at participating courses. Currently more than 1,300 courses in 39 regions are available for play at $5 or less, with more than 30 facilities participating throughout the Met Area.
For juniors, the $20 annual fee gives members access to participating facilities throughout the Met Area and across the country. Membership also includes an MGA membership, a USGA/GHIN handicap (if not already issued), a subscription to the Met Golfer and many more MGA member benefits.
With a Youth on Course membership, juniors have more access to more facilities, and are able to learn the important values that golf teaches while enjoying more time on the course with friends and family members. We asked some of our local YOC members to share their experiences with the program, what they love about golf, and what goals they've been able to accomplish with the help of a Youth on Course Membership. Here's what our members had to say:
"I get to spend more time with my dad on the course, and I really appreciate it." - Veronica, age 11
"I wanted to break 80, and I accomplished that goal this summer. I practiced my short game a lot." - James, age 13
"YOC is great, especially for city kids like me who don't have much exposure to golf. YOC helped introduce me to the game and helped develop the love I have for it." - Giacamo
"I love golf because there are so many things that you can compare to life and life lessons. There's so many things you can learn, like to never give up and always keep trying." - Sophia, age 15
"Since each round if $5, we get to have great experiences playing many rounds at different golf courses and different venues." - Isaiah, age 15
Interested in joining MGA Youth on Course? Follow these steps:
- Sign-Up or renew for a MGA Youth on Course eClub membership.
- Complete the Youth on Course curriculum online.
- Get your Membership Card. You will receive an official Youth on Course membership with your MGA Youth on Course number in the mail within 2-3 weeks of signing up AND completing the Youth on Course curriculum. In the meantime, you can print off a Temporary Card.
- Get out and play. See the list of participating courses to find near you. Traveling? Search the full list of courses nationwide.
MGA Participating Courses:
Click here to see a list of participating MGA Courses and their restrictions
National Participating Courses:
Click here to see a list of courses around the nation that offer Youth on Course golf for $5 or less
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any restrictions for playing?
Yes. Many courses set time restrictions for when Youth on Course members can play for $5 or less. Please check the map for restrictions and call ahead to make a tee time.
Do you pay for range balls or a cart?
No. Youth on Course does not cover range balls or carts, and we encourage our members to walk.
Can I play for $5 or less with my golf team or for a tournament? What about golf camps?
You can not use your membership for tournaments or competitions. For practices with your team please contact your local golf association. Golf Camp use is not permitted.
How long does my membership last?
Memberships are valid for one calendar year (until January 1).
What if I forgot my card?
A current YOC card is REQUIRED to participate in the program. you MUST show the card (or a temporary card) when playing at participating facilities. Without the card, you will not be able to take advantage of the benefits
When will I get a membership card?
It will take 2-3 weeks to get a membership card. You can print one earlier than that here.
How do I play golf for $5 or less?
After joining, you will get a membership card with your unique membership number on it. Bring this to the course during the designated Youth on Course times and you will play for $5 or less.
When will I get my membership number?
After you signup, you will receive an email with your number and a link to complete the online curriculum. If you already have a handicap number from another club be sure to sign up with that number to avoid being assigned a new one.
My facility is interested in being a "MGA Youth on Course" club. How do we sign up?