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Enjoying the Game


By Lyn Nelson, CEO/Executive Director


So, how did you play last year? Did you play more often in 2010? Achieve those resolutions to putt a little better, get more rounds in and correct that swing flaw? Most importantly, did you enjoy the game and make more friends through golf, or did you find a way to get back at the boss by taking a bit of his/her money on the course? Or did you intro- duce someone new to the game? I sincerely hope that somehow, someway at least two of the above were accomplished.


About a month ago, I had lunch with a wonderful person who really loves this game and does great things to share his club with young players and give back. He mentioned some observa- tions about what is valued in golf. Is it the score you shot, or is it the experience? I was charmed by his mes- sage and found that it is all about the experience, and sometimes the score is part of the experience but the most important thing is to enjoy the game.


This segues into some clarification on last quarter’s magazine. I wrote about the value of your NCGA membership and what we provide members. What my article did not clarify is that the NCGA is a service pro- vided through the golf club you belong to. There are three types of clubs: Type


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1, the traditional club that operates out of one of the 400 golf courses in North- ern California; Type 2, Associate clubs formed out of social organizations such as clubs formed at work, a group of golf friends, etc. (the NCGA has about 800); lastly Type 3, a club that is referred to as an eClub (Internet-based club). In order to satisfy USGA guidelines, all of these clubs have a common-


Please remember to present your member card when taking advantage of discount programs offered exclusively to NCGA members.


ality of being regional which allows for peer review in handicapping requirements. In order to be a member of the NCGA, you must be a member of one of these types of clubs.


All clubs have additional operating expenses that are very modest when you consider the amount of work volunteer boards donate on behalf of mem- bers. The price to join a club varies. The NCGA website has a directory that can assist in finding a club that is located in the area you live. Over the past few years I have had an opportunity to meet many club repre-


sentatives, all great people who support golf and are dedicated to providing great experiences. If you are looking for a club to join, or are interested in more information, visit ncga.org/ join or call Mary Bakan at 831/625-GOLF.


We are excited about the great gifts and programs we are providing members in 2011! Please remember to present your member card when taking advantage of discount programs of- fered exclusively to NCGA members.


Also new to 2011 will be a password-protected area on our website; this is a way for us to protect the member values you obtain. Your password will be your GHIN number and we will provide access to NCGA- specific discounts. Dell Computer will provide discounts up to 30% and we just engaged an agreement with American Airlines that will provide a 10% discount for an NCGA member plus up to five travel companions per flight reservation. The Larkspur hotel group is also on board with savings at 18 proper- ties in Northern California (joining a list of 18 other hotels offering discounts) in addition to discounts to sporting events. It just keeps getting better for NCGA members.


Warm wishes to you and yours this New Year.


NCGA GOLF


Editorial, Advertising & Business Office 3200 Lopez Road/P.O. Box NCGA Pebble Beach, CA 93953 831/625-4653 Fax: 831/625-0150 Internet Address: www.ncga.org E-mail: ncgainfo@ncga.org


Communications & Magazine Fax: 831/622-0560


Course Rating & Handicapping and Membership Fax: 831/622-0549


Rules & Competitions Fax: 831/622-0580


Poppy Hills Golf Course Golf Reservations: 831/625-2035 Fax: 831/626-5421


Administration: 831/625-1513 Golf Shop: 831/622-8239


Poppy Ridge Golf Course Golf Reservations: 925/455-2035 Fax: 925/455-2020


Administration: 925/447-6779 Golf Shop: 925/456-8202


Editor and Publisher Hilary Heieck


Assistant Editor Scott Seward


Art Direction & Production Great Graphics, Laurie Lee


2011 Publication Dates Spring Edition ................ April 22 Summer Edition .............. July 21 Fall Edition .......................Oct 13


Photos in the magazine: Hilary Heieck, Scott


Seward (cover shot). Some photos supplied by fea- tured golf courses and credited when necessary. For rates and space information for the


above publication, please contact the NCGA of- fice (831/625-4653) or Western United States— Tom Black, 301 East Ocean Blvd., Suite 300, Long Beach, CA. 90802 (562/590-5143). NCGA Golf Magazine (ISSN-1524-4385) is


published quarterly by the Northern California Golf Association, 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, 93953. All rights reserved, including right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Members pay an annual subscription fee of $1. Printed in U.S.A. Please send change of address notice on Member Change form (avail- able at your club). Periodical postage paid at Pebble Beach, CA and additional mailing of- fices. Advertising contained herein does not constitute endorsement by the Northern California Golf Association. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to NCGA Golf Maga- zine, P. O. Box NCGA, Pebble Beach, CA. 93953-1157.


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