About Us

About the NAPGC

Early in the 20th century there was a major expansion in sporting activities throughout the British Isles. In many towns and cities, councils saw the need to provide sporting facilities for the General Public and this provision included the building of public or municipal golf courses. As golf flourished and courses open to the public increased, far-sighted people realised that public course golf could only develop by establishing a national body to provide guidance and unity of purpose for golfers at public courses and their respective clubs. In 1927, the year of the first Ryder Cup, five times Open Champion John Henry Taylor and the renowned course architect FG Hawtree formed the NAPGC.

Both founders were men of vision who believed the new association would bring about cohesion between “public” and “private” golf. Around 100 years on the philosophy remains unchanged and the Association has adapted to the many changes that have evolved in the organisation and management of “public course golf”.

One very important decision was to change the full Association name to the ‘National Association of Public and Proprietary Golf Clubs and Courses’ to recognise the large number of golf courses owned by individuals or companies but nevertheless open to the General Public. The NAPGC welcomes these clubs in the hope that the Association will continue to grow as a truly national organisation representing public course golf and its golfers.

The NAPGC benefits from recognition by England Golf and the R&A. The Association currently numbers more around 50 affiliated golf clubs and is proud of its ability to provide competitive golf for Men, Women and Juniors of all ages and handicaps. 

There are over twenty national competitions each year, providing both competitive golf and social benefits of membership. The competitions include club and regional qualifying events, knock out inter-club competitions and national finals including events at prestigious venues such as The Belfry, Celtic Manor, St Andrews and Woodhall Spa.

The NAPGC is aided in the staging of its Major Championships by the R&A and we are indebted to them for their support.

The NAPGC’s investment in new technology means that competitors can check their championship positions and results via the Association’s website.

As predicted in 1927, the Association continues to flourish with the support of its members/clubs and the commitment of its forward thinking Executive.

Golf Clubs and Courses who enjoy team and individual golf should consider joining this far reaching Association and enjoy the benefits of friendship and competitive golf.

Join the NAPGC

The NAPGC was founded in 1927 and is one of the oldest bodies in golf. We offer membership to all Golf Clubs playing over Public and Proprietary Courses in the UK.

Membership Benefits

Membership of the NAPGC offers many benefits of which the principal ones are:


  • Nationally based Competitions for Men, Women, Mixed, Juniors and Seniors. In addition there are many team events across a variety of formats, for all standards and experience
  • Promotion of our affiliated clubs on our website for example Club Opens, Events, Membership Opportunities, all on a national basis
  • Opportunity to host NAPGC competitions rounds


The NAPGC is committed to supporting our members to increase their membership

Membership Fee Structure

  • Up to 49 members £60 per annum
  • 50-99 members £120 per annum
  • 100-149 members £180 per annum
  • 150 members plus £240 per annum


The fee is due annually and membership of the NAPGC will then be applicable to all club members.

Join Today

To become a member of the NAPGC, please complete the form below

To apply please confirm that you have read the NAPGC Articles and will abide by these Articles and the NAPGC Competition Rules.

Once the form has been submitted you will be contacted regarding your application.

Do you have any questions?

If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact the NAPGC Secretary, who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

We are also very happy for one of our Board/Committee Members to visit your Club and speak to your Committee.

policies & important documents

The NAPGC shares England Golf’s belief that golf belongs to everyone and is aligned to the RESPECT agenda that is being led by England Golf.  All who play and all who aspire to play must have an equal opportunity to do so. The NAPGC is committed to the principles as detailed in the equality diversity and inclusion policy below, which is further supplemented by our disciplinary regulations, code of conduct, complaints policy and data protection policy. In addition to support the aim of the NAPGC in providing a safe environment for adults, young people and children participating in golfing activities, while trying to ensure an enjoyable experience for all, the following safe golf policies have been adopted by the NAPGC. The NAPGC has also appointed   a dedicated Welfare Officer who is responsible for ensuring that the these policies are upheld across the organisation. The Welfare Officer contact details can be found here