Youth on Course
Golf Canada and our Provincial Golf Associations are proud to help provide youth with access to affordable golf through our partnership with Youth on Course. Golf teaches important social, mental, and physical skills and each round is filled with learning potential. Whether it’s early morning, after school or twilight hours, participating courses offer up blocks of tee times throughout the week for YOC members to play for $5 or less. We subsidize the cost of our members’ rounds to keep the price tag affordable, sending more families through our partner courses’ doors.
Become a Member
Receive member-exclusive benefits for the low price of $49.95 for a full 12 months of membership. One of the many benefits of your Golf Canada membership will be access to Youth on Course.
- Golf Canada members* ages 6-18 will automatically receive a Youth on Course membership.
- Youth on Course members can play a round of golf for $5 or less at participating courses.
- Members have access to Youth on Course at participating golf courses in Alberta and Ontario.
- Members have access to the US network of over 1,400 golf courses in 50 states.
*in participating provinces. Youth on Course is only available in Alberta and Ontario in 2021.
Download the free YOC Member App
Once you have purchased a membership, download the free YOC Member App and create an account to access your digital membership card, track your rounds, and find courses in your area.
*Once downloaded, select the “I HAVE A MEMBERSHIP” button to create your YOC member app account using your membership information (name, member number, date of birth, and email address tied to membership). Your Golf Canada membership number is the same as your Youth on Course membership number.
Golf courses in Alberta and Ontario are offering junior golf rounds for $5 or less through Youth on Course. Check out which golf courses are participating, rates and availability before booking your tee time!
For more information about Youth on Course in your province, click the title below.
Youth on Course International Network
Youth on Course members in Canada have access to the US network of over 1,400 golf courses in 50 states.
Looking to offer Youth on Course at your facility?
For individual courses looking to join Youth on Course’s network, general managers and head professionals can sign up their facilities by filling out an online interest form. In return, facilities will receive subsidies for each round played at $5 or less during one of the designated times for Youth on Course members.
Fueling the golf industry, Youth on Course subsidizes rounds for members and puts money back into provincial golf associations and individual courses. The organization’s structure helps golf courses fill typically unused tee times and garner additional revenue with more than 40% of members playing with paying adults.
Born in 2006 out of the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA), Youth on Course began as the NCGA Foundation – a way to increase the accessibility and affordability of golf for Northern California youth. Within five years, the program was thriving and Youth on Course expanded opportunities for members to include a caddie program, paid high school internships and college scholarships.
It quickly became apparent that there was a huge demand for what we were doing outside of Northern California. The NCGA Foundation was re-imagined as a nationwide initiative to grow the game, and the name Youth on Course was born to establish a national identity. Youth on Course operates as a separate 501(c)3 that partners with state and regional golf associations across the country.
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 100,000 members in all 50 U.S. states and part of Canada who have access to play golf at more than 1,400 courses across the US and Canada. To date, Youth on Course has subsidized more than 1,000,000 rounds of golf.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I play golf for $5 or less?
Visit the YOC map to see which courses offer YOC and view the availability by club before booking your tee time. Check with the course you want to play at – each course has certain times during the week that they offer Youth on Course.
What are the age restrictions for Youth on Course?
Youth are eligible for Youth on Course membership when they turn 6 years old. The membership is valid until their 19th birthday.
How long does my Youth on Course membership last?
Once you sign up for a Golf Canada Membership you can access Youth on Course all season long as many times as you want. You will have to renew your Golf Canada Membership after 12 months to access Youth on Course for the following season.
Your membership can also be used to establish a handicap to use to track your progress. The World Handicap System helps make the game of golf more enjoyable by allowing golfers of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.
When will I get my membership number?
After you sign up, you will receive an email with your number and a link to complete the online curriculum. If you already have a membership number from another club, be sure to sign up with that number to avoid being assigned a new one.
Do I have to take a curriculum?
Yes. After joining for the first time, you will need to complete the online curriculum to activate your membership number. You will get the link via email to the online curriculum after joining, and it takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Does my son or daughter have to play with a paying adult?
If they are under the age of 12, youth will have to play with a paying adult. If they are 12 or older, they can play alone or with a friend but must be course ready and know basic golf etiquette.
How much does a Youth on Course membership cost?
You must join Golf Canada to become a Youth on Course member. The cost of this membership is $49.95 and gets you access to unlimited $5 greens fees at participating courses during select times.