About the National Club Association

Advocacy, Insight, Governance

NCA is the only organization that actively lobbies the U.S. Congress on behalf of the private club industry. In addition to lobbying federal legislators, NCA’s Advocacy Program includes defending private clubs and their interests in regulatory agencies, statehouses and courts.

NCA offers time critical solutions to club leaders when they need them through our Resource Center. Club leaders also have access to best practices through NCA’s periodicals, publications and education programs focusing on industry trends, human resources, operations, and governance and planning topics.

NCA's Club Members are among the most prestigious private clubs in the country. Our Corporate Partners and Associate Members represent leading industry service providers that help clubs maintain and elevate their operations and services. Together, we work in partnership to provide the best resources for the industry.


Defending, protecting and advancing the interests and well-being of private, social and recreational clubs.

For more than 50 years, the National Club Association (NCA), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association, has provided private clubs with a voice on Capitol Hill—as vital today as when we were formed. NCA also has educated clubs on the ever-evolving trends in the club community and has provided them with the tools they need to navigate the tides of change, including resources related to operations, model club practices, trends, legal issues and effective leadership.

In 2016, NCA announced a new brand identity as part of its ongoing efforts to support the private club community. With the announcement, the association unveiled a new logo that emphasizes its core areas of work, “Advocacy. Insight. Governance.”

“The new logo’s design reflects both our history of advocacy and our commitment to the future of the private club industry,” said NCA President & CEO Henry Wallmeyer. “We’re proud of what NCA has achieved in its first 55 years, and we look forward to protecting and serving private clubs in the future.”

The evolution in NCA’s logo and brand identity represents a renewed focus on NCA’s areas of expertise and the issues of most importance to private clubs: advocacy, insight and governance.

 NCA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the private club industry in the past year included supporting federal candidates through our political action committee—ClubPAC—and lobbying on legislative and regulatory issues like the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule and worker classification guidance, the National Labor Relations Board’s rules supporting unions, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. Rule and pro-business legislation.

 NCA also provides valuable tools, education programs, trends analysis and best practices to empower clubs through informed leadership. Governance resources through our Board Leadership Institute have included a board toolkit, strategic planning guide, white paper series and other timely and effective resources to govern clubs.

“The world of private clubs is changing, and NCA needs to stay ahead of that change. Our focus on protecting and defending the rights of private clubs aligns with our services of keeping our members informed on a number of fronts from lifestyle and demographic trends and insight to providing resources for club leaders to achieve strong, successful, governance practices,” said Wallmeyer. “We want our brand to reflect that forward-looking approach, growth and pride in belonging to the greatest private club community in the world.”


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NCA's free bi-weekly news digest is designed specifically for private club leaders. It covers industry news and trends and articles on golf, membership and operations for private clubs.