The Pacific Coast Amateur is open to any male amateur golfer who holds a verifiable handicap index with the USGA or other recognized Association.

The PCGA Recruitment Committee issue Presidential Invitations to a select list of players who are deemed to be the best amateur golfers in the world, allowing them direct entry into the Championship should they wish to utilize the Invitation.

All potential applicants who did not receive a Presidential Invitation will have their playing résumé reviewed by the PCGA Recruitment Committee. The final selections for the field will take place by June 30th of the competition year (date is flexible based on application receptions).

The field is open to 84 players in total. All member associations name their three-player Morse Cup team prior to the start of the Championship.