Playing Ability Test

Playing Ability Test

2018 Playing Ability Tests

All events require $100 Registration Fee/$70 Onsite Fee, which includes range, golf, cart fee and lunch. For Playing Ability Test (PAT) Policies and Procedures click here or visit pga.org for more information.

Event # Event Date Facility City Deadline
P0501801 04/18 Red Tail Golf Club - Village of Lakewood, IL 04/04
P0501802 05/17 Nettle Creek Country Club - Morris, IL 05/03
P0501803 06/28 Deerfield Golf Club - Riverwoods, IL 06/14
P0501804 08/16 Red Tail Golf Club - Village of Lakewood, IL 08/02
P0501805 09/12 Deerfield Golf Club - Riverwoods, IL 08/29
P0501806 10/17 Nettle Creek Country Club - Morris, IL 10/03
 

One of the following must be completed within two years prior to registering into the PGA Professional Golf Management Program:

  1. Pass the 36-hole Playing Ability Test or;
  2. Attempt the PAT at least once within the two years prior to registering into the PGA PGM Program. Within that time frame, shoot one 18-hole score in a PAT that is equal to or less than the PAT target score for 18- holes, plus 5 strokes. Note: Each PAT score has a validity date of two years. (see the chart below)
     
    36 Hole PAT Target Score
     
    18 Hole Target Score
     

    Target Score to Register as an Apprentice
     

    Course Rating for 36 holes + 15
    (36 PAT Score/2) (36 PAT Score/2) + 5
    151  75.5  80
    152  76.0  81
    153 76.5  81
    154  77.0  82
    155  77.5  82
    156  78.0  83
    157  78.5  83
    158  79.0  84
    159 79.5  84
    160  80.0  85
    161  80.5  85
    162  81.0 86
    163  81.5  86
    164  82.0  87
    165 82.5  87
The 36-hole PAT remains valid during the Acceptable Progress period. An individual who enters the PGA Professional Golf Management Program after achieving only option (b) above, must pass the 36-hole PAT prior registering for the Level 3 Checkpoint. In order pass the 36-hole PAT, you must achieve a 36-hole score within 15 shots of the course rating. For example, if the course rating is 72, the target score for the 36-holes would be 159 (72 x 2 = 144 + 15 = 159). This competition is normally conducted in one day.