P.A.T. Information 2017-09-20T12:33:22+00:00
The Playing Ability Test (P.A.T.) is one of the initial steps an individual must take to become a member of the PGA of America. It is no longer an entrance requirement into the PGA of America’s Professional Golf Management Program; however, it must be passed prior to attending a Level 3 Checkpoint and being elected to membership. You must attempt the PAT at least once within the two years prior to registering into the PGA PGM Program.  Within that time frame you must also 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. The purpose of the P.A.T. is for individuals to demonstrate that they can play a credible game of golf by shooting a combined score which does not exceed a target score. For more information on the P.A.T. and entrance requirements into the Professional Golf Management Program log on to http://www.pga.org. The PAT is conducted from the middle tees of the golf course with the flagsticks set on a generally flat area of the green. Although this sounds relatively simple, less than 20% of those taking the test achieve a passing score. If your game is marginal, it is highly recommended that you work diligently on improving prior to registering for the PAT. To register by phone, please contact the Member Information Service Center (MISC) at 1-800-474-2776. To register online log on to http://www.pga.org. Scheduled Playing Ability Test events are listed below. Pairings and tee times will be posted approx. 7 days prior to the date of the P.A.T.

Event Date
Tournament Info/Pairings  
April 26 April 12 A.H. Blank Des Moines Click Here Click Here  
May 15 May 1 A.H. Blank Des Moines Click Here Click Here   
June 16
June 2
Pheasant Ridge Cedar Falls Click Here Click Here   
July 28
July 14
Pheasant Ridge
Cedar Falls
Click Here Click Here   
August 21 August 7 Pheasant Ridge Cedar Falls Click Here Click Here   
September 22 Sept. 8 Gates Park Waterloo Click Here Click Here   

  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE CALL PGA OF AMERICA TO REGISTER BY PHONE 1-800-474-2776 2014-12-17_1130 Other Important P.A.T. Information

  • The registeration fee for each P.A.T is $100 and is paid to the PGA of America.
  • The local event fee for each P.A.T. will be $30 and will be paid directly to the host facility on the day of the event.
  • Call 1-800-474-2776 for more information or to register for an event by phone
  • Players must register at least 14 days in advance of their desired P.A.T. date
  • You may register for more than one P.A.T. at a time. If you pass prior to another P.A.T. that you have already registered for, you will be issued a full refund for the P.A.T. that is no longer required of you.

Dress Code

  • Female participants must wear slacks, culottes, walking shorts, or golf skirts which constitute acceptable clothing worn by women in connection with participation in professional golf tournaments. Male participants must wear slacks and participants shall not wear shorts anywhere on club property. Jeans are not to be considered slacks.

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