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Playing Ability Tests

Playing Ability Tests Schedule

2020 Schedule

Date: Event Facility Male Yardage Male Target Score Female Yardage Female Target Score
Cancelled: Thursday, April 30, 2020 PAT # 1 Cheyenne Shadows @ Ft. Carson 6,680 156 5,664 157
Cancelled: Thursday, May 21, 2020 PAT # 2 Indian Tree Golf Club 6,631 156 5,400 155
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 PAT # 3 Riverdale Golf Course – Knolls 6,436 154 5,695 157
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 PAT # 4 CommonGround Golf Course 6,689 156 5,616 156
Cancelled: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 PAT # 5 Cheyenne Shadows @ Ft. Carson 6,680 156 5,664 157
Thursday, August 20, 2020 PAT # 6 Coyote Creek Golf Course 6,412 154 5,675 158
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 PAT # 7 Cheyenne Shadows GC @ Ft. Carson 6,680 156 5,664 157
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 WC – PAT # 1 River Valley Ranch Golf Club 6,692 154 5,545 156
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 WC – PAT # 2 TBD

Note – Playing Ability Tests may be added or removed at the discretion of the Colorado PGA.

Access the online PAT Schedule and to register for events. To register by phone, please contact the Member Service Center at 1 (800) 474-2776.

Requirements

The Playing Ability Test or “PAT” is a measure of golfing ability. It means PGA Professionals have the skills needed to teach and grow the game.

The 36-hole playing ability test for golf is something you must pass if you want to become a PGA Professional.

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

Pass the 36-hole Playing Ability Test or;

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 81
153 76.5 81
154 77 82
155 77.5 82
156 78 83
157 78.5 83
158 79 84
159 79.5 84
160 80 85
161 80.5 85
162 81 86
163 81.5 86
164 82 87
165 82.5 87

The 36-hole PAT remains valid during the Acceptable Progress period. In order to 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. Fewer than 20% of those taking the test achieve a passing score, therefore, it is highly recommended that you work diligently on your game prior to registering for the PAT.

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.

View the PGA of America PAT schedule and online registration. To register by phone, please contact PGA Membership Services at 1-800-474-2776.

View the PAT policies and procedures.

Work with a Coach to Pass Your PAT

GOLFTEC is offering assistance to aspiring PGA Professionals who are actively pursuing PGA membership and a career in the golf industry. If you have previously attempted the PAT or registered for an upcoming PAT, you are eligible to sign-up for a free GOLFTEC Game Plan that consist of a swing evaluation, 25 lessons, 12 months of practice and a club fitting.

To register with GOLFTEC for this program, click here