The 2019 Playing Ability Test schedule will be finalized and available after February 1, 2019. You will also be able to view the schedule and more information by clicking here after that date.
Note - Playing Ability Tests may be added or removed at the discretion of the Colorado PGA.
Click here to 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.
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|
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.
Click here for the PGA of America PAT schedule and online registration. To register by phone, please contact PGA Membership Services at 1-800-474-2776.
Click here to view PAT policies and procedures.