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:
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 chart on the right)
The 36-hole PAT remains valid during the Acceptable Progress period. 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.
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.
2019 PAT Schedule
|PAT #1||March 2, 2020||Barber's Point Golf Course|
|PAT #2||May 4, 2020||Ocean Course at Hokuala|
|PAT #3||June 15, 2020||Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort|
|PAT #4||August 9, 2020||Kaanapali Kai Course|
|PAT #5||October 7, 2020||Turtle Bay Fazio|
Click here for the 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.