PGA of America

Player Ability Test (PAT)

For those PAT's that are currently being conducted, please note that they are moving forward with a few revised rules that can be summarized here.

Playing Ability Test Qualifying Score: While some PAT's are currently not being conducted, individuals may temporarily submit verification of a current handicap index of ten or less, to satisfy the PAT Qualifying Score in order to register as an Associate. This is commensurate with the current parameters of the Qualifying Score, listed in the chart on this page. All individuals who enter in this manner will still need to eventually fully pass the Playing Ability Test to elect into PGA Membership.

Please submit your proof of handicap, along with any official supporting documentation, to for review.  

You must complete one of the following within eight (8) years prior to registering into the PGA Professional Golf Management Program:

  • Pass the 36-hole Playing Ability Test
  • Attempt the PAT at least once within the eight (8) 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 eight years.

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.

Click here to schedule your PAT, or call PGA Membership Services at (800) 474-2776.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The PGA of America offers reasonable accommodations for individuals that require accommodations due to a disability for their Playing Ability Test needs based on the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  For additional information, please contact the PGA Membership Department at (800) 474-2776.