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Playing Ability Test

PAT Schedule

SITE: Raven Golf Club at Sandestin Resort

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Rick Hileman, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 1199 Troon Dr., Destin, FL 32550

SITE PHONE #: 850-267-6500

DATE OF PAT: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

TEE TIMES & PAIRINGS: Click Here for Tees Times & Pairings

PAT INFORMATION: Click Here for PAT Information

SITE: Azalea City Golf Course

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Lawrence Auer, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 1000 Gaillard Dr., Mobile, AL 36608

SITE PHONE #: 251-208-5150

DATE OF PAT: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

TEE TIMES & PAIRINGS: Click Here for Tees Times & Pairings

PAT INFORMATION: Click Here for PAT Information

SITE: Wynlakes Golf & Country Club

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Steve Cutler, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 7900 Wynlakes Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36117

SITE PHONE #: 334-279-0297

DATE OF PAT: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

SITE: Stonebrook Golf Club

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Jim Settles, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 3200 Cobblestone Dr., Pace, FL 32571

SITE PHONE #: 850-994-7171

DATE OF PAT: Monday, May 13, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

TEE TIMES & PAIRINGS: Click Here for Tees Times & Pairings

PAT INFORMATION: Click Here for PAT Information

SITE: Ballantrae Golf Club

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Jerry Applegate, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 1300 Ballantrae Club Dr., Pelham, AL 35124

SITE PHONE #: 205-620-4653

DATE OF PAT: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

TEE TIMES & PAIRINGS: Click Here for Tees Times & Pairings

PAT INFORMATION: Click Here for PAT Information

 

SITE: Canebrake Club

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Micky Wolfe, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 23015 Founders Circle, Athens, AL 35613

SITE PHONE #: 256-232-2412

DATE OF PAT: Monday, July 15, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

TEE TIMES & PAIRINGS: Click Here for Tees Times & Pairings

PAT INFORMATION: Click Here for PAT Information

 

SITE: Timberline Golf Club

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Joe Kruse, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 300 Timberline Trail, Calera, AL 35040

SITE PHONE #: 205-668-7888

DATE OF PAT: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register

SITE: TimberCreek Golf Club

COURSES: Pines to Magnolia

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Rob Bradley, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 9650 Timbercreek Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527

SITE PHONE #: 251-621-9900

DATE OF PAT: Monday, September 16, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register

SITE: Bent Brook Golf Club

COURSES: Brook to Graveyard

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Mickey Smith, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 7900 Dickey Springs Rd., Bessemer, AL 35022

SITE PHONE #: 205-424-2368

DATE OF PAT: Monday, October 21, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register

SITE: Bay Point Golf Club

COURSE: Nicklaus Course

HOST PROFESSIONAL: Ryan Mulvey, PGA

SITE ADDRESS: 4701 Bay Point Rd., Panama City, FL 32408

SITE PHONE #: 850-235-6950

DATE OF PAT: Monday, November 25, 2019

SITE CHARGES: $60 includes range balls, cart, and lunch

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register

For more information please
Contact Wade Dockery with the Alabama-NW Florida PGA
(205) 621-6401


Target score formula: Course rating X 2 + 15
ie (70.8 x 2 = 141.6 (141) + 15 = 156)
drop decimal…do not round up

** Site charges at each facility covers cart, range and lunch on day of PAT.

Playing Ability Test (PAT)

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 eight years prior to registering into the PGA Professional Golf Management Program (PGA PGM Program):

  1. Pass the 36-hole Playing Ability Test or;
  2. Attempt the PAT at least once within the eight 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 for the PAT schedule and online registration. To register by phone, please contact PGA Membership Services at (800) 474-2776.

Click Here to view PAT policies and procedures.

Scores from the first two competition rounds of a collegiate golf tournament (Division I, II, III and NAIA) may be used to satisfy the 36-hole PGA Playing Ability Test requirement.  Playing Ability Test validity would extend eight years past the date of passing.  Applicant would be responsible for submitting documentation of scores, yardage and course rating to verify Playing Ability Test eligibility, and all PGA minimum standards for the Playing Ability Test must be met.

Click Here to send us your scores.