Passing the PAT is not an entrance requirement into the PGA Professional Golf Management Program, but the PAT must be passed prior to an individual registering for the Level 3 Checkpoint. The PAT remains valid during the Acceptable Progress period, and is considered
valid if passed within two years prior to registration into the PGM Program. In order to be successful, you must achieve a 36-hole score within 15 shots of the course rating. For example, if the course rating were 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.
One of the following must be completed to register into the PGA Professional Golf Management Program:
a. Pass the Player’s Ability Test or;
b. 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 eight years.
The following are some of the requirements of a PAT host site:
Host facilities may charge an on site fee to cover the costs for green fees, cart usage, lunch or range fees. The host professional will be remunerated in the amount of $125 for hosting the PAT.
If you are interested in hosting a PAT at your facility, please contact the Section office at 508-869-0000.