Playing Ability Test Registration & Information
Playing Ability Test Information
- Registrations are taken in order of receipt at the PGA of America National Office and through PGALinks.com. There is a 14-day registration deadline for every PAT and an individual may be registered for only two PATs at any one time. The registration fee, paid at the time of registration, is $100.00 for each PAT and the registrant is responsible for all additional on-site fees.
- Those who are employed in a capacity that gives them eligible employment or are registered PGA Golf Management University Program students may register for a PAT at any time prior to the 14-day registration deadline. Those not meeting this eligibility criteria may only register within the fourteen (14) days prior to the 14-day registration deadline.
- If it is found that an individual registered more than fourteen (14) days prior to the registration deadline and did not meet the above eligibility criteria, that individual will be suspended for two years from taking a PAT. If the individual has already played in the PAT, the score will be void.
- For schedule information or to register with an American Express, MasterCard or Visa, visit PGA.org, or call PGA Membership Services at (800) 474-2776.
Registrations are taken in order of receipt at the PGA of America National Office and through PGALinks.com. There is a 30 day registration deadline for every PAT and an individual may be registered for only two PATs at any one time. The registration fee, to the PGA of America paid at the time of registration, is $100 for each PAT and the registrant is also responsible for all additional on-site fees ($60 NENY PGA Section fee).
Those who are employed in a capacity that gives them eligible employment or are registered PGA/PGM University students may register for a PAT at any time prior to the 30 day registration deadline.. Those not meeting this eligibility criteria may only register within the fourteen (14) days prior to the 30 day registration deadline. If it is found that an individual registered more than fourteen (14) days prior to the registration deadline and did not meet the above eligibility criteria, that individual will be suspended for two years from taking a PAT. If the individual has already played in the PAT, the score will be null and void.
If this is your first time registering for a PAT you must register by telephoning the PGA of America at (800) 474-2776. Any time you register for a PAT after your initital registration, you may register online with a credit card.
You can register online (simply click on the "Section Event Registration" link once the page has loaded). Register Online
Waiting List Policy
If a PAT becomes full before the deadline date, a wait list will be established. At the registration deadline a wait list report including the wait list registrants in order of registration is sent to the Section Office. To determine your wait list status, you may contact the PGA National Office prior to the deadline and the Section Office after the deadline. If there are any late cancellations or no shows the day of play, the Section will fill any remaining spots from the wait list, in wait list order, from those who present themselves on site. If a spot does not become available off the wait list, an individual should contact the PGA National Office to have the fees transferred to another available PAT or have funds refunded.
There are no transfers or refunds from a PAT inside the 30 day registration deadline unless it is a cancelation after passing a previous 36-hole PAT (this does not include meeting the 18 hole minimum PAT requirement) or off a wait list. An individual who passes the 36-hole PAT and is signed up for another, must contact the PGA National Office at (800) 474-2776, within three business days of passing the 36-hole PAT to have the funds transferred to a Professional Readiness Orientation registration or refunded.
A competitor who is unable to participate in a PAT and does not notify the PGA National and Section Office at least 72 hours prior to the PAT, will be suspended from playing in another PAT for 90 days. A competitor who withdraws during play or no cards (does not complete and submit a card for two 18 hole rounds) will be suspended from competing in another PAT for 90 days from the date of that PAT. If a competitor is signed up for another PAT within the 90 day suspension period, that individual will be canceled from that PAT and the funds will be refunded.
An individual who cancels, withdraws or no cards due to injury or illness may submit medical documentation to the PGA National Office no later than three business days following the PAT for review for refund and/or waiver of suspension. If a PAT is canceled due to not meeting the minimum registrations, you will be notified by the PGA National Office. If a PAT is canceled due to weather, you should contact the Section Office.
Female participants must wear slacks, culottes, walking shorts, or golf skirts which constitute acceptable clothing worn by women in connection with participation in professional golf tournaments. Male participants must wear slacks and participants shall not wear shorts anywhere on club property. Jeans are not to be considered slacks.
Men shall play from tees at least 6,350 yards in length with a minimum USGA course rating of 68. Women shall play from tees at 78% - 85% of the men's yardage. Participants must have been born female in order to play from the women's tees.
Target score is determined by multiplying the USGA course rating by two (2) and adding fifteen strokes. (After multiplying, any remaining fraction is dropped)
Contestants' clubs must stay on a cart; no more than two carts per grouping. (A third cart may be allowed at the discretion of the facility) Only two people are allowed to ride in the cart at one time.
To "prevent scouting", a player or players using a cart, or their caddies, may not drive the cart past the ball until all shots have been played to the green. "Past the ball" is deemed to be past the nearest ball to the green. If the players or caddies drive slightly past the ball in search of a lost ball, this is not considered past the ball. Subject to undue delay penalty.
When one cart is employed by two players, the cart and any person or thing in it is always deemed to be the equipment of the player whose ball is involved, except when the cart is being driven by one of the players employing it or their caddie, the cart and its contents are considered the equipment of that player.
Spectator carts are not allowed. Only official carts authorized by the Tournament Director will be allowed on the course.
It is imperative that all players return their carts to the cart staging area immediately upon completion of their round. Do not leave them at the various courses or their respective practice areas or parking lot.
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