2016 South Florida PGA
P.A.T. Schedule

*Registration is now open for all 2016 Playing Ability Tests (as of 12/8/15)*

One of the following must be completed within two years prior to registering into the PGA Professional Golf Management Program:

  1. Pass the Player’s Ability Test (PAT)
  2. Attempt the PAT at least twice 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.

The PAT is offered approximately 600 times per year by the PGA’s 41 Section offices throughout the country. The PAT is not an entrance requirement into the GPTP, but must be passed prior to an individual being elected to membership. The PAT remains valid during the Acceptable Progress period, and is considered valid if passed within two years prior to registration into the GPTP. In order to be successful, you must achieve a 36-hole score within 15 shots of the course rating. This competition is normally conducted in one day. For example, if the course rating is 72, the target score for the 36 holes would be 159 (72 x 2=144 + 15=159).

The PAT is conducted from the middle of the regular tees for men and the women’s tees are set based on the yardage requirement for women. The hole locations are set on a generally flat area as close as possible to the center of the greens. 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.

Seven (7) PAT’s are going to take place in the South Florida Section Mainland Chapters in 2016.

Date Site
Monday, April 25, 2016 San Carlos Golf Club
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Royal Palm Country Club
Thursday, June 23, 2016 Oriole Golf and Tennis Club
Monday September 12, 2016 Fort Lauderdale Country Club – South Course
Monday, September 26, 2016 Stoneybrook Golf Club of Estero
Monday, October 10, 2016 Jonathan’s Landing at Old Trail
Thursday, December 1, 2016 Park Ridge Golf Course

**Please note that player information and pairings will  be provided on the Tournament Information Page. The link to this page will be posted on-line as well as emailed out to each participant**

For additional inquires contact:

South Florida PGA Section Office

Christopher Gilkey – Tournament Director


(w) 561-729-0544

(c) 561-303-7680


*All PAT deadlines are 14 days prior to the event.   Players must register either online, by going to www.pgalinks.com, or by calling the PGA of America’s National Office. To register by phone, please contact the Member Information Service Center (MISC) at 1-800-474-2776.

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