Play Ability Test

Become a Member

The Play Ability Test (PAT) is standardized testing all Applicants must pass in order to be eligible to apply for membership. All prospective Applicants are required to register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering for a PAT in 2021. Once an application has been accepted, the PGA of Canada will notify the PGA of Alberta Office that there is a new Applicant who will be attempting a PAT. The PAT’s are conducted by the Zones.

*UPDATE - Due to current restrictions, the PAT at Cardiff G&CC on May 25 will be postponed to a later date. Once confirmed, we will update this page with the new date.

*IMPORTANT - With the recent Government regulations coming into effect prohibiting competitions in Alberta, the 2021 Play Ability Tests are currently being reviewed. Important updates will be posted on this page regarding the status of the PAT’s so please check periodically.

*Due to COVID-19, the PGA of Alberta will NOT be accepting Applicants from outside Alberta at this time.

*Caddies/Spectators are NOT permitted at PAT events.

Prospective Members must Meet the following Entrance Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or higher
  • Currently working in the golf industry to be verified by your employer, and work a minimum of 400 hours per year
  • Two reference letters, one from your employer and one from a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member
  • Pass a sanctioned Playing Ability Test
  • Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online

PAT Target Score

  • 1 round PAT
  • No maximum number of attempts per year
  • All PAT’s are open to all Applicants
  • For Men, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 9 strokes
  • For Men, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 11 strokes
  • For Women, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 13 strokes
  • For Women, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 15 strokes

PAT Registration Process
Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your 1st PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an applicant to register for and attempt at PAT.

Step 2 
- Register online at pgaofcanada.com for all PAT’s - ($150 per each additional attempt)

If an Applicant is unsuccessful in each of their PAT attempts over the course of a season, those applicants may try again the following season. Successful Applicants will pay dues for the upcoming season at that time. Click here for more information on the application process and the steps that need to be taken after becoming a member.


PAT Exemption Process
PAT exemptions are available, as determined by the PGA of Canada. In recognition of demonstrated playing ability, an Applicant will be awarded an exemption from the Play Ability Test requirement based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a stroke play event with referees present
  • Score meets the PAT standard of 9 over the course rating for men and 13 over the course rating for women
  • Scores from an event within the past two years (2020 & 2019) run by one of the following: Golf Canada and it’s provincial associations, NCAA, PGA Tour, Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada, Korn Ferry Tour, Asian Tour, European Tour, PGA Tour Australasia, Sunshine Tour, Challenge Tour, Champions Tour, European Seniors Tour, Korean Tour, LPGA Tour, Symetra Tour, Ladies European Tour, LPGA of Japan, Australian (ALPG) Tour, Korean LPGA Tour (KLPGA), PGA of Canada National Championships, PAT run by a PGA of Canada Zone and a PAT run by recognized foreign PGA’s.

To apply for a PAT Exemption, please follow the below steps.

Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - at $325 plus tax

Step 2
 - Submit your scores for a possible PAT Exemption using the online form at pgaofcanada.com (if successful, an additional fee of $25 plus tax applies).

PLEASE NOTE - *TOURNAMENT WAITING PERIOD FOR PLAY ABILITY TEST EXEMPTIONS (Rule #41 - Click Here)

Any Member that receives a Play Ability Test (PAT) Exemption from the PGA of Canada will have a 60-day waiting period before they will be eligible to play in PGA of Alberta sanctioned Tournaments. The 60-day waiting period begins when the Member who receives the PAT Exemption becomes an official Member of the PGA of Canada and the Zone office is notified.

If any Member who receives a PAT Exemption wants to play in PGA of Alberta sanctioned Tournaments prior to when the 60-day period ends, they will be eligible to play in one of the Zones PAT’s. Once they successful pass the PAT, the waiting period will be waived and they will be eligible to play in PGA of Alberta sanctioned Tournaments after submitting the Tournament Eligibility Form online and meeting the eligibility requirements.

The 60-day waiting period will be waived for all LPGA Members that receive a PAT exemption from the PGA of Canada and become a Member.


Withdrawal Policy
Players who wish to withdraw from a PAT must do so no later than 4:00pm before the Registration Deadline. Please refer to the Registration Deadlines in the table below.

  • Withdrawal before Registration Deadline = 100% Refund
  • Withdrawal after Registration Deadline = No Refund

A player who fails to withdraw online or notify the office staff of their withdrawal before the Registration Deadline will not receive a refund of their entry fee.
   


2021 Alberta PAT Schedule


*IMPORTANT - With the recent Government regulations coming into effect prohibiting competitions in Alberta, the 2021 Play Ability Tests are currently being reviewed. Important updates will be posted on this page regarding the status of the PAT’s so please check periodically.

*Due to COVID-19, the PGA of Alberta will NOT be accepting Applicants from outside Alberta at this time.

*Caddies/Spectators are NOT permitted at PAT events.

Venue Date/Start Time Cost (plus GST) Yardage/Rating
(Estimated)
Target Score
(Estimated)
Registration
Deadline


#1 - Cardiff G&CC


Date: Postponed

First Tee Time: TBA
$150 Men
Yards: 6,233 (White tees)
Rating: 69.7

Women
Yards: 5,246 (Green tees)
Rating: 70.2
Men
49 & Under: 79
50 & Over: 81

Women
49 & Under: 83
50 & Over: 85
TBA, 2021 @ 4pm


#2 - Highwood G&CC

Date: Monday, June 21st

First Tee Time:
TBA
$150 Men
Yards: 6,190 (B/W Combo tees)
Rating: 69.9

Women
Yards: 5,282 (Red tees)
Rating: 70.8
Men
49 & Under: 79
50 & Over: 81

Women
49 & Under: 84
50 & Over: 86
June 14, 2021 @ 4pm


#3 - Links at Spruce Grove (The)


Date: Monday, July 12th

First Tee Time: TBA
$150 Men
Yards: 6,410 (Blue tees)
Rating: 70.1

Women
Yards: 5,121 (Red tees)
Rating: 71.0
Men
49 & Under: 79
50 & Over: 81

Women
49 & Under: 84
50 & Over: 86
July 5, 2021 @ 4pm


#4 - Alberta Springs


Date: Tuesday, August 3rd

First Tee Time:
10:00am T/T
$150 Men
Yards: 6,356 (Blue tees)
Rating: 70.2

Women
Yards: 5,141 (Red tees)
Rating: 70.0
Men
49 & Under: 79
50 & Over: 81

Women
49 & Under: 83
50 & Over: 85
July 27, 2021 @ 4pm


#5 - Alberta Springs


Date: Thursday, September 2nd

First Tee Time:
10:00am T/T
$150 Men
Yards: 6,356 (Blue tees)
Rating: 70.2

Women
Yards: 5,141 (Red tees)
Rating: 70.0
Men
49 & Under: 79
50 & Over: 81

Women
49 & Under: 83
50 & Over: 85
August 26, 2021 @ 4pm

*Due to COVID-19, the PGA of Alberta will NOT be accepting Applicants from outside Alberta at this time.

*Caddies/Spectators are NOT permitted at PAT events.

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