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 2022. 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.

Prospective Members must Meet the following Entrance Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • 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 paid hours per year by December 1st
  • Two reference letters, one from your employer and one from a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member
  • Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online
  • Pass a sanctioned Playing Ability Test

PAT Target Score

  • 1 round PAT (18-holes)
  • 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 (2021 & 2020) run by one of the following: Golf Canada and its provincial associations, NCAA, PGA Tour, Mackenzie Tour - 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 - registration fee $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 #5 - 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.
   



2022 Alberta PAT Schedule

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


#1 - Alberta Springs



Date: Tuesday, May 24

Start 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
May 17, 2022 @ 4pm


#2 - Highwood Golf


Date: Tuesday, June 7

Start Time: 3:10pm T/T
$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
May 31, 2022 @ 4pm

 

#3 - Alberta Springs

 


Date: Tuesday, July 12

Start Time:
10:10am 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 7, 2022 @ 4pm


#4 - Mill Woods GC

  

Date: Wednesday, August 10

Start Time:
1:18pm T/T
$150 Men
Yards: 6,334 (White tees)
Rating: 70.3

Women
Yards: 5,852 (Copper tees)
Rating: 73.9
Men
49 & Under: 79
50 & Over: 81

Women
49 & Under: 87
50 & Over: 89
August 4, 2022 @ 4pm

 

#5 - Woodside GC



Date: Thursday, September 1

Start Time:
2:00pm T/T
$150 Men
Yards: 6,155 (Black tees)
Rating: 68.9

Women
Yards: 5,247 (White tees)
Rating: 70.1
Men
49 & Under: 78
50 & Over: 80

Women
49 & Under: 83
50 & Over: 85
August 25, 2022 @ 4pm
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