PGA of Canada Player Ability Test Revamped

After two years of research and feedback, the PGA of Canada is announcing updates to the Play Ability Test process effective for 2020.

While not necessarily easier, there is now consistency across the country including the cost which has been made more affordable for all prospective members.

Players will now register centrally on at a cost of $325 plus tax, which includes their 1st PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. Subsequent attempts during that period will cost $150 each.

This not the only major change.

Using feedback from members, boards, zones, Golf Canada, International PGA's and the association's exit surveys, there will now be separate PAT target scores for men, women, and seniors, backed by handicap data from Golf Canada. Details will be released later this year.

Also, good play in other tournaments can now be used to avoid the entire process.

Scores from an event within the past two years (2019 & 2018) run by any recognized organization from Golf Canada and its provincial associations to the European Seniors Tour can be submitted as evidence of being able to play. A full list of the qualifying tours and associations can be found

To find out more, contact Darcy Kral, Managing Director of Membership, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 1.800.782.5764 ext.224

"While maintaining the integrity of playing ability, these updates streamline the PAT process and address several key areas identified as barriers to joining the association."