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Stephen Monday
951.331-4736 | 

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PDR Requirements

Professional Development Requirements, PDR, is a requirement of PGA Members. The current cycle is Cycle 17A: June 16, 2022 – June 15, 2025.

Credit requirements consist of three categories: (a) 54 Total Credits, (b) 30 PGA Required Credits which must be from Education and/or Player Development and (c) 6 PGA Required Credits which must be from Meetings and/or National Surveys.

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Associates – All new Associates must complete an Orientation in order to participate in Section and Chapter Events.

Members – You must attend an Orientation within a year of your election date to continue to be eligible for tournament play.

2023 Orientations:

April 13

July 13

August 17

October 19

December 14


*Dates are Subject to Change*

Playing Ability Test

The Playing Ability Test or “PAT” is a measure of golfing ability. It means PGA Professionals have the skills needed to teach and grow the game. The 36-hole playing ability test is something you must pass to become a PGA Professional.

2023 Schedule

Date Venue
January 16 Olivas Links
February 20 Temecula Creek Golf Club (Oak/Creek)
March 27 Los Serranos Golf Club (North)
April 24 St. Mark Golf Club
May 15 Hesperia Golf & Country Club
July 17 Rio Bravo Country Club
October 9 Hesperia Golf & Country Club
November 6 The Links at Lakehouse
December 11 Temecula Creek Golf Club (Oak/Creek)
December 18 Mission Hills (North)


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PAT Section Contact: Stephen Monday, Membership Director
951.331.4736 |

*NOTE: Taking and passing the Playing Ability Test does not mean that you are a Professional or a PGA Associate.

Direct Deposit

Interested in direct deposit? As a member, you are able to enroll with the SCPGA to receive payments faster and to eliminate the hassle of going to the bank to deposit your check!

Two items must be submitted for enrollment:

  1. Completed direct deposit form
  2. Copy of a voided check or a statement from your bank verifying your account and routing numbers. (Without this verification, your application for enrollment is unable to be processed)

Sign up your facility! Your facility or company is also able to enroll and it takes less than 10 minutes to complete! Click here to enroll today!

For more information, contact Kristy Wattimena, SCPGA Finance/Office Manger at  951-845-4653.

Not a Member? Become One

PGA membershipThere are two pathways that lead to PGA membership — the PGA PGM Associate Program and the PGA Golf Management University Program.

While the associate and university programs differ in significant ways, both pathways require completion of the same PGA PGM curriculum, work experience, PGA Playing Ability Test, and employment or internship requirements.

The courses cover content and activities every PGA Professional should know and be able to demonstrate when they enter the profession as a PGA member.

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