PDGA Player Classifications & Divisions

Here are some definitions for the principal PDGA divisions and some practical examples of the level of skill to be expected in each. This includes a range of scores on a typical 18 hole course at a PDGA Tour event. Such a course would require a variety of discs and shots, and may be described as being of medium difficulty or harder, and as having a pro par of 54, with holes ranging from 200-500 feet, significant elevation changes, obstacles and rough.

Amateur Divisions

Advanced - the top amateur division, available to all amateur players. Required division for male amateur players under 40 years of age with ratings >= 935. Tournament experienced players who have played disc golf for several years, and developed consistency. Throw 300-450 feet, make 5-7/10 putts from 25-30 feet, have different shots in their arsenal. Score range: < 58

Intermediate - available to amateur players of all ages with player ratings < 935. Developing players who have played 2-3 years with improved consistency and accuracy. Throw 250-350 feet, make 5-7/10 putts from 20 feet. Score range: <63

Recreational - available to amateur players of all ages with player ratings < 900. For players who have played 1-2 years and are gaining consistency and experience. Throw 200-300 feet, make 4-6/10 putts from 20 feet, learning different shots. Score range: 63+

Novice – available to amateur players of all ages with player ratings < 850. For beginning and casual players who are learning basic Frisbee® and disc golf skills. Throw 175-250 feet, make 3-5/10 putts from 20 feet, can throw backhand with some accuracy. Score range: 68+

Advanced Women - the top women’s amateur division, available to all female amateur players. Required division for female amateur players under 40 years of age with ratings >= 825. Upcoming players who have played 2-3 years and are gaining consistency and experience. Throw 200-300 feet, make 4-6/10 putts from 25-30 feet, developing different shots. Score Range : <70.

Intermediate Women – available to female amateur players with ratings < 825. Players who have developed basic Frisbee® and disc golf skills and/or have tournament experience. Throw 125-200 feet, make 3-5/10 putts from 20 feet, can throw backhand with some accuracy. Score range: <75

Recreational Women - available to female amateur players with player ratings < 775. For beginning and casual players who are learning basic Frisbee® and disc golf skills. Score range: 75+

Novice Women - available to female amateur players with player ratings < 725. For beginning and casual players who are learning basic Frisbee® and disc golf skills. Score range: 80+

Advanced Master – available to players who will be 40 years of age or older during the current year. Seasoned tournament players who have competed for several years, and developed consistency. Throw 250-350 feet, make 5-7/10 putts from 25-30 feet, have different shots to choose from. Score range: <63

Advanced Grandmaster – available to players who will be 50 years of age or older during the current year.

Advanced Senior Grandmaster – available to players who will be 60 years of age or older during the current year.

Advanced Legends – available to players who will be 70 years of age or older during the current year.

Juniors – divided into four groups based on age. <=10, <=13, <=16, <=19 during the entire calendar year.

Professional Divisions

Open - the top professional division, available to players of any age or sex.

A world class Open player has many years of tournament experience, drives at least 350 feet, makes 7-9/10 putts from 25-30 feet, rarely makes a mistake, and has a shot for every situation. Ratings Guideline: 1000+ Score range: <51

An average Open player has several years experience, throws 325-400 feet accurately, makes 6-8/10 putts from 25-30 feet, and has a variety of shots (rollers, forehands, etc) to draw from. Ratings Guideline: 970+ Score range: <56

Open Women - the top womens division, available to female players of any age.

A top Open Women's player will have played at least 5 years, throws 300-375 feet accurately, make 6-8/10 putts from 25-30 feet, throws backhand and forehand. Ratings Guideline: 925+ Score range: <58

An average Open Women's player will have played several years, throws 250-325 feet, make 5-6/10 putts from 25-30 feet.

Ratings Guideline: 900+ Score range: <61

Master - available to players who will be 40 years of age or older during the current year. Seasoned veterans who throw 300-400 feet consistently, make 6-8/10 putts from 25-30 feet, have good shot variety. Ratings Guideline: 935+ Score range: <58

Master Women - available to female players who will be 40 years of age or older during the current year. Ratings Guideline: 850+ Score range: <63

Grandmaster - available to players who will be 50 years of age or older during the current year. Seasoned veterans who throw 250-350 feet, make 5-8/10 putts from 25-30 feet, have good shot variety. Ratings Guideline: 900+ Score range: <61

Grandmaster Women – available to female players who will be 50 years of age or older during the current year. Ratings Guideline: 800+

Senior Grandmaster - available to players who will be 60 years of age or older during the current year. Ratings Guideline: 850+ Score range: <65

Senior Grandmaster Women – available to female players who will be 60 years of age or older during the current year. Ratings Guideline: 750+

Legend - available to players who will be 70 years of age or older during the current year. Ratings Guideline: 800+

Legend Women – available to players who will be 70 years of age or older during the current year. Ratings Guideline 750+

Senior Legend - available to players who will be 75 years of age or older during the current year. Ratings Guideline: 800+

Grand Legend – available to players who will be 80 years of age or older during the current year. Ratings Guideline 800+

Player Classification

A player relinquishes Amateur status by registering as a Professional member in the PDGA, or by competing in a Professional division at a PDGA Tour event and accepting cash based on place of finish. A player may request reclassification from Professional to Amateur status by petitioning the PDGA Tour Manager. Reclassification within Amateur divisions (for example, from Intermediate to Advanced or vice versa), is based on player ratings.