Caddies

You can take a walking caddie or forecaddie on the Dye Course at French Lick.

Where would the sport of golf be without the caddie? In the words of Bradley S. Klein, they are the ultimate insider in sports. They can get inside their player's head like no one else, and they know what their player is feeling on the course moreso than any coach or spouse.

Despite the proliferation of technology like the golf cart and yardage devices, caddies nevertheless endure. They are still used at many private clubs around the U.S. and are a fixture of the links golf experience in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They are commonplace in Asia but their roles are differently defined as golfers typically also take golf carts.

Organizations like Evans Scholars and the Western Golf Association continue to support the future of the caddie. Such issues as increased labor costs and a limited labor market as well as liability have led to their decline, but resorts like Bandon Dunes and Kohler have kept their job alive. Other resorts have implemented animal caddies like llamas or goats. We've covered the story and role of the caddie all over the world at Golf Advisor, as well as have included some articles on which resorts in the U.S. they are available. We also cover the tricky issue of what they should be paid and what to tip.

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January 14, 2019
Does anyone know what to tip a looper? Bradley S. Klein, a former caddie, offers some tips on protocol at resorts and private clubs.
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September 6, 2019
From 17th century beginnings to 21st century digital media representation, caddies remain part of the fabric of golf.
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October 17, 2016
Never played with a caddie? Here are a few simple do's and don'ts to keep in mind.
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September 30, 2014
You've finished your round, and there they are: cart boys or gals. How much do you have to tip these guys? Mike Bailey explores that and other golf-course tipping questions.
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May 31, 2019
Loopers, a new documentary debuting June 7, examines the unique role of the caddie
5 Min Read
February 15, 2019
A visit with the Evans Scholars is a reminder of the infinite wisdom to be learned from looping
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June 5, 2012
If you're ever used a caddie, you know there are some real characters out there. Here are some of the best and worst I've had...
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November 9, 2018
Tom Doak's suburban Denver design is a model for affordable public golf.
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March 19, 2014
Find out exactly what they're saying...and the simple things you can do to ensure they don't say it about you.
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February 13, 2018
Using animal caddies isn't new in the world of golf, but The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Oregon will put its own spin on the concept by offering goat caddies on its seven-hole McVeigh's Gauntlet course in 2018.
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November 19, 2009
Thailand's female caddies are a big reason why the country is such a popular golf destination - one with a higher repeat-visitor rate than anywhere else in the region. Your caddie experience in Thailand will be far different - and far less expensive - than anywhere in the Western world of golf. The round will come with a bushel full of foreign nuances you won't come close to enjoying back home, so enjoy the ride.
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August 12, 2019
Has the decline of the caddie ranks contributed to widespread issues?
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May 1, 2017
Sometimes, a caddie can make all the difference on the golf course. Jason Scott Deegan compiled all the public and resort courses that offer their services.
6 Min Read
May 1, 2017
Jason Scott Deegan looks at the ten best golf destinations in the U.S. that offer caddies and forecaddies.
11 Min Read
July 14, 2014
Matt Ginella has compiled everything you need to know about planning your first golf trip to Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon.
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December 14, 2016
The staff at Golf Advisor has visited almost every golf resort in America over the years and has come up with a blueprint that every golf resort should follow.
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October 22, 2013
If you enjoy walking golf courses, check out these 20 top courses in North America where walking is required or highly encouraged.
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October 31, 2016
South Korea and France are nearly half a world apart. Jason Scott Deegan found that the countries' golf customs are just as far apart.
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August 25, 2014
Here's a list of the five best walking-only golf courses in the U.S. Not surprisingly, most are major championship venues.
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March 9, 2015
Streamsong Resort is on its way to becoming the Bandon Dunes of the East. Here's what you need to know about this central Florida gem.
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May 10, 2016
Answers to 7 of the most frequently-asked questions about playing TPC Sawgrass on a Florida Golf Vacation...direct from the unbiased experts.
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February 19, 2016
Just in time for the Oscars, Mike Bailey names his favorite golf flicks of all time, from "Caddyshack" to "Tin Cup" to "The Greatest Game Ever Played.
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