Basic Golf Caddie Information

By Wayne Lin

Caddies are important to the golfer because they are the "adviser" on the golf course. They give advice on the course and carry the golfer's bags. Typically a caddie is hand-picked by the golfer. They can also be independently contracted. Several caddies are aspiring or current golfers.

Club Knowledge

The caddie should be familiar with the yardage of the hole so he can alert the golfer which club to use.

Fore or Forward Caddying

Though no longer available on most courses, "forecaddies" were once a necessary part of the game. Before the manicured grass that golfers are so accustomed to now, courses were often kept trimmed only by sheep. Due to the long grass length, finding balls was often a difficult activity. The forecaddy solved this problem by racing ahead of the golfer to spot their shots on the hole. 

Traditional Caddying

This type of caddying has the golfer and caddie walking the course together. Normally the caddie will walk in front of the golfer carrying the golfer's bag. The caddy also offers a variety of advice, such as suggesting a club for a particular shot, in order to assure the lowest possible score.

Green Marking

Caddies are responsible for marking the ball on the green. This helps the golfer know where to place the ball when it is their next shot.

Hole Reading

A caddie can have the responsibility to be a hole reader. They will know how many hills the golfer must contend with, know what hazards are on the course and take wind and weather into account.


If nothing else, a caddie is there to be a friend or companion to the golfer. A typical round of golf lasts three hours. It is helpful to have someone to talk to during the course of play.


About The Author

Wayne Lin has played four years of golf at the collegiate level and coached junior competitors. He has written articles about golf for local newspapers and magazines. To date, Lin has played at over 90 golf courses across the United States and continues to compete in local competitions. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oklahoma.

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