How to Become a Golf Caddy

By Bill Herrfeldt

Before golf carts happened on the scene, caddies were some of the most respected professionals in sports. They were students of the game and perfected their skills far beyond what most caddies do today. Still, the most successful caddies that players specifically ask for nowadays are those that have special qualities like course knowledge, and the help they can be to their player. A good caddy also needs to know his duties on the golf course like raking sand traps, replacing divots and knowing where to stand and whether or not they should tend the flag when the players have reached the green.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Get started by signing up to be a caddie at a local golf course. Most of them have caddie masters who match caddies with players, and will tell you the requirements for carrying a bag there. At most courses, they have a training session at the beginning of the season for new caddies at which they are taught the basic requirements of caddying. Following that, you and other beginners will probably be assigned lower-ranking players until you can convince the caddie master that you are trained sufficiently to move up to a better position.
Step 2
Learn as much as you can about the golf course. Know the distances of each hole and be able, when asked by your player, to tell him how far he must hit the ball to avoid those hazards and to land on the greens. You job is to impart information to your player, and to be supportive of his efforts during his round.
Step 3
Make a positive impression with the players for whom you caddie, or you will not move up the ranks to work with better players, which could also lead to better pay. That goes also for the caddie master who rates caddies throughout the year, and the caddies with the best reputation get the best assignments the following year.
Step 4
Check to see if and when the caddies can play the golf course. Usually when the course is closed, the caddies can play golf free of charge, so they can improve their skills and become more valuable to their players. Be forthcoming with advice about how he can improve his shots and over time, it will pay dividends in better assignments and more money.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.


Scott C.  left a review of Westpark

Scott C. joined GolfLink
Lemmie C. joined GolfLink

Bill F.  Scored 89 at  Red Tail Devens, Massachusetts

Darrell F. joined GolfLink

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
On Plane Takeaway Drill Watch Video>>

Related Articles

Article Image Pioneers of the Game: Ann Gregory - The First Black Woman to Compete at a USGA Event

Credit: USGA Museum   The history of golf in America,...

Article Image Here are the Golfers Most Likely to Earn Their First PGA Tour Win in 2019-2020

  The 2019-2020 PGA Tour season is just beginning, and alread...

Article Image Former Champion Georgia Hall’s Stolen Women’s British Open Trophy

photo by Dom Furore Georgia Hall is an English professional golfer...

Article Image New Faces on Tour: Who Earned Their PGA Tour Cards Through the Korn Ferry Tour?

  The Korn Ferry Tour, formerly known as the Tour, is...

Article Image Rory McIlroy’s Tour Championship Winning Clubs

  Rory McIlroy made himself $15 million richer by rising above ...

View All Related Articles