I enjoy playing golf. I normally tee it up at a course where there are caddies to carry bags or serve as “runners” for those in carts. A fair number of caddies are in school (grade, high, college) who take the job for the summer. Some stay on for weekends during the school year. It’s a great chance to get some exercise, be in the great outdoors, make a few bucks, learn the game of golf and socialize with a wide variety of people. There are “B” caddies (newbies). “A” caddies (some experience). And “Honor” caddies who may have many years of experience. First year caddies are trained carefully. And they wear orange hats. The caddies come from many states, countries, backgrounds, neighborhoods and schools. Those in high school may apply for an Evans Scholarship for college. The Evans Scholars Foundation is a wonderful non-profit that provides college scholarships for caddies. Members of most golf clubs contribute generously to the Evans Scholar program. Those recipients of the scholarship (we have many) are easily visible on course as they wear distinctive red bibs.
When playing in a competition or just for fun, a good caddie (by the way “caddie” is never spelled “caddy”) can be a secret weapon. They don’t just carry the bag, rake the trap, give yardage and polish your Pro V-1. They also read the greens, talk strategy, help with club selection, and give wise counsel on golf course management.
I can see why Bubba, Jordan, Justin, Phil, Rory and all the others lean heavily on their caddies for second opinions and sage advice. There are times when I was sure the green would break left to right. And the caddie would shake his or her head — “right to left – cup and a half” — and they were usually right. That’s a good reason to trust your caddie. Especially the ones who have been around the block. They can really be a secret weapon.