How to Become a Caddie

By Larry Anderson
Helping a golfer read a green may be a part of a caddie's role.
Helping a golfer read a green may be a part of a caddie's role.

Most golfers will never be skilled enough to play at the highest levels. But that does not mean they cannot participate in the sport. Other people love golf and want to spend time at the course, but cannot afford the fee required to play. In both instances, golfers can maintain ties to the sport by working as caddies. Whether they are carrying the clubs in a high-dollar tournament or just for a golfer who is playing with friends, caddies have the same task: to help in any way to make sure golfers gain more enjoyment from their round.

Read about golf and watch golf on television. Learn the lingo and the rules associated with the game. Learn when golfers hit certain clubs and why they make the decisions they make.

Find the nearest golf course that employs caddies. At most courses, you will go through a caddie training course and learn about the fundamental responsibilities of a caddie. Ask questions about how often you can caddie, which days the course typically needs caddies, and whether there are any tournaments that may need caddies.

Go to the course as often as possible and get there as early as possible. Many courses have golfers tee off almost as soon as the sun rises, so if you are one of the first caddies there, it is likely you will be able to caddie that day. And if your golfer finishes the round quickly enough, you may even get to caddie twice in the same day.

Work hard during every round you caddie. Begin by asking the golfer if there is anything specific he would like you to do during the round. Otherwise, keep the basics in mind: always watch where the ball goes; wipe the clubs with a towel after each shot; clean the ball whenever you can; replace any divots the golfer takes; rake the bunkers or sand traps after the golfer has hit out of them; tend the pin when necessary. Some golfers may also want their caddies to keep score.

Develop a rapport with some golfers for whom you have caddied. If you do a good job for them, they may ask you to caddie for them in a tournament or request your services whenever they are playing a round.

Pay attention any time there is a tournament in your area, whether it is amateur or professional. This is especially true if you want to caddie more than just at your local course. While your responsibilities during these events are the same, you likely will be caddying for golfers who are more serious about the sport and, perhaps want to pursue it professionally.

Work your way up the ranks, if that is your desire. While the PGA Tour might be your goal, it is unlikely that is where you will begin. Look into caddying for players on lower-tier tournament circuits like the Nationwide Tour. If you do a good job for the them and they make it to higher levels, it is likely they will take you with them as their caddie.

About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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