Have you ever used a caddie? Or is it caddy? Either way, have you ever played 18 holes with a caddy? The other day I was running around my neighborhood, and saw several caddies running up the 18th fairway at TPC Scottsdale. These are called forecaddies, and will inform a player where to aim, then run ahead and prepare for the next shot after the player hits. Caddies are not required at TPC Scottsdale, but they are there if you want/need one. I have never played 18 holes with one… except for last Saturday when I played and one of the guys in my group WAS a caddie!
(See, I am going to spell it both caddy and caddie in this blog post. I just don’t know the correct spelling, apparently.)
We teed off, and I asked the guys if they had ever played the course before. They both had, and it ended there. We were playing Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. After a few holes, I asked Steve what he was up to these days. I hadn’t seen him in a while, and was curious what he was doing in the golf space. We chatted about his role and his time on the bag, so to speak. He also said he was going to be writing a book about his years as a caddie. He used to be at Bandon Dunes and now is at a private club here in the Valley. The book will be called Are You Sure? and will highlight stories on and off the golf course as a seemingly successful caddie.
Keeping in mind that he was a caddie, I asked him a few times about how a putt should break. Every time he read a putt, it either went in or was within the infamous 3-foot circle. It was funny, because there were a few times when he would tell me where to aim, and I would ask, “Are you sure?” PERFECT name for his book!
Guys on TOUR use a caddie, but I have never played a round with one. Maybe one day I will make enough money to afford one! Not only are they expensive, you also need to tip them when the round is over. If you are wondering what to tip, $20 is good. $35 is better. $40 is best.
Great, now I want to go play golf AND use a caddie!