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How To Become A Golf Caddy - View Video

Updated on August 20, 2015
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

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I live in a swim, tennis, and golf community and I have always wondered why in the world would someone want to carry around a huge bag filled with golf clubs. Well, one day I tried it and it wasn't so bad. Actually, it was fun and yes I was extremely tired after carrying that golf bag for over two hours. After talking with some caddies I learned that they really travel a lot and get to meet the coolest people. They get some great perks as well. The caddies told me how they began the life of a caddy, so now I will share that knowledge with you.

Get To Know The Rules of Golf And The Terminology

One of the very first things to do is to read up on the sport and get a subscription to a golf magazine. Know where the green, the rough and fairway are. The following terms are a must to know:

  • Eagle
  • Birdie
  • Hole-in-one
  • Double Bogey
  • Albatross
  • Par
  • Triple Bogey

Get involved at a local country club, a golf resort, or a golf course that may offer a Caddy Program, and volunteer for tours if you have to, the Nationwide Tour, Hooter's Tour or maybe the European Tour. Some of the caddies said they practiced replacing divots, learned to tell the direction of the wind, and asked around about golfers who were looking for caddies - they networked. As they learned the game of Golf, they played on different golf courses because each had their own difficulty level.


Track Your Progress

As you become knowledgeable in the game of Golf by volunteering, taking courses, etc., develop a Golf resume for yourself. List out your courses taken, the golf courses you've played on, the tours you've volunteered with, develop a list of references of golfers in which you were their caddy. Ask for reference letters from the golfers with whom you were their caddy. You may want to develop yourself a caddy website and place its link on your golf resume.

Get Schooled In The Game Of Golf

Investigate what colleges and universities offer Golf Programs that are accredited by The PGA of America for their Golf Management Programs.

Know Where The "Big Boys" Play Golf

Know the golf courses where the champions played - you don't have to know about all, but knowing about some will give you some credibility. Golf greats like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Sam Snead, and Arnold Palmer.

  • Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Pebble Beach
  • Augusta National
  • The Old Course at St. Andrews
  • Royal County Down
  • Bandon Dunes
  • Kiawah Island (Ocean Course)
  • Cape Kidnappers
  • Straits Course at
    Whistling Straits
  • Ballybunion

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