SOCIAL STUDIES Tipping Your Caddie And Other Golf Niceties

A caddie is a person who carries a golfer's clubs and provides a range of assistance during a match that can include handing you your clubs, wiping them off after each shot, cleaning your golf ball before each hole and again when you reach the green, measuring distances and advising you as needed, replacing divots and ball marks, and raking the sand traps. You don't have to golf with a caddie but it sure is a treat when you do!

 Caddies are usually tipped after the eighteenth hole, and ALL players should be prepared to tip them. At a club where members are billed later for their greens fee, as a guest you should pay both caddies' fees, yours and theirs. If you're a guest at someones private club who isn't billed at a later date, you should pay the greens fee and your caddies fee. In either case, if your host tries to pay, it is your duty to politely stand firm and pay.

What is typically customary? For a forecaddie (the person positioned up ahead on a golf hole whose job is to track golfers' shots as each plays his or her golf ball), about $20-$25 per player is reasonable. For a caddie toting just your bag, around $40 to $50 is customary, a little less if the caddie is carrying both bags for you and the other golfer you are playing with as the other golfer should be tipping the caddie as well. If you are still unsure and want to stay on the safe side, you can always ask the caddie master or head pro (I'd search out the head pro who will probably give you a little more objective point of view).
Also, a caddie who offers valuable reads on your shots deserves an extra $10-$20 bonus on top of a normal tip.

Loeffler Randall

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