About Caddying


Caddying – a tradition unlike any other – is an essential tenet of golf. Caddies spot lost balls, read greens and perform forecaddie roles, such as standing by the fairway to track tee shots. From rookie “rabbits” to seasoned veterans, caddies play a critical role.

Caddying has been part of golf as long as the game has been in existence. As early as the 1800s, upper-class golfers used caddies to carry their clubs around the golf course. The oldest form of caddying involved carrying the clubs directly under the arms. Then, in the late 1890s, bags with shoulder straps came into existence, easing the burden.

The addition of bags doesn’t mean caddying is easy work. However, caddying has many benefits. First, walking 18 holes with one or two bags is a great form of exercise. Second, this activity can be a great summer job. Indeed, caddies experience a sense of camaraderie; the thrill of finding a golfer’s errant tee shot or giving the correct advice before he/she makes a long putt creates a sense of gratification. Third, caddying offers the potential for a scholarship.

Looking to caddie? Contact our member clubs for caddying opportunities. Click here for a list of caddie masters and their contact information.


Check out excerpts from the CMA Caddie Training Video shot at Quaker Ridge Golf Club. More Info


The Metropolitan Golf Association holds free caddie academies where prospective caddies can learn about caddying. More Info