How to hire a caddy at Scottish golf courses
Check out our guide to Scottish Caddies; Which courses provide them and how much they cost!
In the fevered excitement of putting together an itinerary for a Scottish golf trip, you may overlook some of the more practical aspects. Playing five (or more) iconic championship links courses in under a week may sound absolutely fantastic – and it is – but have you considered the physical consequences of potentially carrying a bag over 90 holes? Whisky and painkillers can only do so much.
That’s why hiring a caddie or seeking out the availability of buggies is to be recommended, especially for those of a more senior disposition. An inexpensive alternative to both would be the use of trolleys that are available at the vast majority of courses – usually for a small fee, but if you want to ensure that a visit to the Home of Golf is as special as it can be, let’s take a look at those options.
Why Hire a Caddie?
11th hole at St Andrews
Plan in Advance
The solitary downside to hiring a caddie is undoubtedly the additional cost that it will accrue. If that’s not a concern for you, then it’s not an issue, but for visitors who are on a budget, it might be an idea to carry or push your own clubs for at least some rounds on the trip. Regardless, it is best to make a plan before you travel and factor in any caddying requirements.
To hire the services of a caddie, it is best advised to contact the caddie master or management at a particular course in advance of your visit, as they will then be able to guarantee a caddie for you. It is sometimes possible to arrive on the day of your round and arrange a looper, but that means having to rely on the chance that any of the caddies will be available at that time of day.
In addition to the set cost of hiring a caddie, golfers are also widely encouraged to show their appreciation with a tip at the conclusion of the round. The amount is completely at the discretion of the player, with £15 being an accepted starting point, and most will make an assessment based on the quality of the service. One or two regular caddies may also be welcome to a post-round pint!
10 Iconic Courses and their Caddie Rates
*Correct on the date of publishing but rates may vary
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