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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!

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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.

Tipping Caddies

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

If you want to start planning your Scottish trip today and give Golfbreaks a call today on 0808 196 4459.

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