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Caddie Policy

All players 8 years old and younger have the option to be accompanied by someone 15 years old or older to serve as their caddie. We encourage you to take advantage of this privilage.

Important USGA Caddie-Related Rules

Rule 14-2b states that in “making a stroke,” a player shall not allow his caddie to position himself on or close to an extension of the line of play or the line of putt behind the ball. A caddie may position himself in this manner before the player commits to beginning his swing but must move away once the player is set to begin his swing. Failure to do so will result in a two-stroke penalty.

Rule 8-2b states that when a player's ball is on the putting green, the player or his caddie may before, but not during, the stroke, point out a line for putting, but in doing so the putting green shall not be touched. No mark shall be placed anywhere to indicate a line for putting. Violation of this rule will result in a two-stroke penalty.

Rule 17-3 states that the player's ball shall not strike the flagstick or attendant when the flagstick is attended or the flagstick is in the hole, unattended, or when the ball has been played from the putting green. Should this occur, the player is assessed a two-stroke penalty, and the ball is played as it lies.

Rule 8-1 states that a Caddie is one who carries or handles a player's clubs during play and otherwise assists him in accordance with the rules. A player may only have one caddie at any given time. A caddie may be replaced or eliminated at any time by the player. No other person may offer advice or help to a player other than his caddie.

  • Enjoy this experience with your junior golfer. Work together as a team.
  • Be a positive role model for our junior golfers, and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, officials and spectators.
  • Teach your junior golfer that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that he/she will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
  • Praise your junior golfer for competing fairly and trying hard.
  • Never ridicule or yell at your junior golfer or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Promote the emotional and physical well-being of the competitors, ahead of any personal desire you may have for your junior golfer to win.
  • Learn the rules of the game.
  • Remember that a rules violation by you, the caddie, is the same as if your junior golfer violated the rule.
  • You should be aware of the basic rules and assist your junior golfer in accordance with the rules.
  • Call for a rules official when a situation and its correct resolve is not clear.
  • Do not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, player, or parent such as refusing to shake hands, using profane language or gestures.

    If a caddie becomes disruptive to the point of receiving a formal complaint, the caddie may be removed by the tournament or club play committee.

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