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Rick Sides

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Caddy Payment
« on: November 20, 2023, 05:22:59 PM »
Quick question.  If someone is hosting you at a club, that is a caddy-only course, do you usually pay for his/her caddy as well as your own?

Kevin_Reilly

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2023, 05:38:40 PM »
Not if the host is a friend, but if the host is some benevolent stranger (hosting you as a favor) then yes, that would be a good idea (to offer, at least).
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Chris Hughes

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2023, 12:14:57 AM »
Quick question.  If someone is hosting you at a club, that is a caddy-only course, do you usually pay for his/her caddy as well as your own?


Yes.

Daryl "Turboe" Boe

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2023, 12:23:27 AM »
Not if the host is a friend, but if the host is some benevolent stranger (hosting you as a favor) then yes, that would be a good idea (to offer, at least).


I second Kevin's comments.  If I have a friend who invites me out to his club and he plays with a caddy all the time I dont feel the need (unless for some reason he has gone out of his way to play on a day that he would not otherwise).  But definitely if a stranger hosts you out of the goodness of their heart because they know you want to play the course than at least the offer to pay is appropriate.  I find about a 50-75% likelihood that they will decline the offer anyway.  Good luck.
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Chris Hughes

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2023, 12:29:04 AM »
I'm unfamiliar with the "stranger" option for accessing top private clubs with caddy programs -- how does this work?
« Last Edit: November 21, 2023, 12:32:59 AM by Chris Hughes »

Tommy Williamsen

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2023, 05:17:10 AM »
If the member is a good friend, I don't usually pay for his caddie. If he has gone out of his way to get me on a particular course and I am playing with a member friend of his, I will offer to pay his caddie. It is always appreciated but seldom accepted.
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Jim_Coleman

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2023, 07:00:08 AM »
   I always pay for a friendís caddy, and he always pays for my green fee. Even when a stranger lets me pay for my green fee, I offer to pay for his caddy. I pretty much insist.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2023, 07:04:37 AM by Jim_Coleman »

John Kavanaugh

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2023, 08:09:11 AM »
I'm unfamiliar with the "stranger" option for accessing top private clubs with caddy programs -- how does this work?


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Stewart Abramson

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2023, 11:19:13 AM »
A friend of 50+ years hosts me at his "top 100" course in the NYC suburbs. I pay for my caddy if we each have our own, or we split it 50-50 if the caddy carries both bags. He pays the guest fee, although I have offered to pay that.


A friend of a friend has hosted me at another similar NYC area club. He would not accept any payment. He also hosted me for drinks at the club. I saw which Bourbon he ordered and sent him two bottles of same to thank him. For hosts who are unwilling to accept payment, I always send something. For awhile I gave them Vol 1 of the confidential guide signed by TD, until I ran out of them.

Ian Mackenzie

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2023, 01:32:11 PM »
   I always pay for a friendís caddy, and he always pays for my green fee. Even when a stranger lets me pay for my green fee, I offer to pay for his caddy. I pretty much insist.


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Kevin_Reilly

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2023, 01:48:27 PM »
Re: replies that say you pay your friend's caddie during a "friendly" guest round.


What kind of guy would accept that?   On guest rounds, in my experience, you are on scholarship for the golf, but pay your caddie...with guidelines given for how much to pay.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2023, 01:50:35 PM by Kevin_Reilly »
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Bruce Katona

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2023, 02:08:03 PM »
I typically paid the caddie fee for my host and he; he covered my guest fee, lunch/a drink afterward as most private clubs won't accept cash and just charge what is consumed to the members account.


As a "Thank You For The Day" I also typically send my host a bottle of their favorite wine or spirits.

John Kavanaugh

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2023, 02:38:34 PM »
Whatís fun is when you need to pay the member on the down low because other people have been selling tee times for profit. I would have loved prohibition.

Jon Sweet

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2023, 03:07:54 PM »
Whatís fun is when you need to pay the member on the down low because other people have been selling tee times for profit. I would have loved prohibition.
Did run across someone trying to charge me over and above to play a course.  They were getting theirs on top of what the caddy master was getting as well.  Guess its the cost of doing business but I wouldn't ever presume to do it myself.  Lucky enough to have a friend at a top10.  He will never let me pay my greens fee so I always pay for his caddy.  Like others have said, it would depend on situation and my relationship with him/her.

Jim_Coleman

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2023, 08:02:17 PM »
   I have been included in an ďall inclusiveĒ annual invitation to a top 10 course. The host clearly makes money on the group. I know what the deal is and pay the bill, but I find it annoying. Iíve gone twice in the last 10 years.

Mark Chaplin

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Re: Caddy Payment
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2023, 01:51:46 PM »
As an overseas guest in the US Iíve been hosted at many clubs by members I do not know. I now always discuss the cost in advance to make it clear thereís no expectation of a free visit. As itís often impossible to pay for anything, settling the caddies fee and giving a gift is the only way to say thank you.


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jeffwarne

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Re: Caddy Payment New
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2023, 02:05:46 PM »
I'd say it greatly depends upon circumstances...
« Last Edit: November 22, 2023, 03:24:24 PM by jeffwarne »
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