Taking a Caddy at Pinehurst area courses?

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tacrispytacrispy  186WRX Points: 61Members Posts: 186 Fairways
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The boys are headed to Pinehurst next month for rounds at Pine Needles, Mid Pines and Tobacco Road with hopefully one at Pinehurst 2 and possibly another course. I am planning on taking a caddy for Tobacco Road and #2 if we get on of course. I am guessing Pine Needles and Mid Pines are very walkable but I was curious what others thought about using caddies on those courses and/or experiences.

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  • davep043davep043  4693WRX Points: 1,931Handicap: 6.3Members Posts: 4,693 Titanium Tees
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    All of those courses are walkable, with Tobacco Road being the least-often walked. Tobacco Road does have a couple of long stretches between holes. From what I can read, all of your choices besides #2 utilize the services of an outside firm called CaddieWalk for their caddies. I can't tell you how experienced or knowledgeable their caddies are. I know that MidPines has 3-wheel trolleys you can use, I'd bet that Pine Needles does as well. I almost always walk at MidPines, using one of their trolleys to save my old back. There's no discount for NOT using a motorized buggy, but walking is still the way to go.
    In my experience, the caddies at Pinehurst are well trained and very knowledgeable, although there are always some who are better than others. At #2, unless you are with a member, you are required to either use a cart (and stay on the cartpath), or hire a caddie. I'd recommend using a caddie.

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  • bmellisenbmellisen  1124WRX Points: 89Members Posts: 1,124 Platinum Tees
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    Don’t think I’ve ever seen a caddie at the other three courses. Wouldn’t think it would be needed unless it’s something you want.

    Tobacco Road would be the toughest walk. As Dave says some distance between holes. And a little hilly.

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    On -, @bmellisen said:

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen a caddie at the other three courses. **Wouldn’t think it would be needed unless it’s something you want. **

    Tobacco Road would be the toughest walk. As Dave says some distance between holes. And a little hilly.

    I agree with

    On -, @bmellisen , I'm not sure there's specific value in a caddie at some of these courses. At #2, walking with a caddie gets you off of the cart path and into the fairways, and the caddies are trained by the resort, so there's a minimum level of quality I just don't know how well CaddieWalk controls the quality and course knowledge of their caddies. At the other courses, you can drive your cart in the fairways, or walk on the fairways, whatever your choice. At Mid Pines and Pine Needles, the loaner trolleys help take some of the weight off of your shoulders if you choose to walk, with no additional cost. If you really want a caddie, go for it. You might get a great guy the first day, and have him on your bag for the rest of your rounds.
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  • ceejay81ceejay81 Love that chicken from Popeyes! Washington, DC 2084WRX Points: 1,385Members Posts: 2,084 Platinum Tees
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    A bunch of us walked at Tobacco Road back in late February. If you're used to walking a lot, it's really no problem. There's a couple tough transfers on the back 9 but nothing too egregious. I have only been there twice but I've never seen anybody use a caddie there. I don't think it's really necessary. But if you want a nice day outside without having to carry or push your bag, then by all means do it. Just not sure of the added value a caddie would provide outside of that. Absolutely take a caddie on #2. That is a fantastic walk and those greens can be tough to read. My first two times on the course I was totally caddie dependent on reads but last week when I was there, I read all of my own putts. My caddie had been there less than a month, unfortunately, so I was cool doing it on my own.

    Mid Pines is a great walk. We took our own push carts. I have not walked Pine Needles (only have ridden in a cart) but I'd have to imagine it's on par with the walk at Mid Pines. I have not seen caddies at either of these courses either. Really the only mandatory caddie is #2. The rest of the courses you don't really need one unless you just want one.

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  • bulls9999bulls9999 GHIN Index = 12.8 933WRX Points: 192Members Posts: 933 Golden Tee
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    I did notice one course around there had (a novelty?) Llamas as caddy's, but my family joked about it. I could just imagine, you pull an iron out of the saddle/caddy and the llama starts walking/running away in the opposite direction, lol....meanwhile, group behind you is either getting annoyed or rolling on the ground laughing.

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    On -, @bulls9999 said:

    I did notice one course around there had (a novelty?) Llamas as caddy's, but my family joked about it. I could just imagine, you pull an iron out of the saddle/caddy and the llama starts walking/running away in the opposite direction, lol....meanwhile, group behind you is either getting annoyed or rolling on the ground laughing.

    That club is Talamore, and they no longer offer the llama caddie service. At the time, they would have an employee to attend the llamas. Each one would carry two sets of clubs, and I believe all 4 players had to use the llamas. They still have llamas on site, near the 14th tee, but they no longer have to earn their keep.

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  • Tipsy McHookerTipsy McHooker  557WRX Points: 83Members Posts: 557 Golden Tee
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    don't walk tobacco road and take a caddie on #2. Caddie we had was great.

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  • BDowningBDowning  183WRX Points: 104Members Posts: 183 Fairways
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    Would you guys recommend a caddie on #4?

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    On -, @BDowning said:

    Would you guys recommend a caddie on #4?

    I don't think you need one. I played it twice back in February and April and took a push cart each time. It's totally playable without a caddie.

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  • BDowningBDowning  183WRX Points: 104Members Posts: 183 Fairways
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    Just returned back from Pinehurst yesterday. Have a decent bucket list of courses on my resume including the likes of Winged Foot, Bethpage Black, Balt...Pinehurst #2 sits at the crown for my favorite course I've ever played. Absolutely spectacular. Greens were rolling at 11.5 when we played and we were told they'd be up to 13.5 this week for the North/South tournament. The range was loaded with high ranking college schools...was pretty impressive. I loved Number 4 as well, didn't think it was close to as difficult as #2, but the views were amazing. Gil Hanse did an amazing job. This will not be my last trip to Pinehurst, was awesome in all aspects.

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    On -, @BDowning said:

    Just returned back from Pinehurst yesterday. Have a decent bucket list of courses on my resume including the likes of Winged Foot, Bethpage Black, Balt...Pinehurst #2 sits at the crown for my favorite course I've ever played. Absolutely spectacular. Greens were rolling at 11.5 when we played and we were told they'd be up to 13.5 this week for the North/South tournament. The range was loaded with high ranking college schools...was pretty impressive. I loved Number 4 as well, didn't think it was close to as difficult as #2, but the views were amazing. Gil Hanse did an amazing job. This will not be my last trip to Pinehurst, was awesome in all aspects.

    On -, @BDowning said:

    Just returned back from Pinehurst yesterday. Have a decent bucket list of courses on my resume including the likes of Winged Foot, Bethpage Black, Balt...Pinehurst #2 sits at the crown for my favorite course I've ever played. Absolutely spectacular. Greens were rolling at 11.5 when we played and we were told they'd be up to 13.5 this week for the North/South tournament. The range was loaded with high ranking college schools...was pretty impressive. I loved Number 4 as well, didn't think it was close to as difficult as #2, but the views were amazing. Gil Hanse did an amazing job. This will not be my last trip to Pinehurst, was awesome in all aspects.

    2 is amazing. It is just something special and in a category all its own. I have found that my appreciation for it grows the more I reflect on playing it.

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  • Chewey85Chewey85  209WRX Points: 36Members Posts: 209 Fairways
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    I know you guys are talking about 2, but I played Pinehurst #5 last weekend. Very straightforward course. Had no issue issues with just a phone GPS app to see where you needed to be. Greens were firm and fast. Pinehurst as a whole is a beautiful place. While you're in the area I recommend Dugans and Pinehurst Brewery for eats and drinks. The BBQ is awesome at pinehurst brewery.

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