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Pebble beach: forecaddie vs caddie

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I’m playing pebble and spy glass in about a month. Does anyone know the difference between the forecaddie and caddie? Does the forecaddie help with yardage and green reading? Do they ride in a cart while you walk? Would you recommend one vs the other? Thanks!

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  • Hack DaddyHack Daddy Members  1112WRX Points: 350Posts: 1,112 Platinum Tees
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    In my experience- the forecaddy isn't going to shuttle clubs. They will typically give you course knowledge, then head out to your landing zone to help spot your ball. Rinse and repeat until you get to the green, where they will help you read.

    Caddy will carry your clubs and walk with you.

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    Forecaddie stays ahead and watches for balls ahead. You carry / ride with your clubs. They walk. They give you reads and some yardages.

    Caddies carry your clubs and will also go ahead like a forecaddie on holes that really need it. They give you reads and all the yardages and seemed a lot more engaged in giving you good club advice.

    That is my experience using caddies vs forecaddies.

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  • az2auaz2au Scottsdale, AZ/New York, NYUnregistered  2302WRX Points: 463Handicap: 4.8Posts: 2,302 Platinum Tees
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    Get a caddie. Forecaddie is a waste.

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  • vinprun71vinprun71 ConnecticutMembers  168WRX Points: 72Posts: 168 Fairways
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    Caddie: Carries your bag, gives you clubs, calls your yardages, rakes bunkers, fills divots, and helps you read greens
    Forecaddie: Spots your tee shots from off the fairway, calls your yardages, rakes bunkers, fills divots, helps you read greens

    Forecaddies are obviously cheaper, as they aren't hauling your clubs and pulling them for you. If you're going on a once in a life time trip for example, I'd just go all in on a caddie. It'll really make the experience. I don't see much value in forecaddies. Caddies are used more frequently than forecaddies at our club.

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    You are already paying for pebble (presumably) pay the little bit extra and get the caddie and enjoy the full experience. The nail was hit on the head in the previous post in what you are getting, walking down the fairway with a caddie carrying your bag is part of the fun.

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  • jvincentjvincent Members  1722WRX Points: 983Posts: 1,722 Platinum Tees
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    Ditto all the comments that say get the walking caddie.

    IIRC if you don't get a caddie you have to use a cart and it's cart path only.

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  • jbasiljbasil Members  3WRX Points: 5Posts: 3 Starters
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    thanks everyone. caddie it is!

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    Definitely go full caddie, especially at Spy Glass. Enjoy the trip, Spy Glass is a course I can’t stop thinking about it. If it weren’t next to Pebble it would be ranked higher I think. Enjoy the Inn at Spanish Bay too, such a great property and less crowded than the lodge

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    I didn't mention this in my previous post, but for what it's worth, my FIL has played both Pebble and Spyglass. He used a caddie at both courses. The calibre of caddie you'll get at these courses is top of the line. They're spot on with recommendations and give you accurate percentages to hit your putter given the contours of the greens. He said caddies at both places were amazing and super helpful.

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    On -, @jvincent said:

    Ditto all the comments that say get the walking caddie.

    IIRC if you don't get a caddie you have to use a cart and it's cart path only.

    Unless PB has changed its policy, you can carry your own bag. No pull carts allowed though. You don't need a caddie if you don't take a cart.

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    Thanks, wasn't sure of the carry policy. I know when I played not getting a caddie wasn't even a consideration.

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    I highly recommend a caddie at Pebble and a forecaddie at Spyglass (especially if you have a group of all your buddies). This is the route I went when I played both courses.

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    Thanks everyone. Is spy glass cart path only?

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    Spyglass is CPO

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  • az2auaz2au Scottsdale, AZ/New York, NYUnregistered  2302WRX Points: 463Handicap: 4.8Posts: 2,302 Platinum Tees
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    If you don't walk Pebble and Spyglass I seriously have no idea why you are even bothering to play them. Riding in a cart on either absolutely ruins the experience.

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    When I played Pebble in 2013, I played once by myself and took a caddie, and the other round I played with my wife but we took a cart. Not that I didn't enjoy playing a round of golf with my wife, but the round walking with the caddie was awesome.

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