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Bandon Caddies

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Cfrat18Cfrat18  2Members Posts: 2
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Have a trip scheduled for Bandon Dunes in early May.

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  • kaschreiberkaschreiber Seattle, WA 132Members Posts: 132
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    We had Andy and Wyeth (sorry I don't know their last name) in late Jan and early Feb. Both were great. They were more on the laid back side, would have a cocktail with us when offered, but still took their jobs seriously. They're both senior loopers so certainly knew their stuff and were very happy we went with them.
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  • ben wben w  1502Members Posts: 1,502
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    I highly recommend Tim Palmer, mellow younger guy, PGA class A pro, former D1 player and has looped at some big time joints like Cherry Hills. Lots of stories and perfect blend of info + tour guide. Enhanced our trip without getting in the way and is very committed to his pro caddie career.
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  • mallratmallrat  3075Members Posts: 3,075
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    Kent is awesome, especially if you like a guy who is very laidback and not overly analytical about the game.
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  • desailledesaille  1740Members Posts: 1,740
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    Here are few of the better caddies I've had or been in group with.

    They cost a bit more and they can also double bag 36 holes as if it's a walk in the park



    Jason Humphrey - One of the best caddies down there.

    Kirin - don't know last name but he's an Irish guy, really good golfer himself

    Amos Baker - taller guy, funny as ****, really good at reading greens

    Burley - Think it's Burleson but another good one
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  • jkd9977jkd9977  370Members Posts: 370
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    Sven is great. He's there year round and had a crazy knowledge of golf architecture.



    Jughead is another one of our group's favorites.
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  • ClambakeClambake  675Members Posts: 675
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    Liked Jon Satterblom a lot. He used to caddy on Tour for Woody Austin and was really solid at the golf part, but was quite a character and had a droll, sarcastic sense of humor that meshed perfectly with our group. He seemed really good at knowing when to stay clear of our conversations and when to chime in, or when to try and perk up a down player or leave them alone.
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  • hbrar99hbrar99  37Members Posts: 37
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    jkd9977 wrote:


    Sven is great. He's there year round and had a crazy knowledge of golf architecture.



    Jughead is another one of our group's favorites.




    Just got back and was set up with Sven. My normal caddie, Nick Wismer was unable to caddie for me and set me up with Sven. Great guy, excellent caddie.
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  • Slippin JimmySlippin Jimmy  14Members Posts: 14
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    Bryan Church has caddied for me a couple of times and is a great guy, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. Also, I would second desaille's recommendation of Ciaran (I think that's how it's spelled but definitely pronounced "Kirin"), from Ireland. He caddied for my buddy, nice guy and he was an absolute stick, he hit a couple of drives just horsing around.
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  • mallratmallrat  3075Members Posts: 3,075
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    Kent was telling me a story of how there is a group of like 40+ guys that come in once a year. Everyone of them takes a caddy and throws $100 into a pool. They have a KP contest for the caddies on Trails #17 from the blacks, winner take all.
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  • krtgolfingkrtgolfing  1073Members Posts: 1,073
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    mallrat wrote:


    Kent was telling me a story of how there is a group of like 40+ guys that come in once a year. Everyone of them takes a caddy and throws $100 into a pool. They have a KP contest for the caddies on Trails #17 from the blacks, winner take all.




    That would be a great pay day.
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    Be fun to see too. Some of those guys are serious sticks
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  • philsRHmanphilsRHman  1341Members Posts: 1,341
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    I'll be out there to take in the experience, the architecture, etc. I'm a single digit but playing alone and not for money, I'm far less concerned with score, reading greens perfectly, etc. So where I see certain value in paying extra for the caddie is not in lugging my bag or giving yardages, but in sort of being a course guide. Talking about the strategy, the design of each hole, different options of where to play. That is what gets my juices really flowing and I think I'd miss a lot of that if I was just out there figuring it out on my own.



    With that said, is that unrealistic to think I will find a caddie who would be interested in that kind of role? Someone who wants to engage in those conversations? Having caddied myself and being in the yard, I can imagine this scenario is an absolute nightmare for some caddies who would just rather be out there doing their normal thing. Am I in search of a unicorn? I've left a message at the caddie services line and hope to have the convo with them, but figured you'd have thoughts.
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  • duffer987duffer987 I'm oot. Canadian in California 9417Members Posts: 9,417
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    A caddy's role is the role you ask them to perform. Good ones have no problem adapting.

    And how is talking about the strategy of a hole, not one of their core functions?



    Never taken a caddy at Bandon, but of the ones I've been in groups with, I'd call only 1 of them not good. The rest have been decent or better.

    There should be no problem getting what you are looking for.
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  • R4haehlR4haehl  74Members Posts: 74
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    Bryan Church has caddied for me a couple of times and is a great guy, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. Also, I would second desaille's recommendation of Ciaran (I think that's how it's spelled but definitely pronounced "Kirin"), from Ireland. He caddied for my buddy, nice guy and he was an absolute stick, he hit a couple of drives just horsing around.




    +1 for Irish. He's great. I had him on my bag last year. We have had him the last few years. Likely will see him next week while we are there! I'm going no caddies this year tho to save a few bucks.
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  • EvoIXEvoIX  38Members Posts: 38
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    Had a guy named Aaron. He was an ex basketball player from the midwest. Great guy and incredible at reading greens. I’ve never seen anyone read those greens like him.
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  • philsRHmanphilsRHman  1341Members Posts: 1,341
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    duffer987 wrote:


    A caddy's role is the role you ask them to perform. Good ones have no problem adapting.

    And how is talking about the strategy of a hole, not one of their core functions?



    Never taken a caddy at Bandon, but of the ones I've been in groups with, I'd call only 1 of them not good. The rest have been decent or better.

    There should be no problem getting what you are looking for.




    Thanks for this. I caddied at a high end private course in the northeast and what you're describing was not our norm. But maybe that was borne of members who knew the course as well, so it was a lot more of reading greens and almost entirely forecaddying and carrying two bags.
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  • ClambakeClambake  675Members Posts: 675
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    philsRHman wrote:

    duffer987 wrote:


    A caddy's role is the role you ask them to perform. Good ones have no problem adapting.

    And how is talking about the strategy of a hole, not one of their core functions?



    Never taken a caddy at Bandon, but of the ones I've been in groups with, I'd call only 1 of them not good. The rest have been decent or better.

    There should be no problem getting what you are looking for.




    Thanks for this. I caddied at a high end private course in the northeast and what you're describing was not our norm. But maybe that was borne of members who knew the course as well, so it was a lot more of reading greens and almost entirely forecaddying and carrying two bags.




    I think one finds the roles of caddies at a destination golf resort like Bandon or Pebble is very different than a high end private club. At the club, every member already knows the history and local gossip and tales, and has probably played the course so many times they know all the strategic tips and design concepts. The caddie’s role is more to give a playing advantage. At the resort, pretty much every player is a visitor, and most will be new to the course. The caddie’s role is much more varied, ranging from travel guide, where the player is more out for a vacation stroll, to player’s assistant where the player is focusing on their career best round. Caddies at these places are versatile and adapt to the group they have that day, and I think they’re often hired more for their personality than their extensive golf skills (although most are not lacking in the latter).
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  • philsRHmanphilsRHman  1341Members Posts: 1,341
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    Clambake wrote:

    philsRHman wrote:

    duffer987 wrote:


    A caddy's role is the role you ask them to perform. Good ones have no problem adapting.

    And how is talking about the strategy of a hole, not one of their core functions?



    Never taken a caddy at Bandon, but of the ones I've been in groups with, I'd call only 1 of them not good. The rest have been decent or better.

    There should be no problem getting what you are looking for.




    Thanks for this. I caddied at a high end private course in the northeast and what you're describing was not our norm. But maybe that was borne of members who knew the course as well, so it was a lot more of reading greens and almost entirely forecaddying and carrying two bags.




    I think one finds the roles of caddies at a destination golf resort like Bandon or Pebble is very different than a high end private club. At the club, every member already knows the history and local gossip and tales, and has probably played the course so many times they know all the strategic tips and design concepts. The caddie’s role is more to give a playing advantage. At the resort, pretty much every player is a visitor, and most will be new to the course. The caddie’s role is much more varied, ranging from travel guide, where the player is more out for a vacation stroll, to player’s assistant where the player is focusing on their career best round. Caddies at these places are versatile and adapt to the group they have that day, and I think they’re often hired more for their personality than their extensive golf skills (although most are not lacking in the latter).




    That's great to hear. I was talking to a friend at work (who I just found out named his first born Bandon) and that's how he described his -- like a tour guide. Never realized he was such a golf nut until he overheard I was going out there.
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  • ryu123ryu123  516Members Posts: 516
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    since 2001 I've played over 60 rounds at Bandon. Never hired a caddie but have played in many groups with caddies. From what I saw, all have been competent.



    A common complaint at other resorts is that many caddies are just 'bag carrriers' rather than true 'caddies' who offer helpful insight. The Bandon caddies are real caddies.



    (Only comment: if a Bandon caddie tells you that Tom Doak used a teaspoon to move very little earth to create hole #___ at Pacific Dunes, perhaps be a little skeptical.)
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  • CMCSGolfCMCSGolf  580Members Posts: 580
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    I've had mixed feelings with the caddies at Bandon. Overall, I've had 4 caddies at Bandon. Two were excellent and I would love to have them again. One was OK. He was basically a bag carrier and didn't know much about golf. Lastly, I had one terrible caddie that talked too much about himself, inserted himself into every conversations, gave a lot of unsolicited and unwarranted advice, etc. As has been said before, a great caddie adapts him/her self to what the group wants. Most of them are pretty good at it, but you need to be able to tell if the group wants a guy to shut up and carry the bag or if they want a guy to read every putt and pretend they're on tour.
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  • mallratmallrat  3075Members Posts: 3,075
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    One thing to note about the caddies at Bandon, they move from all over the US to caddie there. I know there are caddies from Pebble, Pinehurst, whisper Rock and most top resorts in the US. Also there is a reason they go to Bandon and stay there for decades.
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  • schwaz19schwaz19  158Members Posts: 158
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    CMCSGolf wrote:


    I've had mixed feelings with the caddies at Bandon. Overall, I've had 4 caddies at Bandon. Two were excellent and I would love to have them again. One was OK. He was basically a bag carrier and didn't know much about golf. Lastly, I had one terrible caddie that talked too much about himself, inserted himself into every conversations, gave a lot of unsolicited and unwarranted advice, etc. As has been said before, a great caddie adapts him/her self to what the group wants. Most of them are pretty good at it, but you need to be able to tell if the group wants a guy to shut up and carry the bag or if they want a guy to read every putt and pretend they're on tour.




    Do you remember the names of the two who were excellent? Thank you in advance.
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    Gus (bearded and long hair) and kirin the irish without hesitation
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  • Lefty.GolferLefty.Golfer  18Members Posts: 18
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    We were just there last week and had Bob Janus. He was fantastic. We used him as a group caddie. We golfed Bandon Dunes in just terrible weather and his attitude was amazing and helped us all stay positive.
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  • schwaz19schwaz19  158Members Posts: 158
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    I know the caddy fee is $100 but on average what did you pay the caddy per round? Did you add a tip each day or at end of your stay?
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  • ClambakeClambake  675Members Posts: 675
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    I tipped $40 a round and then gave him another $100 at the end (he carried 4 rounds). Also bought him snacks during the rounds and got him to join us for lunch and drinks after the last round.
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  • mallratmallrat  3075Members Posts: 3,075
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    You gave him $49 a round to carry? Is that above the suggested $100 ( or did it go to $125) a round?
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  • mallratmallrat  3075Members Posts: 3,075
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    schwaz19 wrote:


    I know the caddy fee is $100 but on average what did you pay the caddy per round? Did you add a tip each day or at end of your stay?




    I generally do$125 if he’s ok or good. Plus snacks and $150 if he’s awesome. I do $250 for 36 some times $280
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  • philsRHmanphilsRHman  1341Members Posts: 1,341
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    The prospect of having a caddie all week is getting more and more expensive. I started with the premise of $100 a round. Now I'm seeing that I way underestimated.
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  • mallratmallrat  3075Members Posts: 3,075
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    $100 a round won’t offend them. Just a snack and/or beer at the turn is always good karma and appreciated.
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