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Hello Everyone,

 

I am headed out to Bandon in three weeks and wanted to see what was a good tip for the caddie?  We are playing 2 days of 18 and 3 straight of 36 and each caddie will be double bagging it. So for the total of my 8 rounds the base caddie fee is $800 a man. If our caddies are good, what is considered a good tip?  Thanks so much for your help. 

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+1 to that.

 

I'd encourage anyone in your group not getting a caddy, but finds your caddie helpful, to throw them $20-$40 as well. Even if they're not carrying their bag, they'll rake bunkers if it doesn't slow them down for you, help with lines off the tee, and most likely just be a good hang.

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$120 a round is totally fine and they will be happy.  I had some amazing caddies so I went with $150 a bag but I also had the means to do so.  If I was tight on cash I would not hesitate to give $120.  Anything less would prob be considered low

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I usually do $20 per round as a tip ($120 total) and then a $50-$100 tip ($150-$200 total) on the last round depending on how the week went.  Total usually works out to about $800 for a typical 6 round trip. I also always buy all their food and drink while on the course which I think is customary.

 

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I was there this past June. The caddies that I considered ok, received $20-30 per round on top of the $100. The caddies that I considered excellent received $50-$75 on top of the $100 fee. So, $300-$350 a day for 36 per bag.  I would gladly pay the premium for a premium caddy. The good ones work hard to help your score and the experience. My .02 anyway.

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@nogopehrs, not sure what drove the sad reaction but I updated my post so that it's clear my tip values were on top of the $100 bag fee.  I guess I thought that 20% tip was normal with an extra bonus 50-100% tip on the last round being appropriate.  Curious from others if I'm out of line as I have future trips planned.  I never seemed to get a negative reaction in my past 5 trips but the caddies are all so nice there, they probably wouldn't speak up.

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1 hour ago, mci711 said:

This is the only negative about Bandon. Do like places like Kiawah Ocean Course - 100 bucks he/she gets it all. No guess work, no low balling etc. Simplify the entire process. 

Not sure what you are meaning here. Caddies get 100% of fees paid to them, and there is no caddie fee paid to the proshop. 

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2 hours ago, geauxtigers777 said:

Not sure what you are meaning here. Caddies get 100% of fees paid to them, and there is no caddie fee paid to the proshop. 

Yes, you are correct I misspoke. Misremembered and was thinking it was like Whistling Straits model. Though,  $240 double bagging is $60 +/- an hour. I just don't think there should be any guess work. I get tipping for exception quality, but why not just say what is expected. Every caddie I have spoken too at Kiawah expects $100 and nothing more and nothing less. That is also what Kiawah employees will tell you to tip. My point is, don't leave it up to the customer to do the right thing. Say it is $120 or whatever the expected minimum is, not $100 plus tip. Gives the caddie the chance of getting stiffed.

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