“Every teenager should give it a try. You get money right away for each round you loop and get to work outside whenever you want at some of the nicest golf courses in Louisville. There are so many opportunities you have by participating and I hope more people continue to get involved with it.” ~ Grant Petry, the caddie who logged the most rounds in Kentucky in 2019.
Youth ages 14-18 in Kentucky are eligible for a summer with Youth Caddies of Kentucky! Earn great money, work outside in a beautiful environment, make your own schedule and network with new people starting on June 1.
Applications to become a Youth Caddie of Kentucky in 2023 will close on May 15.
Sally Morgan, PGA
(502) 243-8295 ext. 312
(Please refrain from contacting the host facilities with questions pertaining to the caddie program)
Why Become a Caddie
Caddying is a fun way to meet new people, work outside, and earn good money on your own schedule. You do not have to have work experience to join the caddie program, we'll help you learn what you need to know! All you need is a way to get to the course, a great attitude, good walking shoes, maybe some sunglasses, and access to a smartphone for booking your loops. Caddying also opens up opportunities for scholarships.
Each caddie will be asked to attend one virtual information session and one on-course information session in-person before they start looping. By doing so, you'll gain the knowledge and tips you need in order to maximize your success as a caddie. Exact dates and times of these trainings will be communicated once confirmed.
Open to Youth on Course members, members of the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour and First Tee - Louisville members who are 14-18 years of age. Any interested junior golfer must fill out the online application and complete a short questionnaire. Following the application process, the junior golfer must attend an orientation session where they will be taught guidelines on being a caddie, how to use the CaddieNow app, and policies for the different courses. They will also be evaluated on their abilities and knowledge.
Members that become certified will then be available to caddie at any of the participating sites: Big Spring Country Club, Big Spring Country Club - Harmony Landing Course, Hurstbourne Country Club, and Valhalla Golf Club.
Restrictions: YOC members may not caddie at a participating club if they are also a member at that club.
Hurstbourne Country Club
9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane, Louisville, KY 40222
Big Spring Country Club
5901 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205
Big Spring CC | Harmony Landing Course
13201 Reading Road, Goshen, KY 40026
Valhalla Golf Club
15503 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40245
What is a loop and how long does it take?
Loop is caddie-lingo for a round of golf. This can mean 9 or 18 holes of walking – which can be equivalent to about two to five miles. It generally takes between 2 and 5 hours to complete a loop, depending on the course, the players and the number of holes they play.
How often can I caddie?
You can caddie as much or as little as you would like. If you are in a location with numerous courses that need caddies, you can also caddie at multiple locations which will help increase your loops. Loops will be available when golfers ask for them, so this may vary from day to day. Saturdays and Sundays will be bigger days for caddying.
How do I learn to caddie?
There will be a caddie orientation that you must attend before becoming a certified caddie. We will show you how to be a caddie – everything from how to rake the sand, how to answer questions golfers may have and how to fix the golf course as you go. We will set you up for success at our orientations.
Do I have to take a curriculum?
Yes. After joining for the first time you will need to complete the online curriculum to activate your membership number. You will get the link via email to the online curriculum after joining, and it takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Where can I caddie?
There are several locations where you can caddie. There are no restrictions on how many times you caddie at each course, unless you are a member of a course in which case you cannot caddie there at any time.
- Big Spring Country Club - Louisville
- Big Spring CC | Harmony Landing Course - Goshen
- Hurstbourne Country Club - Louisville
- Valhalla Golf Club - Louisville
What do I wear as a caddie?
Caddies will wear a uniform that we provide for a small fee ($10). Underneath the uniform, you should wear comfortable shorts or pants and an appropriate t-shirt or collared shirt. Comfortable walking shoes are a must! You will be walking.
What is a caddie? What do they do?
In golf, a caddie is a person who carries a player’s bag and clubs during a round of golf. Sometimes the caddie may give a golfer advice or moral support, but mainly a caddie is someone who is in charge of equipment.
Traditional caddying involves both the golfer and the caddie walking the course together. The caddie is in charge of carrying the player’s bag. The caddie is also responsible for taking care of the course as the players move through – raking sand and fixing spots on the green. (We will train you how to do all of this!)
Fore-Caddying entails the caddie walking ahead while the players ride in carts. The fore-caddy will watch for the ball to land – making sure they spot it in long grass or tree areas – and point out it’s location to keep golfers moving along.