Youth on Course

Youth on Course Caddie Program

“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 Youth on Course Caddie who logged the most rounds in Kentucky in 2019.

Youth ages 14-18 in Kentucky are eligible for a summer job in our Youth on Course Caddie Program! Earn great money, work outside in a beautiful environment, make your own schedule and network with new people. 

You earn money for each round caddied, but one of the best parts of our program is that you will earn scholarship funding for college for every ten rounds caddied!

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE 2022 APPLICATION FORM

Staff Contact:
Sally Morgan, PGA (Interim Executive Director)
smorgan@kygolf.org
(502) 243-8295 ext. 20312

Lexis Fickel | James J. Kirchdorfer Golf Fellow
lfickel@kygolf.org

Rebekah Upchurch | James J. Kirchdorfer Golf Fellow
rupchurch@kygolf.org

(Please refrain from contacting the host facilities with questions pertaining to the Youth on Course 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.

Benefits

Participating caddies earn money for each loop they complete and get scholarship money for every ten rounds looped. The scholarship will be paid directly to the university or college the caddie will be attending, and will be carried over each year until the caddie enters college. The ten-loop count will also carry over from year to year and will not reset.

Orientation

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 can be found on the application form above. 

Caddie Scholarships

Youth ages 14-18 with financial need can start saving early for college by in the Youth on Course Caddie Program. Exact funding for 2022 is to be determined.

Open to all Youth on Course members (ages 14-18), which includes members of the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour First Tee - Louisville. 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 and Hurstbourne Country 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

 

 

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 get loops as a caddie?
Once you are trained, you will make your own work schedule using an app called CaddieNow. CaddieNow works a lot like Lyft or Uber, but for caddies. When a golfer is playing a round and wants to take a caddie, they go on CaddieNow and say “I need a caddie at XYZ course on Saturday at 9am.” All the caddies in the area that have been trained will then receive a notification that a golfer is looking for a caddie. The first caddie to respond that they are available will get the loop. If you do a good job caddying, the golfer has the ability to request you first.

 

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

 

What do I wear as a caddie?
Caddies will wear a uniform that we provide for a small fee ($5). 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.

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About Golf House Kentucky

Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. The vision of Kentucky’s golf leaders, Golf House Kentucky was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in a picturesque country setting in Louisville, Kentucky. Golf House Kentucky conducts competitions for golfers of all ages, gender and skill levels (amateur, professional and junior), and provides valuable services to Kentucky PGA professionals and member golf facilities. Working in partnership with the USGA, Golf House Kentucky provides individual golfers and member golf facilities with a wide range of services: Handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Rating, award programs, club consulting and golf management software. The family’s philanthropic affiliate, Kentucky Golf Foundation promotes the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, Kentucky golf museum and provides grant and scholarship programs for youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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1116 Elmore Just Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40245
(502) 243-8295
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