Golf Notes – Some of the best caddies are the ugliest
'A clear understanding of the game, and the rules, common sense and sound golfing judgement' are the qualities that make a good caddie. Photo: National Library of Ireland, P_WP_1694

Golf Notes – Some of the best caddies are the ugliest

Published: 25 October 1913

As the golfing season comes to an end, the Irish Times golf correspondent has offered his thoughts on what makes a good (and a bad) caddie. He believes the best caddies in Ireland are to be found at Dollymount, as they are good at coaching as well as caddying, are not too talkative and while they take an interest in the game, they don’t express their opinions too audibly.

Further to this, the correspondent argues, ‘good looks are not essential to a good caddie. Some of the best are the ugliest. A clear understanding of the game, and the rules, common sense, and sound golfing judgement are the necessary qualities that make a first class boy’.

The most important part of the caddie-player relationship is that the caddie knows his place. If a caddie is bad, the player should tell him so; to be angry with the caddie is ok. And most importantly, caddies should not be over tipped. High tipping by some players leads to bad caddying for the rest.

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