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Old 02-19-2015, 04:57 PM   #51
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I'm sure you answered this already but how is the money out there....any bets placed on the course? Highest prop bets etc wbn to hear a decent 10k/hole story
The money is kind of like being a bartender. Good money when you are young but not great in terms of success when you are older. There are guys who make a good living, but we have to pay for all our medical, etc. Sorry to dissapoint you but I haven't heard of any large bets, small ones definitely. If there was big money on the line, I haven't been privy to it. My uncle used to caddie at LA Country Club. He has told me about guys betting "nickels and dimes" and that was probably back in the 70's. On the other hand he said on some rounds, the caddies would bet more than the players.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:34 AM   #52
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Played there last June. Glad to hear my $100 tip was acceptable, never had had a caddy before. Managed to shoot 90 and birdie 7 along with making par on 18 so I was happy
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:14 AM   #53
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Re: Ask me anything about being a caddie at Pebble Beach

hi, thanks for the thread.

is there any kind of seminar or course or whatever that a person with zero experience can take to make themselves more appealing when applying for a caddy job? i am interested in becoming a caddy but how do you get a job with no experience?
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:26 AM   #54
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Slicky

In my opinion, a good caddy is like a good waiter or waitress, you don't notice them much.
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Old 02-26-2015, 01:27 PM   #55
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Re: Ask me anything about being a caddie at Pebble Beach

is there any way to get a pretty cheap green fee at pebble?

like hypothetically willing to do anytime over the next 2 or 3 weeks at pretty short notice? i'm thinking unofficial with the pro shop in some way.... like flying standby
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:33 PM   #56
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how do higher handicappers (shoot 90 to 100) do on holes 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 18? i guess i'll ask about #7 too?

thanks again
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:37 PM   #57
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Re: Ask me anything about being a caddie at Pebble Beach

also, what greens and areas around the green are really tricky? i guess #14 is obvious.....

played half moon bay ocean yesterday..... very easy in some ways, but pretty tricky and very very fast (and rough) around the greens....

are the greens ok this summer?.... HMB greens were really, really suffering, even by municipal standards on some greens.

a semi-crazed guy i know who is probably +3 or +4 handicap (shot 32 on a tough nine playing with me once) says swirling wind is a massive problem at pebble. says it's a crapppp shoot... u agree?... is wind power seasonal? (difference in temperature from cool coast and very hot interior a few miles in)

where do you live? if i may ask.... my family has a business (wholesale) near salinas.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:37 PM   #58
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hi, thanks for the thread.

is there any kind of seminar or course or whatever that a person with zero experience can take to make themselves more appealing when applying for a caddy job? i am interested in becoming a caddy but how do you get a job with no experience?
No seminar that i know of. Just read up on a few rules. You can learn what to do quickly. Be personable and pretend like you are good at golf.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:38 PM   #59
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Slicky

In my opinion, a good caddy is like a good waiter or waitress, you don't notice them much.
A good caddie is whatever you would like them to be.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:40 PM   #60
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is there any way to get a pretty cheap green fee at pebble?

like hypothetically willing to do anytime over the next 2 or 3 weeks at pretty short notice? i'm thinking unofficial with the pro shop in some way.... like flying standby
I don't have any connections but I am sure you could figure out a way. Maybe a day or two before the car show in August. The 18th green will be unplayable though.
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:55 PM   #61
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Re: Ask me anything about being a caddie at Pebble Beach

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hi, thanks for the thread.

is there any kind of seminar or course or whatever that a person with zero experience can take to make themselves more appealing when applying for a caddy job? i am interested in becoming a caddy but how do you get a job with no experience?
Depends on the course
Usually just call in and ask for the caddie master. Have a quick chat and go from there
Pebble is run by a group smth like caddies inc that makes the process way more complicated than 95% of courses that have caddies
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:56 PM   #62
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is there any way to get a pretty cheap green fee at pebble?

like hypothetically willing to do anytime over the next 2 or 3 weeks at pretty short notice? i'm thinking unofficial with the pro shop in some way.... like flying standby
You can sometimes find twilight at pebble
Call the day of and see
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:08 PM   #63
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do you carry a range finder?

is there a food station at the turn? if so, do you get free food at the turn?
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:48 PM   #64
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Great thread.
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:26 PM   #65
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how do higher handicappers (shoot 90 to 100) do on holes 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 18? i guess i'll ask about #7 too?

thanks again
higher handicappers can play 3 and 4 ok. You can help them par easily if they're willing to listen. The approach shot on 8,9, and 10 are all long so it is mostly bogie++ on these holes. Especially 8 because even when you do get on the green it is a challenge to 2 putt. 18 can be par-ed a lot and bogied a lot, not too many birdies because you have to hit 2 or 3 good shots in a row.
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:37 PM   #66
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also, what greens and areas around the green are really tricky? i guess #14 is obvious.....
8,11,14,16, 17 somewhat. 8,11, and 16 are very hard to find a straight putt
played half moon bay ocean yesterday..... very easy in some ways, but pretty tricky and very very fast (and rough) around the greens....

are the greens ok this summer?.... HMB greens were really, really suffering, even by municipal standards on some greens.
They always keep the greens in pretty good shape because that is what PB is known for. It is Poa Anua grass which is pretty notorious for playing differently throughout the day, and because of that some putts aren't as true as you'd like. Around the greens is the same thing.

a semi-crazed guy i know who is probably +3 or +4 handicap (shot 32 on a tough nine playing with me once) says swirling wind is a massive problem at pebble. says it's a crapppp shoot... u agree?... is wind power seasonal? (difference in temperature from cool coast and very hot interior a few miles in) It does get swirly, especially on 16, and 17. It can blow very hard and affect your game like crazy. Id say the weather probably has an effect on 30 % of days.

where do you live? if i may ask.... my family has a business (wholesale) near salinasI live in Monterey. I play poker at the card room in Salinas sometimes but otherwise try to avoid it lol.
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:40 PM   #67
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do you carry a range finder?

is there a food station at the turn? if so, do you get free food at the turn?
I do carry a range finder. I could do it without one but it really speeds up the process. There is food at the turn on PB and Spyglass. We don't get free food unless a player offers it. During corporate outings and tournaments we get free food sometimes.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:31 PM   #68
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slick, thank you.....

8 thru 10 do seem like really really hard holes..........

i was at pebble 2010 US Open. on thursday, i watched almost to the last players finishing on 9 (their last hole). so almost sunset. anyway, hudson swafford (a university of georgia amateur) at the time was leading the USO going to #8. lost his approach shot to the right. took penalty strokes. bye bye lead. would have been so neat for an amateur to lead the USO after thursday.

is the course really strict on tourists walking the court? or can you do it if you don't do it for too long and are very discrete about (i.e. pick your spots)?
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:08 AM   #69
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The money is kind of like being a bartender. Good money when you are young but not great in terms of success when you are older. There are guys who make a good living, but we have to pay for all our medical, etc. Sorry to dissapoint you but I haven't heard of any large bets, small ones definitely. If there was big money on the line, I haven't been privy to it. My uncle used to caddie at LA Country Club. He has told me about guys betting "nickels and dimes" and that was probably back in the 70's. On the other hand he said on some rounds, the caddies would bet more than the players.
This economy really gets worse every year for the low end, that's what makes caddying so enticing for a lot of 20-35 year old guys. Good club you can make 1000-1500 cash per week without much trouble. Not many ****ty jobs that pay that, and you get to go to the golf course for your job.

Very few Assistant Professionals make anywhere near what the top caddies at a given club earn. The good Head Pro job is so tough to get for your average pro, that it is almost like the great white whale. In Vegas, at good spots like Cascata, Shadow, the Wynn, and Bali Hai, a very large percentage of the caddies are or were Class A PGA professionals. Once you are not going to be the head man, it's a reasonable path.

Gambling on the course? As a rule, the "better" (i.e. older, more exclusive, tougher to get in) the club, the smaller the bets will be. Conversely, newer, corporate, show off type places will have the higher action. When you are assigned your player's bag, look for member tags. If you see Seminloe, Cypress, Old Elm, Maidstone, you are in for a day of 2$ Nassaus. Conversely, the low class/high dollar places will have members who swing for a bit of cash. I won't mention them by name because members seem to find out everything, including real identities behind screen names.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:00 PM   #70
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Re: Ask me anything about being a caddie at Pebble Beach

Did you ever get stiffed? If yes, how did you feel? If no, how would you feel if you got stiffed?
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Old 04-02-2015, 03:50 PM   #71
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Did you ever get stiffed? If yes, how did you feel? If no, how would you feel if you got stiffed?
Sorry for the long delay, I was on holiday in Japan.

I have been stiffed, it sucks. I feel it has more to do with the people themselves vs. the service you provide. A lot of foreign people aren't used to the tipping system so they might be confused. The people who stiff you though aren't confused they're just dicks.

Beggars can't be choosers. Last night I got what is considered to be less than average from an Australian guy. I am not a complainer, and I think my attitude reflects that. The guy invited me for a dinner at the Tap Room which more than made up for the tip. He and his buddy were really cool and I was glad that I wasn't greedy enough to complain about my tip and instead I got to have a really nice dinner overlooking the 18th green
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:07 PM   #72
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I got stiffed (kind of) in Vegas last week. Fivesome of mainland chinese. Boss had a 50k Breuget watch. All five had Honma full sets with 4 star shafts, which is a 9 THOUSAND dollar upgrade per 7 irons. They spoke no english, were playing games where 3-5k was changing hands per hole. Whip out on the next tee. They demanded that I read each putt and line up the logo, which is quite a bit of work with a 5 ball.

Boss gave me 900 after the round, translator comes running witht he card that says it is 150 plus tip, snatches the 900 and gvies me 2 back. Disgusting
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:47 PM   #73
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Seems like an easy way for the translator to pocket an extra $700, IMO
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:52 AM   #74
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yep, but she handed it back to him, so just brownie points i guess.
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:21 PM   #75
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Hi there,


I live in Monterey, how can I get a caddie job at pebble?
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