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Caddie Conundrum PROPER PROTOCOL FOR GOLFING AT AN UNFAMILIAR UPSCALE COURSE WITH A REQUIRED CADDIE I by MICHAEL J. STOTT 16 V I R G I N I A G O L F E R | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 17 ADMIT IT, I’M OLD SCHOOL. I was raised in a family that encouraged traditional thinking. In high school, I caddied at the high-end Indian Hill Country Club in suburban Chicago where such a mindset was a job prerequi- site. Back in the day I earned $7 for a single bag, $14 for a double bag. Tipping was not allowed. Times have changed. “The golf cart and powered pull cart seem to have completely eliminated the caddie in American golf,” says Rob McNamara, the head professional at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville. “However, there is nothing better than a good caddie on a classic course like Farmington.” Most regular visitors to high-end resorts like the Homestead, Greenbrier or premium destinations like Kiawah, Pinehurst, Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes and The Cloister, have caddie compensation knowledge in their DNA. But what about the accidental tourist who is lucky enough to receive an invitation and essentially shows up clueless?