If you have ever been to Bandon Dunes, the world-class golf destination on the southern Oregon coast, you know just how much the caddie program enhances your visit.
The courses at Bandon are walking only. You have three options: Pack your own bag, use a trolley or take a caddie. (There are a very few golf carts available for permanently disabled golfers who require one). Smart players take caddies. Not only does it make for a better scorecard, the enriched experience far exceeds the cost.
The Bandon caddies are adults rather than high-school or college kids. And they serve many functions beyond bag carriers. They are part-time psychologists, part-time cheerleaders, occasional first responders, counselors, tour guides, and, more often than not, great company for 4 hours.
How important is the caddie program at Bandon Dunes? It even has its own page on the website, where the reasoning is clearly spelled out: “At Bandon Dunes we believe that the game of golf is best experienced by walking with a caddie – truly, golf as it was mea...
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