At Bandon Dunes, we believe that the game of golf is best experienced by walking with a caddie - truly, golf as it was meant to be. When you use a caddie, you're helping preserve a tradition 500 years in the making and giving hundreds of people the opportunity to perform their trade.
Our goal is to enhance your golf experience by utilizing a caddie. As such, the same caddie will remain with you for your entire stay. We are anxious to know if we have met our goal and welcome your impressions.
Caddies come to Bandon Dunes with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some come to us as professional caddies from other resorts, private clubs and the professional tours. We also have an extensive training program for those who wish to start a new career as a caddie. Additionally, we support the Evans Scholarship program and many of our caddies are Evans Scholars.
As Thomas Dunne (Travel and Leisure Magazine) stated, the Bandon Dunes caddie program is a "program that should be the blueprint for American resort golf."
The keys to the management of this program are a scheduling system that emphasizes advance requests and training our caddies to deliver enhanced experiences while carrying two bags. Please let us know of your caddie requirements prior to your visit so that we can pair you with a caddie that can best fit your needs.
We consider it a great compliment if you wish to request a specific caddie, whether it be a caddie from a previous visit or a recommendation. Because we schedule in advance, requests should be made well ahead of your visit. Our caddies are independent contractors and as such choose their work. Often our caddies have conflicting requests or planned time off and thus they may not be available. If your requested caddie is not available, we will provide you with an excellent replacement.
As a result of the volume of bags carried, our caddies are well-trained to carry two bags. Our mission is to enhance your experience and we have found that our caddies are able to accomplish this goal while still carrying two bags. Although there are occasions where we can provide single bag caddies, we are not able to guarantee this service.
In addition to caddies that carry bags, we have Group caddies available. Group caddies guide you through the course routing, give presentations of each hole, assist with all chores (i.e. bunker care) and offer advice on yardage and putts.
Caddies are paid in cash by their guests. You may obtain the necessary cash via a room or credit card charge in any of our pro shops. The amount of any fee is the sole discretion of the player. Our expectation is that a caddie's performance will exceed your expectations and warrant at least the average fee. If you wish to comment on a caddie's performance, please feel free to contact our Caddie Services department at (541) 347-5909.
Please contact our Request Line at (541) 347-5909 to schedule a caddie for your upcoming visit or for any questions regarding your caddie experience.
It is our policy that your assigned caddie stay with you throughout your stay. However, we understand that you control this decision and if you wish to have your caddie replaced for any reason, please contact caddie services to make a replacement. We will handle the replacement in a professional manner. You are helping us by providing feedback regarding performance or any other issues.
(Only contracted caddies with Bandon Dunes Golf Resort are allowed to caddie on our courses)