Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has been privileged to be a part of the conversation when talking about the best golf courses in the country. If you follow these “best of” lists one course that is always in the conversation of greatest of all time is Pine Valley in New Jersey. Another popular debate heard around the game of golf is who has the best caddie program. Both Bandon Dunes and Pine Valley are consistently mentioned in this debate as well.
In an effort to celebrate the successes of these two decorated caddie programs we hosted a friendly competition pitting Pine Valley against Bandon Dunes – in the Inaugural Looper Cup. Pine Valley sent eight of their best caddies to Bandon Dunes to compete in a match play competition against the top eight Bandon caddies who qualified for the event a month prior. The format mirrored the same used in The Ryder Cup, with the first two days consisting of 36-holes of golf; four fourball matches in the morning followed by four foursome matches in the afternoon. The last day finished with eight singles matches. Both teams were stacked with successful resumes that would make any decorated golfer respect their competition.
While the final tally on the scoreboard added up to a Bandon Dunes victory, what we really observed were 16 passionate individuals that bleed for their workplace and take pride in calling their facility home. Great golf on great courses leads to great friendships. We hope the Looper Cup leads to many more friendships in the years to come and look forward to hosting other caddie programs in the future.