Disclaimer- I still haven’t come to a consensus on if it’s ‘caddy’ or ‘caddie’. My online dictionary seems to say either one is OK. I just don’t want you confused with my grandfather’s car!
Secondary Disclaimer- I am one (not my grandfather’s car), a few days a week at Harbour Town Golf Links and absolutely love the relationships we build with those we meet at this Hilton Head Island treasure.
So ‘caddie’ it is. You know what they are. You see them all the time when you watch the pros play live or on TV. Tiger with Joe LaCava (but Stevie Williams before that, and Fluff Cowen before that). Joe used to work with Freddy Couples and Davis Love. Stevie’s been with Adam Scott. Fluff now works with Jim Furyk. And, of course, Jim (Bones) Mackay with Phil forever. You notice I say works “with”, not “for”, because although the player pays the caddie, they’re a team.
Maybe that’s the first thing you should think about when you’re introduced to a caddie for your round at Harbour Town, or anywhere else you have the opportunity to work with one. You’re a team. Especially if you’ve never played Harbour Town before. We’re there to help you get the maximum enjoyment, the most wonderful experience possible out of your round, just like Joey, Fluff and Bones.
Caddies not only find your ball, give you yardages, rake the bunkers and clean your clubs, my colleagues and I will help steer you around the course, much like a tour guide through your favorite adventure. We’ll try to help maneuver you and your game around the trouble, and clean things up when we’re not successful in avoiding it! We’ll even give you a read on putts, (or not, if you don’t want us to) which should save you a few shots.
It’s the tour guide part I like best, telling you about the history of Harbour Town, and golf in the Lowcountry (sure, we’ll tell you our other favorite courses in the area, and even our favorite restaurants if you like), throwing in some history from the RBC Heritage, from Arnie to Jack to Watson and the Shark and even Boo (and show you where Luke Donald pretty much lost last year’s tourney and Matt Kuchar won it).
Most of all, we’re your partner on the course, your cheerleader. Some people begin a round nervous about having a caddie, someone they don’t know, watching them swing, and sometimes miss. But we’re not there to critique, we’re there to help, to commiserate, to create an environment where you enjoy each hole, each experience more than the last. We’ll adapt to your quirks—we have them too—and we promise we’ll have just as much fun as you do. We all love meeting new people, and re-acquainting with returning players.
Hopefully at the end of the day, we’ll be friends. You’ll have had the time of your life, and we’ll get to come back the next day and do it all again, at the most gorgeous office on the planet!