If you have no plans for your high school summers, this might be the path for you.
Ever thought about becoming a golf caddie? Being on a golf course, getting a nice tan, and learning about the game of golf at the same time?
If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, you might want to look into caddie jobs near you.
Unsure on how to get started, check out this "Side Hustle — Caddie" Tik Tok that gives you step by step on becoming one or keep reading.
To become a golf caddie, you'd want to find golf courses near you that are accepting caddies. Often, golf courses take in new caddies before the summer season.
Become a Golf Caddie in 3 steps:
1. Research and find a golf course you want to work at.
Once you do your research, you'd want to give the golf course/club a visit and ask for their manager or you can even give them a call if you don't have time to visit. Caddie jobs tend to be more low key and word of mouth, hence why you don’t see a lot of information about caddie jobs online.
2. Ask the caddie manager for the application process and job description.
Becoming a caddie is great because you can make connections and network with so many people in different industries. But before you commit, you'd want to know what it all entails.
Often courses pay you by how many loops/bags you carry each day. When I first started caddying I would do 1-2 rounds each day and make $120 without tips for the 6-10 hours I carried — now this can vary amongst different golf courses.
3. Once you get the job, get training and start learning about the game of golf.
Ask other caddies or golf nerds to take you out on the course for a training round. You'd be able to shadow caddies and/or have golfers take you out on their round and teach you. Becoming a caddie also comes with perks, often you get access to the golf club lunch and also free play of golf on Mondays. But of course, every course is different so you’d want to check with your manager.
Get paid as a Golf Caddie:
Now becoming a caddie is a great job/side hustle that can lead you to many opportunities. One of them being a full-tuition and housing college scholarship, the Chick Evans Scholarship.
This scholarship is awarded to deserving young men and women who have a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need, and outstanding character.
The scholarship program is offered by the Western Golf Association (WGA) and is named after Charles "Chick" Evans Jr., a legendary amateur golfer who believed in the importance of education and established the scholarship in 1930.
The scholarship provides full tuition and housing for up to four years at one of the 18 universities across the United States that are partnered with the WGA, including top institutions such as Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and University of Notre Dame. In addition to financial support, the scholarship also provides mentoring, networking, and leadership development opportunities for the recipients.
How to apply for Golf Caddie Scholarship?
To be eligible for the Chick Evans Scholarship, applicants must have a minimum of two years of caddying experience, strong academic performance, financial need, and exceptional character. The selection process is highly competitive, with only a small percentage of applicants ultimately receiving the scholarship.
The Chick Evans Scholarship has been instrumental in providing access to higher education for thousands of young people who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend college. It has also helped to promote the role of caddies in the sport of golf and encourage young people to pursue careers in the golf industry.
If you're in high school or in the process of applying to colleges, you should definitely work as a caddie because it's a great summer job and really rewarding. Or if you're looking for other ways to enhance your resumes for college applications we know how!
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