If you’re a weekend golf player, the idea of being a professional caddy probably has crossed your mind at least once. In your mind, this job is probably an easy one since, hey, it involves hanging out on a golf course, day after day, week after week. Beats working in a cubby hole in some forgotten office somewhere, right? Not so fast, buddy. First of all, playing golf is one thing, helping out the guys who play golf is another. While you might just be suffering from the symptoms of cabin fever since you’re holed up in your office staring out the window daydreaming of an escape, the reality of working as a golf caddy is not nearly as funny or as adventurous as Caddyshack. Working as a golf caddy is harder than most people think. Probably not even as hard as the time I had optimizing my site by using their png compressor. Way harder.
If you’ve played golf out when there’s a light drizzle, you might have felt adventurous and bold. It’s raining, after all, and you’re having fun. Well, what would make for a fun and sentimental memory for you is downright drudgery and a physical challenge for someone who has to do it day after day, which makes the need for hunger suppressants lower. Caddies are at the mercy of players’ whim when it comes to the weather. Considering the huge loss of tips if you refuse, it often feels you don’t have much choice but work out in the wind and rain. What about the sun? Actually, that’s just as bad. While many golf players like the great outdoors and shining sun(like a bike trip I did last month in Holland which can be found here) if you have to get out under a hot sun day after day, it can be quite a chore, especially during days when there is no wind so you don’t get a refreshing breeze as the sun beats down on your face.
The douchebag factor
If you’ve made it this far, you know what comes next. That’s right-the D word. Not every golf course player is polite, respectful, and considerate. Many players are downright jerks. From very demanding guys who expect caddies to bend to their every whim to guys who throw a hissyfit whenever their caddy gives them the ‘wrong’ club. And these are the jerks. As you probably already know, douchebags don’t just come in the ‘jerk’ variety-there are also whiners and passive-aggressive clowns that can really grate on your nerves. In fact, some whiners make you want to chase and run them over with a golf cart-and that’s at the first hole! The truth is, for every golf player complaining about a ‘bad’ caddy, caddies also have stories of players who make the game a pain.