One of the finest caddie programs on Cape Cod
More than 40 young men and women from the surrounding towns participate in the caddie program. Year in and year out, the Club and the membership are top contributors to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund raising over $40,000 annually for caddies and Club employees to receive financial assistance for college. The Club currently has more than 20 scholars who received over $104,500 in financial assistance in 2017 - #1 in Massachusetts.
Potential summer caddie applicants must complete a mandatory instructional class or be approved by the Head Golf Professional prior to starting. The Club’s goal is to train all applicants, helping them develop knowledge of the game, a strong work ethic and long-lasting relationships with fellow caddies and Members.
Why take a caddie?
- Improves the quality of the golfer's game – letting a caddie handle the clubs, flagstick, divots and bunkers allows the golfer to focus on his or her game.
- Increases health benefits – walking is great way to get exercise, a stress reducer, and easy way to help stay healthy.
- Increases personal satisfaction – by utilizing a caddie, you immediately put yourself in a position to strongly impact the life of a young person by taking on a mentoring role.
- Giving back to golf – Not only are you introducing a young person to a wonderful game, you are showing them how to act on a golf course.
- Improve overall golfing experience – having a caddie will elevate your experience on the golf course.
- Speeds up pace of play – the fastest way to play is with a caddie where there is always someone to clean up after you on the tees, fairways, bunkers and greens.
- Enhances the status and image of the Ridge Club – by offering a caddie to Members of a Club and their guests, you immediately increase the prestige of our Club.
- Improves course conditions – there will be an increase in the overall maintenance of the course due to caddies fixing divots, ball marks and bunkers.
- Increases professional assistance – caddies often take on other roles at our Club including bag room, bag drop and range attendants, etc.
- Opportunity to earn good money during flexible hours – many young people today have numerous extracurricular activities. Caddying gives many young people a chance to continue those activities while making money.
- Exposure to positive role models – young people will have the chance to learn from mature and successful individuals.
- Opportunity to have a great work environment – caddies have the ability to work outside and to interact with their peers, giving them a means to make friends while working.
- Ability to work and exercise – the same health benefits for golfers apply for young people.
- Opportunity to be awarded a Francis Ouimet Scholarship – For the 2015/2016 school year, 17 caddies/employees received a Ouimet Scholarship.
- Golfing privileges – Caddies get a chance to utilize the Ridge Club at off hours to learn to golf or improve their game.
- Young caddies develop outstanding work ethic and attitude – caddying is often the first job for many young people, and exposes them to a real life work experience.
- A mentoring relationship is developed in a healthy environment.
- A caddie program offers a chance for the Ridge Club to give something back to the community.