All players eight-years-old and younger must be accompanied by someone 18-years-old or older to serve as their caddie. All players are encouraged to have caddies.

If a caddie becomes disruptive to the point of receiving a formal complaint from an official, volunteer, competitor or caddie, he will be given a warning. If a second formal complaint is received before the caddie has passed the PCA course, the caddie will be suspended from that event.

Important USGA Caddie Related Rules

  1. Rule 14-2b states that in “making a stroke,” a player shall not allow his caddie to position himself on or close to an extension of the line of play or the line of putt behind the ball. A caddie may position himself in this manner before the player commits to beginning his swing but must move away once the player is set to begin his swing. Failure to do so will result in a two-stroke penalty.

  2. Rule 8-2b states that when a player's ball is on the putting green, the player or his caddie may before, but not during, the stroke, point out a line for putting, but in doing so the putting green shall not be touched. No mark shall be placed anywhere to indicate a line for putting. Violation of this rule will result in a two-stroke penalty.

  3. Rule 17-3 states that the player's ball shall not strike the flagstick or attendant when the flagstick is attended or the flagstick is in the hole, unattended, or when the ball has been played from the putting green. Should this occur, the player is assessed a two-stroke penalty, and the ball is played as it lies.

  4. Rule 8-1 states that a Caddie is one who carries or handles a player's clubs during play and otherwise assists him in accordance with the rules. A player may only have one caddie at any given time. A caddie may be replaced or eliminated at any time by the player. No other person may offer advice or help to a player other than his caddie.

  5. Rules 20-1 & 20-3 states that a caddie may not lift his player’s ball unless the player has specifically authorized the caddie to do so. There is no blanket authority. The player must authorize the caddie on each occasion. Also, if the player has lifted the ball, only the player may replace it. The only time the caddie may replace the ball if he himself has lifted it. Violation of this rule will result in a one-stroke penalty.

Always remember that a rules violation by the caddie is the same as if the player violated the rule. A caddie must be aware of the rules and assist his player in accordance with the rules. Rules officials are in place throughout the course to help players when needed.

Rules Assistance

Players and caddies should only accept rules-related advice and decisions from designated Rules Official. This includes instruction related to the suspension of play. They should not rely on any advice or decisions from anyone else, including people with U.S. Kids Golf logos on their shirts and volunteers.

Cart Policy

The cart policy is designed to help with the pace of play and improve the enjoyment of both the player and spectator. Carts may be used for play at the Local Tour events under the following guidelines only:

  1. Caddie use of carts: The caddie may use the cart to shuttle their player between holes if allowed by TD. After reaching the tee, the player cannot ride and must walk the entire hole. The caddie may leave the bag on the cart or carry it on the course with the player when needed. In no case, will carts be allowed off the path. Stroke play – Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round – Four strokes (two strokes at each of the first two holes at which any breach occurred).

    Note: The cart policy has been put into effect to help those who play on a long course and have substantial walks between greens and tees.

  2. Spectator cart policy: Spectators of all players - NOT allowed carts for use while watching play. Spectators on the path at all times and remain behind the players being watched. Please do not go forward to spot tee shots in advance of play.