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July 19, 2011

Caddies Return to Golden Horseshoe

One of golf’s oldest traditions – the caddie – is returning to Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club this summer. Caddies have been part of the game almost from its beginning, but as riding golf carts became popular in the middle of the 20th century, the tradition of the caddie nearly disappeared from all but tournament play.

Caddies at the Golden Horseshoe will be trained and tested by the PGA golf professionals at the Golden Horseshoe, following the Western Golf Association caddie manual and exam. The basic role of a caddie is to assist the player in accordance with the rules of golf, and his or her duties include determining distances, raking the sand in a bunker, tending the flagstick, carrying the golf bag and keeping the clubs clean. A caddie’s knowledge of the golf course can prove invaluable in helping the player plan a shot or select a club, especially when playing a course for the first time.

Caddies at the Golden Horseshoe will know the rules and etiquette of golf, golf terminology and vocabulary, provide advice to the player when asked and be able to readily identify each club. A good caddie can greatly increase the enjoyment of a round of golf.

“The Golden Horseshoe is an ideal setting for returning the tradition of caddies,” said PGA golf professional and director of golf Glen Byrnes. “Both the Green and the Gold courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, free from surrounding development and perfect for a great walk enjoyed.”

The caddie program begins August 1. Individuals interested in using a caddie are asked to let the pro shop attendant know when calling for a tee time at 757-220-7696 or 800-648-6653. Golfers who wish to use a golf cart may still do so. For more information on the Golden Horseshoe caddie program, contact PGA golf professional Greg Lynch at or 757-565-8911.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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