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Tipping Caddies at Shadow Creek

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#1 leejohnkieh

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:14 PM

Hey everyone,

So I just got back from Vegas and I was fortunate to play Shadow Creek with one other friend.

We got this senior caddy Bernie, who was awesome btw. My friend and I were both very unsure of what to tip.

I typically don't get a caddy when I'm traveling or playing local courses (i.e. Chambers Bay) but here you are required to have one.

My delayed intelligence told me I should have asked the pro shop what the average caddy tip was but we ended up giving him $400 for the both of us.

Was it too much, too little, or average rate?  Just figured that so many high rollers play here and they got the cash to tip the caddies a lot.

Since my friend and I are decent golfers, we only asked for yardages and a green read here and there.  Hopefully that eased the caddies job that day a little bit easier.

Any thoughts?  What have you tipped in previous visits and/or what would you have tipped?

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:37 PM

Very nice of you and your playing partner!  The golf shop and or caddiemaster should have given you the run down as a first timer at Shadow Creek before you went out - or at least had a ticket of some sort explaining the services.

$400 is huge for 2 people - I'd kill for that where I caddy!

Did he double bag carry, or was he forecaddying for you?  Walking caddies, at least for me, I would expect $100-150 per bag and $40-50 per bag while forecaddying.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:43 PM

View PostPhilfil, on 12 September 2017 - 05:37 PM, said:

Very nice of you and your playing partner!  The golf shop and or caddiemaster should have given you the run down as a first timer at Shadow Creek before you went out - or at least had a ticket of some sort explaining the services.

$400 is huge for 2 people - I'd kill for that where I caddy!

Did he double bag carry, or was he forecaddying for you?  Walking caddies, at least for me, I would expect $100-150 per bag and $40-50 per bag while forecaddying.

Yea the golf shop nor the caddiemaster informed us about tipping.  They just gave us a tour of where to find everything and let us roam around until we were ready to play.  It was awesome.

Forecaddy.  It was a blazing 100+ degrees (crazy hot temp for us). Took a cart.  He also hooked us up with some goodies like bag tags, luggage tags, and SC logo towels to take with us even before we tipped him.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:06 PM

Sweet baby Jesus. $400 to forecaddie for two guys in a cart? On top of the caddie fee?

I would have tipped like $40/guy and felt good about myself.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:34 PM

I would say if he carried 100 each, in a cart 100 total


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:36 PM

Overtipped by 2X, but what the hell....IT'S VEGAS, BABY !!!!  Good thing ya killed it at the casinos !!!  :russian_roulette:

Edited by sheldonjhacker, 12 September 2017 - 06:37 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:07 PM

Way overpaid. $50-75 each for a forecaddie.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:13 AM

this is pretty interesting as we thought we might have underpaid.  our friend who used to caddie at Chambers Bay suggested we tip 250-300 each lolol

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:22 PM

Like others said, overpaid - by A LOT!  4x.  Guaranteed he was already getting a "bag fee" from the club, probably $20-$25 each.  That's why everyone else is saying $40-$75 for a tip.  Forecaddying is a walk in the park!  Double bagging is another story.  

I hope that caddy went straight to the tables, it was his lucky day for sure!

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:13 PM

View PostPhilfil, on 13 September 2017 - 12:22 PM, said:

Like others said, overpaid - by A LOT!  4x.  Guaranteed he was already getting a "bag fee" from the club, probably $20-$25 each.  That's why everyone else is saying $40-$75 for a tip.  Forecaddying is a walk in the park!  Double bagging is another story.  

I hope that caddy went straight to the tables, it was his lucky day for sure!

and in a cart!!!


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

Agree with above.  High end tip for a guy carrying a bag is $150 and this is at the high end clubs.  Forecaddy should be about 1/3 of that.  Vegas, however, follows no financial rules known to other clubs, so as long as you had fun, don't worry about it.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:08 PM

I did $100 a man. Just go back to the tables and win it back!!

That place is the incredible by the way.  I didn't know whether to focus on my golf or the F-22 Raptors flying over every 5 mins.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:22 PM

What was the standard fee before tip?

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:31 AM

$40-50 per head imo for a forecaddy.

Now if he's carrying your bags, $100 per player tip.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:23 AM

I played there as a single on the 9/13.  Basically had a "true caddie" vs a forecaddie as I was a single.  Tipped $100 for the great service.  $60-120 per bag seems to be the range for top courses I have played for a caddie (vs forecaddie).  Forecaddie recommended tip at most courses is $20-$40 per bag.  Also, I was informed that the Shadow Creek Caddies are not allowed to carry due to the heat and they will drive the cart if a player wants to walk.

Great course and fantastic experience. Kind of a crazy round at 45/37 for a solid first time at course 82 and in a 2.5 hour round (also had 6 three putts :( ).  However I only got around 4 hours of sleep the night before ....


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:24 AM

$500 dollars: includes cart, forecaddie, all non alcoholic drinks and snacks, and limo ride back and forth to the course.

View PostArtMBgolf, on 15 September 2017 - 08:22 PM, said:

What was the standard fee before tip?


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 05:47 PM

I played it as a single a few years ago, the caddie drove the cart and I walked. He did a good job, I tipped him $100 and I thought that was generous, but I had played very well and was in a good mood.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 08:25 AM

I've played there numerous times and I can tell you that caddie will talk about you for a long time!  The caddies don't walk there, they have platforms built on the back of the carts. Unless you specifically request a caddie per man, you are gonna get one caddie per 2 golfers.  Recommended tip is $50.00 a man and more if the caddie really took care of you - which they do.  We typically give them $75.00 per golfer.......

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 03:11 PM

View Postburnsniper, on 16 September 2017 - 11:23 AM, said:

I played there as a single on the 9/13.  Basically had a "true caddie" vs a forecaddie as I was a single.  Tipped $100 for the great service.  $60-120 per bag seems to be the range for top courses I have played for a caddie (vs forecaddie).  Forecaddie recommended tip at most courses is $20-$40 per bag.  Also, I was informed that the Shadow Creek Caddies are not allowed to carry due to the heat and they will drive the cart if a player wants to walk.

Great course and fantastic experience. Kind of a crazy round at 45/37 for a solid first time at course 82 and in a 2.5 hour round (also had 6 three putts :( ).  However I only got around 4 hours of sleep the night before ....

Same.  I had maybe 3 hours of sleep each night.  I played pretty good considering.  I think we played when it was 101 degrees outside coming from Seattle which our hottest temps only get to around mid 90s but with slight breeze and cleaner air.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:10 PM

We play shadow twice a year and I'd say you overtipped a bit but they get far more from others. We do $100 a guy and usually have one caddie for two players. $400 is a good tip and they'd appreciate it I'm sure so good on ya.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:45 AM

We played last week and had one forecaddie for 4 players. Its honestly the first time I've had a forecaddie that didn't actually forecaddie - IE he never went out to watch for drives and we lost quite a few balls that really looked like they were just barely off the fairway. Not sure if its typical at SC to only have one per foursome but when they aren't actually doing forecaddying it does make it hard if one or two of you are spraying it all day.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:51 AM

 cherokee8215, on 17 September 2017 - 05:47 PM, said:

I played it as a single a few years ago, the caddie drove the cart and I walked. He did a good job, I tipped him $100 and I thought that was generous, but I had played very well and was in a good mood.

lol I'm the same way.  If I play well you're getting a big tip.

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:48 PM

I know one of the caddies out there really well.    That is a good tip, but it all depends on the day and time you are out there.    If it is a slow day and there isn't a lot of players that is a good tip.   But, if is a busy time of year they make a CRAP ton more from the big poker players, the PGA guys, any of the major pro athletics, etc.    But, most of the time when those type of people are out there the average joe's aren't getting out there.    I know for example Jordan gave him 10k for a tip because he was playing out of his mind and won a large bet who he was playing against.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 11:28 PM

It's  Vegas, and it's Shadow Creek. 100 a man is the usual there. It's not 2006 guys. If your guy makes less than 200 per loop that's crap. Most high end clubs don't have caddie fees and gratuity. The courses that do are usually resorts that use a 3rd party company. All high end clubs in Northeast , SoFla, and CA caddies get 120/ bag to carry 60/per person on carts ( if there are 4 players, see above statement abou 200 per day min). I understand it's a locust some don't want to incur but you're supporting a tradition that adds to the experience.

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 05:07 AM

wow never played SC, but it is on my list.  I have to think that is way too much for a forecaddie.  I have played with a caddie numerous times and forecaddies when we were in carts and roughly:

Caddie carrying - 100-120 per bag
Forecaddie - 30-40 bucks a player


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 04:28 PM

You did the right thing!! 400 is the perfect amount to pay the guy if he did a good job!!

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 09:20 PM

The norm as far as I know for high end Vegas is $80 to $100 per person if a 4-some as a forecaddie.  Even though Iím a local Iím still a little surprised by how high it is.  When I play in other parts of the country, it seems that $100-$120 is the rate per person for someone carrying your bag.

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:00 PM

I gave my caddie at Shadow Creek $75. He did a decent job but no comparison to the caddies i've had in Monterey or @ Chambers Bay. I played in a 2-day tournament @ Chambers and that caddie was MONEY on reading the greens. I ended up winning my flight and tipped him about $300 for the 2 days. Caddies in Monterey i usually tip ~$80 to carry.

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 05:27 PM

Played Shadow Creek this March we were a 2 some and we each gave the guy $100.00 he was money. It was a great time and I can't wait to go back.

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