Participants in boys age groups 6-13 of Red Hills Junior Golf events are permitted to have a caddie to help them play their best. Players eight and under must have a caddie at all times. We suggest players select a parent, grandparent, other family members, or friend at least thirteen years of age as their caddie, so that both can experience the fun of competition.
Please refer to the Age Groups and Yardages Chart as CADDIES FOR 18-HOLE PLAYERS(Boys 12-13) are permitted to help assist players on course but ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ASSIST THEIR PLAYER ON PUTTING GREENS.
Boys 14-18 and must carry (or pull) their clubs without assistance. Shuttles from greens to tee boxes are permitted only when provided for by RHJT event staff. Spectators may not shuttle players between holes unless specifically authorized at the start of tournament play. No exceptions. First offense – warning. Second offense – 2 stroke penalty. Subsequent offenses – double par on that hole.
Pull carts are allowed unless prohibited by the host golf course.
Caddies must refrain from over-coaching the participant for whom they are caddying.
It is the caddie's duty to help the player hit each shot within a reasonable period of time. The player shall play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 45 seconds to play a shot. If a player takes more than 45 seconds, he or she may be subject to a penalty. First offense: warning, second offense: two stroke penalty, subsequent offenses: score of ten on that hole. All penalties will be at the discretion of the tournament director or rules official. The 45-second rule is put into place to prevent over-coaching and slow play.
Switching Caddies During a Round Discouraged.
Only one (1) caddie is permitted to assist a player during the play of any hole. Rotating caddies on and off is discouraged. Once a caddie is "off the bag" and is replaced by another caddie (or no caddie), the original caddie becomes a spectator and should not return to caddie duties during a stipulated round.
Allowing a caddie is a special component of our events as our commitment to encourage family interaction. Please review the rules below to help make the experience more enjoyable.
Important USGA Caddie Related Rules
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rule 8-1 states that a Caddie is one who carries or handles a player's clubs during play and otherwise assistshim in accordance with the rules. A player may only have one caddie at any given time. A caddy 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.
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.
At the committee's discresion, the RHJT Caddie/Cart Policy may be suspended due to excesive heat or other weather-related circumstances where the health/saftey of the player(s) may be at risk.