FAQs Archive | Youth on Course

Frequently Asked Questions

Caddie Academy

Are the caddies good at reading greens?

While some caddies may be very advanced and good at reading greens, others may be new to the game and still learning these difficult skills.

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How much do I have to pay for the caddie?

All payments are made through the CaddieNow app. The app charges $30 to the golfer and $20 to Youth on Course so the caddie earns a minimum of $50.

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How do I get Youth on Course caddies at my club?

Please contact Michael Lowe – michael@youthoncourse.org – to discuss bringing the Youth on Course Caddie Academy to your club.

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Can my son or daughter be a caddie at my club?

Youth on Course caddies must be between the ages of 14-18. They must apply online and complete an orientation session.

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What is a caddie? What do they do?

In golf, a caddie is a person who carries a player’s bag and clubs during a round of golf. Sometimes the caddie may give a golfer advice or moral support, but mainly a caddie is someone who is in charge of equipment.

Traditional caddying involves both the golfer and the caddie walking the course together. The caddie is in charge of carrying the player’s bag. The caddie is also responsible for taking care of the course as the players move through – raking sand and fixing spots on the green. (We will train you how to do all of this!)

Fore-Caddying entails the caddie walking ahead while the players ride in carts. The fore-caddy will watch for the ball to land – making sure they spot it in long grass or tree areas – and point out it’s location to keep golfers moving along.

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How much money can I make as a caddie?

You will earn a minimum of $50 per loop, but if you do a good job you may earn tips as well! Caddies to College (based on financial need) will earn an additional $50 into a college scholarship fund after every loop.

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What do I wear as a caddie?

Caddies will wear a uniform that we provide for a small fee ($5). Underneath the uniform, you should wear comfortable shorts or pants and an appropriate t-shirt or collared shirt. Comfortable walking shoes are a must! You will be walking.

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Do I have to play golf to be a caddie?

Absolutely not. You do not need to play golf or know anything about golf to be a caddie. We will train you how to be a caddie before sending you out on the course. All you need is a can-do attitude and a good pair of walking shoes.

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Where can I caddie?

There are several locations where you can caddie. If there are numerous locations near where you live, you are welcome to caddie at multiple locations.

2018 Caddie Sites:

  • Alamaden Country Club – San Jose
  • California Golf Club – South San Francisco
  • Claremont Country Club– Oakland
  • Contra Costa Country Club – Pleasant Hill
  • The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch – Salinas
  • Del Rio Country Club – Modesto
  • Lake Merced Golf Club – Daly City
  • La Rinconada Country Club – Los Gatos
  • Marin Country Club – Novato
  • The Olympic Club – San Francisco
  • Orinda Country Club – Orinda
  • Poppy Hills Golf Course – Pebble Beach
  • San Jose Country Club – San Jose
  • Sequoyah Country Club – Oakland
  • Sunnyside Country Club – Fresno
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How do I learn to caddie?

There will be a caddie orientation at every course. We will show you how to be a caddie – everything from how to rake the sand, how to answer questions golfers may have and how to fix the golf course as you go. We will set you up for success at our orientations.

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How do I get loops as a caddie?

Once you are trained, you will make your own work schedule using an app called CaddieNow. CaddieNow works a lot like Lyft or Uber, but for caddies. When a golfer is playing a round and wants to take a caddie, they go on CaddieNow and say “I need a caddie at XYZ course on Saturday at 9am.” All the caddies in the area that have been trained will then receive a notification that a golfer is looking for a caddie. The first caddie to respond that they are available will get the loop. If you do a good job caddying, the golfer has the ability to request you first.

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How often can I caddie?

You can caddie as much or as little as you would like. If you are in a location with numerous courses that need caddies, you can also caddie at multiple locations which will help increase your loops. Loops will be available when golfers ask for them, so this may vary from day to day. Saturdays and Sundays will be bigger days for caddying.

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What is a loop and how long does it take?

Loop is caddie-lingo for a round of golf. This can mean 9 or 18 holes of walking – which can be equivalent to about two to five miles. It generally takes between 2 and 5 hours to complete a loop, depending on the course, the players and the number of holes they play.

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For Courses

How often does my facility get reimbursed?

We will cut a check for your facility once a month.

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How does my course keep track of kids playing here so we can get the right reimbursement?

We have an online check in system that is really easy to use. Your course will get custom login credentials and can begin checking in Youth on Course members in as little as 5 minutes.

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How will I know if kids are Youth on Course members when they check in?

Youth on Course members should bring in their official membership cards when they check in, but if they don’t, you will still be able to verify their membership on the online check-in system.

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I’m having trouble with the online check-in system.

Often times glitches can be fixed by refreshing the webpage. If not, contact us.

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I lost my check-in credentials.

Refer to your course agreement, and contact us if you still need them.

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I don’t want kids at my course during busy Sunday mornings or tournaments.

No problem. When we set up your course as a facility YOU set the times that kids can play the course. Additionally, we also ask that kids call ahead to courses to make tee times just to double check availability.

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I have some concerns about kids playing at my course.

Please contact us. We are happy to help.

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For Players

Do I have to take a curriculum?

Yes. After joining for the first time you will need to complete the online curriculum to activate your membership number. You will get the link via email to the online curriculum after joining, and it takes about 15 minutes to complete.

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What age do I have to be to participate in Youth on Course?

You must be at least 6 years old to join. You can stay a part of Youth on Course until the fall after you graduate high school (relatively age 18).

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Do I need take the curriculum before or after I pay for my membership?

When you pay you will receive an email right away prompting you to take the curriculum, so pay first.

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What do I do with my membership number?

Having an active membership number means that you paid for the year and are able to use your membership. Your number can also be used to establish a handicap to use to track progress and compete in tournaments.

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When will I get my membership number?

After you signup, you will receive an email with your number and a link to complete the online curriculum. If you already have a handicap number from another club be sure to sign up with that number to avoid being assigned a new one.

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How do I play golf for $5 or less?

After joining, you will get a membership card with your unique membership number on it. Bring this to the course during the designated Youth on Course times and you will play for $5 or less.

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When will I get a membership card?

It will take 2-3 weeks to get a membership card. You can print one earlier than that here.

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How long does my membership last?

Memberships are valid for one calendar year (until January 1).

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I’m traveling. Can I use my membership in a different state?

Absolutely! If there are participating courses in an area you are visiting, you are welcome to use your membership there regardless of where you live.

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Can I play for $5 or less with my golf team or for a tournament? What about golf camps?

You can not use your membership for tournaments or competitions. For practices with your team please contact your local golf association. Golf Camp use is not permitted.

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Do you pay for range balls or a cart?

No. Youth on Course does not cover range balls or carts, and we encourage our members to walk.

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How much does a Youth on Course membership cost?

Membership cost varies based on region. The price is set in each region by the State/Regional Golf Association.
Arizona: $15
Northern California: $18
Carolinas Golf Association: $20
Chicago: $20
Colorado: $25
Georgia: $20
Greater Cincinnati, Ohio: $15
Idaho: The First Tee or Ridgecrest Golf Course
Kansas City: $20
Kentucky: $5
Miami Valley, Ohio: $5
Michigan: $5
Minnesota: $15
New Mexico: $20
Northern Nevada: $5
Southern Nevada: $30
Oregon: $30
Utah: $10
Washington: $20

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Join

How long does my membership last?

Memberships are valid for one calendar year (until January 1).

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Can I join through a junior golf organization?

We have a few partnered junior golf organizations that you can join through. If you are a member of one of these organizations, you already have a Youth on Course membership! Contact your club to find out your membership number. These associations are also YOC member clubs:

Arizona

Junior Golf Association of Arizona

Northern California

AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association

Salinas Valley Junior Golf Association

Santa Cruz County Junior Golf Association

TGA Premier Junior Golf

KK Pacific Golf Golf Association

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How much does a Youth on Course membership cost?

Membership cost varies based on region. The price is set in each region by the State/Regional Golf Association.
Arizona: $15
Northern California: $18
Carolinas Golf Association: $20
Chicago: $20
Colorado: $25
Georgia: $20
Greater Cincinnati, Ohio: $15
Idaho: The First Tee or Ridgecrest Golf Course
Kansas City: $20
Kentucky: $5
Miami Valley, Ohio: $5
Michigan: $5
Minnesota: $15
New Mexico: $20
Northern Nevada: $5
Southern Nevada: $30
Oregon: $30
Utah: $10
Washington: $20

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What are the age restrictions for Youth on Course?

Youth are eligible for Youth on Course membership when they turn 6 years old. The membership is good until the summer after member graduates from high school (about the time they would normally head to college or into the workforce.)

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Are there any restrictions for using a Youth on Course membership card?

You can play golf using your Youth on Course membership card as many times as you like – there is no limit, however, you can not use the card to play tournaments, competitions, or organized camps. Please check the course map for YOC availability at participating facilities.

 

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Can I join through The First Tee?

Yes, at participating locations, par and above level members get Youth on Course memberships included with their First Tee memberships! Check out our Participating Chapters list to see if your chapter is a part of Youth on Course.

Participating Chapters

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Legacy

Can Youth on Course help me complete my estate plan?

Yes. You can instantly access our basic introduction to estate planning in our clear and concise video series, Estate Planning Help. The series takes you through the pros and cons of probate, wills, living trusts, advance health care directives, and other basic estate planning tools. Or you can download a computer-friendly version of our Estate Planning Organizer now.

Effective estate planning usually takes time, effort and a good attorney. In the end, your plan will allow your family to avoid the delay, dissension and needless expense that often occurs when a loved one dies without a Will. Once you have taken care of your family’s needs, please consider a thoughtful bequest to Youth on Course.

To order a hard copy of the estate planning organizer or request a computer friendly version sent to you by email, call 831-625-4653 or email jeff@youthoncourse.org.

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How do I include Youth on Course in my living will or trust?

The most common way people remember Youth on Course in a will or living trust is through a charitable bequest. You do not have to rewrite your current documents. You simply add an amendment, called a codicil, to your will or living trust. Here is some suggested language you can have your attorney review:

“I give devise and bequeath to Youth on Course (tax I.D. 94-3108575), located in Pebble Beach, California, the sum of __________ dollars ($ __________)(…or state a percentage of your estate, or describe real or personal property, including exact location) for the benefit of its general purposes (or specify Youth on Course program you wish to support).

Your bequest is entirely under your control during life and becomes irrevocable only at death.

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What’s the advantage of making Youth on Course a beneficiary of my retirement plan?

A designation in your IRA or other retirement plan may be a very cost-effective way of making a gift to Youth on Course. If you leave your retirement plan to your children, they will have to pay income tax on either a lump sum distribution or the income stream from the plan. Youth on Course does not pay this tax.

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Why does Youth on Course need planned gifts?

Your bequest will help Youth on Course provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities for years to come. These opportunities include subsidized rounds of golf for more than 30,000 members at more than 650 facilities. Additionally, paid high-school internships, caddie opportunities and college scholarships allow young people to build a better future. A simple, revocable change in your will or living trust can transform lives through a sport you love.

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Can you provide me with an estimate of my tax and income benefits?

Yes, we can provide you with estimates of the tax and income benefits you will receive if you take out a charitable gift annuity, or create a charitable remainder trust. We need to know the birth dates of those who will receive income from these charitable tools and the kind of gift you have in mind (cash, or real estate). These calculations are for educational purposes only and should be reviewed by qualified independent advisers of your choosing. For calculations confidentially provided, call 831-625-4653 or email jeff@youthoncourse.org.

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Play

How long does my membership last?

Memberships are valid for one calendar year (until January 1).

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I’m traveling. Can I use my membership in a different state?

Absolutely! If there are participating courses in an area you are visiting, you are welcome to use your membership there regardless of where you live.

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Can I play for $5 or less with my golf team or for a tournament? What about golf camps?

You can not use your membership for tournaments or competitions. For practices with your team please contact your local golf association. Golf Camp use is not permitted.

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Do you pay for range balls or a cart?

No. Youth on Course does not cover range balls or carts, and we encourage our members to walk.

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What age do I have to be to play golf for $5 or less?

You must be at least 6 years old to join. You can stay a part of Youth on Course until the fall after you graduate high school (relatively age 18). We ask that young members please play with an adult for safety.

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Are there any restrictions for playing?

Yes. Many courses set time restrictions for when Youth on Course members can play for $5 or less. Please check the map for restrictions and call ahead to make a tee time.

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Do I need to bring my membership card with me to play?

Yes! Courses will ask you for your membership card at check-in. If you don’t have a card you can print a temporary one here.

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Is there a limit to how often I can use the membership card for discounted golf?

No. You can use the card to play for $5 or less as many times as you would like so long as your membership number is active. Please check the course map for YOC availability at participating facilities.

 

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YOCDay

Which courses can I play on #YOCDay for $1?

All of our participating courses should be offering the $1 round on June 29 – however, some courses have restrictions on times and dates that the Youth on Course rate is available – so if a course does not typically offer the rate on Friday, they may not be offering the $1 rate. Check the map for participating courses.

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What do I need to do to play for a $1 on June 29?

You must be a valid member of Youth on Course to participate in YOC Day. Click here to join Youth on Course. This means you must have an active membership number – and you must present either your permanent membership card or your temporary card to the course. Please remember – YOCday is on a Friday. If a course does not typically offer Youth on Course availability on Fridays, then they may not offer the $1 rate.

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I don’t have a membership card – what do I do?

You can print a temporary membership card here: youthoncourse.org/card

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How many times can I play on June 29th for $1?

You can play as many rounds as you are able on June 29th! Feel free to play as many rounds as you like, so long as the course will permit you.

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I am having an issue checking in at a course for the $1 rate – what should I do?

Please contact us.

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I am a course operator – how do I check these kids in on $1 day?

Please submit the rounds on your Point of Sales display as normal and be sure to post them as June 29th if that is the day they were played.

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I am a course operator – Will I lose money from this?

No. Youth on Course will fully subsidize your normal rate PLUS the additional difference between the $1 rate and your normal Youth on Course rate.

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