Something all golfers should know is not just how to play the game well but also know that tipping is sometimes an expected practice. At times it can also be required, especially at higher-end golf courses. What many golfers aren’t sure of, however, is the appropriate tip. Or who to tip in some cases. Here we tell you how to do just that – tipping at a golf course.
Like all tipping, the quality of the service provided has much to do with the amount of the gratuity you can offer at a golf course. The better the service, the larger the tip. This works all the time and is the most appropriate guide. At some country clubs and golf clubs, however, believe it or not, you are required to pay nothing. It’s part of the service, and some have no-tipping policies. The rest of the clubs, mostly those that practice a resort-style of operating, you need to be ready with some small bills.
Bag drop attendees take your clubs from your car and place them on the golf cart at the time of your arrival. Having $3 to $5 per bag should do the trick. Some would even give $5. With this amount and the number of bags golfers usually bring, bag attendees will surely be happy.
The green fee of a course will also influence your tipping. You should expect to tip more, for example, at a $100-per-round course than at a $25-per-round course.
As a rule, tip a caddie 50 percent of the caddie fee. If there’s a caddie master, you can ensure getting a good caddie by tipping the caddie master 20 percent of the caddie fee.
A $1 tip for a $3 purchase from a beverage cart is appropriate. After all, it must be really tiring driving around the golf course throughout the day serving food and drinks.
If you happen to encounter a locker room attendant, and he’s really working for you, $5 would certainly be enough. The same goes for a shoe service attendant who cleans and polishes your shoes.
Valet parking is uncommon at country clubs, but some high-end golf courses and resorts do offer it. Tip the same as you do at a restaurant or hotel for such a service although $3 is a good baseline amount.