A caddie must be familiar with the basic rules of golf and the organisations must be aware they can’t impose certain prohibitions.
If a caddie accidently moves his players ball, the player will have a 1-stroke penalty.
If the caddie accidently moves the co-competitor’s ball, (Stroke Play) there is no penalty.
If a caddie accidently moves the opponent’s ball (Match Play), the player will receive a 1-stroke penalty.
Exception: If the accidental moving of the ball was while searching the opponent’s ball, there is no penalty
A caddie must not stay behind the player when a stroke is made
The caddie must not touch the line of putt
A caddie may mark the ball but must not lift it
The caddie must not improve the area of the player’s stance or position of the ball.
In order to identify the player’s ball, some caddies will touch grass, leaves, branches and even do a little bit of gardening around the ball. This could cost a 2-stroke penalty to the player if some improvement was made.
We often see players throw their ball to the caddie for cleaning. If the caddie drops the ball and it goes in deep water where it can’t be recuperate, the player will have a 2-stroke penalty.
Golf Canada and Golf Quebec as well as any professional golf associations like the Circuit Canada Pro Tour (CCPT) may put in effect certain restrictions for caddies:
prohibit the use of a caddie (juniors, college, university, etc.)
prohibit certain individuals as caddies (parents, coaches, pros, etc.)
prohibit the use of a competitor in the same stipulated round
put in effect a dress code
caddies must not ride, they must walk all the time
But when an organisation as decided to accept the use of caddies, it is not possible to restrict the duties of caddies.
We are not allowed to decide that a caddie is not permitted to go on the greens.