July 29, 2009

Golf course employs llamas as caddies

Officials at a North Carolina golf course said they have taken to using rented llamas as caddies for members.

The Sherwood Golf Course in Cedar Mountain, N.C., said the llamas are available for caddying Tuesdays for a fee of $40 for nine holes, WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, S.C., reported Wednesday.

Mark English, owner of the golf club, said the llamas have proven a hit with golfers and he is hoping to spread the llama program to other area golf courses. He said while doing his research in preparing for the llamas he discovered another golf course in Pinehurst, N.C., that replaced its caddies with llamas years ago.

English said the llamas may not be able to give golfing advice in English, but the animals can agree with a club choice by stomping on the ground.