Bill Lets the Pro Have It

We’d like to thank Fred Joy for sharing today’s story

My father-in-law and I were on vacation in Charleston, South Carolina in 2009. We booked a round at a semi-public course for a Tuesday morning tee time. We unloaded our bags, stroked our beards, I put on my Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket hat, and then we walked into the pro-shop.

Upon opening the door, there were two loud voices, clearly having a ‘spirited’ discussion that stopped my father-in-law and I in our tracks. Within seconds it was apparent that the two voices were equally arguing and teasing each other. And both voices were good at it.

We turned the corner – there was Bill and the Pro, arguing over a bag of range balls. Bill was under the impression that the small bag of balls should be honored to be set free upon the open range, and it was his duty to do it. The Pro wanted his $5.

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Kapalua Wedding Crasher

Kapalua golf course
We’d like to thank Ray Bolognone for sharing this story.

This was back around 2001-2002; I was at the Bay course in Kapalua Maui at a golf outing and, low and behold, saw Bill Murray teeing off on #1. So I followed Bill, along with maybe 20 other people. He was wearing his typical Bill Murray golf attire, shorts, baggy shirt, and a hat that had openings on both sides. His hair was sticking out of both sides.

A few holes in, Bill noticed a wedding taking place at the chapel off of the 3rd hole. Bill said, “Look a wedding – I think we’re all invited”. So we all followed Bill over to the wedding. The wedding guests, who happened to be Japanese, were are all outside the chapel taking pictures. Continue reading

Sleepy Hollow Country Club – 10th Hole

We’d like to thank Brandon for sharing today’s story.

It was the Summer/Fall of 1991 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, NY. I had caddied at Sleepy Hollow since I was 13 and had recently returned to NY upon college graduation. While away at college, I had heard that Bill Murray had become a golf member at Sleepy Hollow and all the caddies were buzzing about it. I went up to Sleepy to make a loop (golf jargon) and earn some cash.

I was pleasantly surprised and greatly appreciative when Joe Barreiro (the long time Caddy Master) assigned me to caddy for Bill Murray. It was the most memorable and fun-filled loop I’d ever had. Bill Murray was reciting lines from Caddyshack and I was absolutely thrilled to be in his company. His shtick is exactly what you see in the movies! Fun and funny guy!

The most memorable moment of that loop occurred when we got to the 10th Hole. This is a par 3 hole surrounded by water – the lake hole. Bill Murray playfully and jokingly attempted to throw me in – and he almost did! At the last moment, I side stepped his final shove and avoided being dunked in the lake.

Bill Murray commented something like “I’m glad you’re fast kid, otherwise they’d be telling stories around the clubhouse of me throwing a caddy in the lake”. We all shared a great laugh! At the end of the loop, Bill Murray tipped me $100 bucks, which, to this day, I fondly remember not only this fun filled loop, but also his generosity. Great guy!

A Walk Down the Fairway

We’d like to thank Tim for today’s story.

It was the summer of 2003 at the Greater Hartford Open. I was 12 years old working as a volunteer at the tournament. As an avid golf enthusiast and naturally a fan of Caddyshack, I was very excited to see Bill play.

After being snubbed earlier in the day by Bo Jackson, my morale was low. My hopes of meeting Murray were fleeting. I waited for Bill patiently to arrive at the hole where I was stationed.

As he teed off and began to move down the fairway, I knew meeting him was the truly important task at hand. He began interacting with the crowd. I took my chance. I must have screamed “Mr. Murray” about 10 times until finally he responded “Jesus kid, what?!”

I was so shocked at the fact that I was being spoken to directly, over everyone else, that I completely lost the ability to speak. He then praised my persistence and invited me to walk the rest of the hole with him and even signed my hat. Best golf memory I will ever have.