About the Academy
Founded in 2012 at CommonGround Golf Course, the Academy creates opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and enhance character through a foundation built around caddying.
Through a two-year caddie-training program, young men and women have the unique opportunity to learn and benefit from the game of golf, not from a book or a junior golf program, but rather through caddying. Caddie grants will be provided to underprivileged children in order to provide them with a chance learn the caddie trade, develop skills that they will use both on and off the golf course. Caddies start in the Academy upon completion of their 8th grade year. Following the completion of this program they are placed into an existing and successful caddie program in the Denver Metro Area.
While caddying is the focus, student caddies are required to attend weekly leadership meetings and fulfill a community service requirement by working closely with one of the community partners who host golf programs at CommonGround Golf Course.
The Solich Academy has four chapters, all structured the same way with the same application requirements. The kids in each chapter complete the same requirements in order to receive their monthly educational grant.
- CommonGround chapter: the initial chapter of the Academy, founded in 2012. The chapter is based at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora
- Meridian chapter: in 2015, the Meridian Chapter was launched at Meridian Golf Course
- Grand Junction chapter: in 2017, the Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy expanded to Grand Junction at Lincoln Park Golf Course and Tiara Rado Golf Course
- Fort Collins chapter: NEW in 2022, this chapter will be based out of Fort Collins Country Club
- Age – caddies are accepted into the Academy on completion of their 8th grade year in school (after two years in the Academy, caddies will be placed into another caddie program in the Denver Area)
- Academic Excellence – caddies are required to hold a minimum GPA of a 3.0 (report cards will be requested when kids apply)
- Financial Need – Family income should be $80,000 or less
- Work Ethic and Attitude – caddies who are accepted into the Academy do not need to have any background in golf, but they do need to have a great work ethic and positive attitude
Requirements Once Accepted
If accepted into the Solich Academy, caddies must complete monthly requirements in order to receive their educational grant of $600 for the month.
- Loops – caddies must complete 12 loops a month and 36 loops by the end of the summer
- Leadership Classes – caddies must attend weekly leadership classes which are held on Mondays.
- Volunteer Hours – caddies must volunteer for 2 hours a month and 6 hours by the end of the summer (they can volunteer with one of our development programs at CommonGround or another organization)
- Activity Tracker – caddies must complete an activity tracker that documents their caddying, leadership class attendance and volunteering hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who do I contact for more information on the program?
A: Contact Emily Olson at 816-820-8819 or email@example.com
Q: How do I apply?
A: Click on the Apply button in the middle of this page.
Q: How old do I need to be?
A: Caddies are accepted into the Academy upon completion of their 8th grade year in school.
Q: How long is the program?
A: The Solich Academy starts Memorial Day weekend and goes until Labor Day weekend.
Q: Do I need to play golf or know a lot about the sport?
A: Although welcomed, caddies do not need any prior golf experience/knowledge in order to participate in the Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy. Caddies will be taught everything they need to know during training and through online resources from the CGA.
Q: How do I get paid?
A: If caddies complete all of their monthly requirements, they will be paid with an educational grant of $600 a month for a total of $1800.00 by the end of the summer. Caddies may also receive tips from golfers upon completion of a loop but this is not mandatory of the golfer.
Q: What do I wear when caddying?
A: Caddies wear a white collared shirt, khaki pants or shorts and tennis shoes. They will be provided with a hat to wear as well.
Q: Where does The Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy take place?
A: All training and caddying is done at the respective courses depending on which chapter you participate in. Leadership classes are held at Aurora Academy for the CommonGround chapter and at Meridian Golf Club for the Meridian chapter. Virtual leadership classes are held for the Grand Junction and Ft. Collins chapters.
Q: How long is training?
A: Training takes place throughout the month of April and May after school and on weekends.
Q: What is involved in leadership?
A: Leadership classes are a mandatory part of this program. Classes are an hour long and run for 10 weeks in the summer.
Q: How am I assigned loops?
A: Caddies will utilize the CaddieNow app to pick up loop assignments. Caddie Managers at each golf course site will place loop requests into the system for caddies to pick up.
Q: What happens after I complete the program?
A: After two years in the program, caddies are placed into another caddie program in their area. Emily Olson will work with each caddie on what club is most convenient for them and will set up meetings between caddies, their parents and the new club.