Originally Posted by forepoints
That's what happened to me at Mountain Vista in Palm Desert. They wait at the 18th hole and while you're putting, they're wiping down your clubs and you feel like a heel not paying the guy. I hate that too. What if you regularly play at one course and they try to wipe down your clubs, are you expected to pay every time?
If I'm playing somewhere that I know does it (about 1/2 the places I play around here do) then I will try and have a couple bucks on hand and ready. When I forget, I always try and grab my clubs off the cart before he starts because I don't want him to waste his effort for nothing. (I try to cut off solicitors as early as possible too so they don't have to waste their breath but some of them talk so fast :))
I only play about once every two weeks right now, and at different courses most of the time. If I played at the same one a lot - especially to the point that the guys there recognized me - then yeah, I'd make it a point to tip every time. Maybe lean towards $2 instead or 3 or 5 if I'm playing more often, or if we're talking about a CC with guys who are the same every day and know your name, maybe give them more money less often ... or even treat him like the gardener or mailman and give him one big tip at Christmas (or a bottle of whiskey or something :))
Side note: There's one course around here that does something pretty cool. They have free valet parking and you valet also takes your clubs. You just tell him your tee time (and of course tip him :)) and go inside, pay, and when you get out back your clubs are in the cart ready for you. At the end of the round, similar thing in reverse. Guy starts cleaning your clubs and you just walk in through the clubhouse, clean up, whatever, and when you get out front your car is there waiting with the clubs in the trunk. The only problem I have there is am I suppose to tip the club cleaner guy a couple AND the valet a couple at the end as well? I already tipped the valet at the beginning too. I don't mind it, but at the same time, I'm not made of money so I don't want to be throwing around cash too much above and beyond what's expected. (Then again, most people who play these level of courses ARE made of money so throwing around cash might very well be what's expected.) :)
(That's Monarch Beach for the Socal-ers who might be wondering, by the way)