September 17, 2009
Just Thought You’d Want to Know

H/T to Marginal Revolution, without whom we would never have known this:

Yes, for $40 the llamas at Sherwood Forest Country Club will carry your bags, accompany you on a nine-hole run, and maybe even channel their peaceful temperament into quiet but unwavering moral support…

For the past few months, he and English have trained the llamas to become caddy extraordinaires through a series of acclimation exercises, first allowing them to get used to golf swings, and then to become harnessed with saddles that carry two clubs. “They go at the speed of a golf cart,” says Lautenschlager, a professional golfer, who feels no hindrance from having a llama caddy vs. a human one. Even better, llamas are what he calls natural “communal pottyers,” meaning they don’t go to the bathroom on the green anytime they feel like it but will rather line up rear to rear and go together in one spot. “It’s the funniest thing,” Lautenschlager says.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 17, 2009 07:39 PM
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Are those things in the picture fertilizer balls? Or just practice balls certain golfer's I've known could use. I know they're not likely to be chickenhawk balls because those things stink and seem to stay stuck on the guys who grow them in their heads.

Posted by: Buck on September 18, 2009 3:57 AM

Well, you could call them fertilizer balls. I guess.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on September 18, 2009 9:04 AM

Whatever happened to guys doing it for money? Is that gone now? You woulnd't think that would be gone. When I was in hgih school they already had golf carts but there were jobs enough for us kids to make plenty doing other things. But you'd think that youngsters would want to work doing that now. Surely there aren't enough llamas....yet.

But I guess the golf cart industry has made them passe. But surely that will come back if our economy doesn't. Because a golf cart may be what we drive down to the local store one day if they run this Naomi Klein thing for a long time.

Posted by: Buck on September 18, 2009 10:14 PM
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