Ryan Bartels had been a caddie at clubs in and around Chicago for years. Over that time, he saw a number of challenges faced by clubs and their caddie programs. Fast forward to the summer of 2016 as Ryan, then a junior finance major at Indiana University, was spending the summer in Cleveland with his uncle, John, a board member at Shaker Heights CC. Ryan caddied a few loops and saw the same caddie program challenges.
Caddie programs drain cash from clubs. Inefficiencies abound, from scheduling and assignments to payment to communication. Ryan and John were discussing these problems and realized they must be happening at clubs everywhere. They believed these challenges could be fixed.
The two spoke to club managers, caddie managers, caddies and members from all over the country. They concluded that a unified system of mobile payments, scheduling, ratings, and reviews would eliminate many of the challenges that clubs faced. They paid close attention to the unproductive cash payments associated with caddie programs and developed a direct payment system, from member directly to caddie, so clubs could hold on to their cash.
And Circuit Caddie was born.