This weekend, legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae will receive another well-earned honor when he is enshrined in the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to the honor, McRae’s portrait will hang in The Carolina Hotel on the wall honoring all of the CGA Hall-of-Famers.
Why is McRae a Hall-of-Famer? It’s all in his fantastic book, On The Bag, which you can purchase directly from Pinehurst, where McRae has caddied for more than seven decades. On The Bag is an engaging and entertaining journey of McRae’s life and times on and off the links. His career at Pinehurst parallels the great history of the game of golf. McRae has caddied for five presidents, celebrities from Michael Jordan to Mickey Mantle and many of golf’s greatest players, including Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead.
Just two living participants of the 1951 Ryder Cup, which was contested at Pinehurst, McRae remembers looping for the legendary Donald Ross on Ross’s crown jewel, Pinehurst No. 2. In On The Bag, McRae recounts in rich detail many of those moments and the profound effects they’ve had on one of Pinehurst’s most enduring figures in its history.