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Model golf caddy service banned

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The models complete special training before working as caddies

An owner of a string of golf courses in south-east England has banned an all-female caddy service.

Leaderboard had a number of complaints from male and female members at a course in Kent about the women.

The caddy service is provided by Eye Candy Caddies, which says it employs female models trained in golf etiquette, to carry players' clubs.

Leaderboard said the service was not appropriate for a game that has been selected as an Olympic sport.

A spokesperson for Leaderboard said: "Anyone who seriously cares about the development of the game should work to ensure that it is as professional, inclusive, and culturally inoffensive as any other major sport.

"Exploiting outmoded notions of golf as a male bastion is not 'just a bit of fun' - it damages the reputation of the sport as a whole as well as its appeal to members of the younger generation of either sex."

'Golf professionals'

Managing Director of Eye Candy Caddies, Sarah Stacey, said all her models complete a special training programme managed by golf professionals.

She added: "We add that extra sparkle and difference to any golf day and put a smile on people's faces.

"All the girls are trained in the etiquette of golf and uniformed in appropriate golf attire.

"They all sign a code of conduct so everyone is clear about the boundaries."

Following the International Olympic Committee Executive Board's recommendation earlier this month, golf was added to the 2016 Olympic programme.

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