Inducted in 2006
A professional caddie and political science professor, Bradley Klein has become one of the game’s foremost experts on golf course architecture.
Klein caddied as a young man before attending Binghamton University and the University of Massachusetts, where he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in political science. While working toward those degrees, Klein worked as a caddie, lopping for pros on the PGA TOUR for 10 years between 1976-1986. He spent 14 years as a professor of political science and even penned a book on U.S. nuclear deterrence strategy. He retired from academia in 1999 to devote himself full time to golf writing. Klein has authored seven books on golf course architecture and has worked at Golfweek magazine, Golf Channel and GolfAdvisor.com. He also has worked as a golf course architecture consultant on projects such as Old Macdonald, the fourth course at Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon.
For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, Klein earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.