Inducted in 2003
A caddie for nearly 70 years at famed Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, NC, Willie McRae worked alongside legends of the game and was a model of professionalism throughout his career.
McRae was introduced to caddying in 1943 at the age of ten, when his father brought him down to the caddie shack and put him to work. Willie learned from the club’s seasoned loopers, and quickly developed a knack for eyeballing distance. McRae was called upon to caddie for famed golf course architect Donald Ross several times, and caddied in the 1951 Ryder Cup, which was played at Pinehurst. Until his retirement in October 2017, McRae was a favorite of professional athletes, business executives and all fortunate enough to have him on their bag while playing Pinehurst No. 9.
For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, McRae earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.