Actor Bill Murray and his five brothers – whose experiences as caddies at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka inspired the 1980 comedy classic “Caddyshack” – were inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame in September.
The Caddie Hall of Fame highlights the tradition and importance of caddying by recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or by supporting the role of caddies.
During the induction ceremony, the six brothers – Bill, Andy, Brian, Ed, Joel and John – discussed their caddie days, their family and golf. Moderator Jimmy Roberts of NBC Sports asked the brothers what makes a good caddie.
“A good caddie makes a member feel like part of a team and like you’re trying to accomplish something together,” Ed Murray said.
Bill Murray said, “It’s an ability to look at a player when he hits a bad shot and go ‘ehhhh … it happens.’ And when he hits a good shot, you go, ‘Well, that’s really who you are.’ “
The Murray Brothers join the likes of Tom Watson, Chick Evans and Jack Nicklaus in The Caddie Hall of Fame.
“What an honor to be included with Old Tom Morris, Frances Ouimet, Fluff Cowan and all that crowd,” Ed said.
“I’m just afraid they’re going to make me caddie again,” Bill joked.
Bill’s portrayal of Bushwood Country Club’s assistant greenskeeper, Carl Spackler, in “Caddyshack” helped immortalize the film, which was co-written by his older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, who also played caddie master Lou Loomis in the movie.
The Murray brothers and their three sisters grew up in Wilmette, Illinois. Their father, Edward Murray, was a lumber salesman and their mother, Lucille, was a homemaker.