Golf Course Superintendent Develops Cover for Easy Spraying

Spray Caddie Golf Cup Cover

Developed by a golf course superintendent, Spray Caddie, an innovative new golf course maintenance tool that keeps the golf cup clean during spray apps and topdressing, will make its debut at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Conference & Show in San Diego next month.

Until now, there has been no standardized way to shield the golf hole from liquid spray apps and topdressing. Some superintendents stuff a rag into the cup or use some sort of plug-in the hole. The Spray Caddie Golf Cup Cover offers a better solution in a touch-free tool.

How It Works

Spray Caddie Golf Cup Cover is a flat, round cover that, when placed over the golf hole, shields the inside of the cup from liquid overspray and sand from topdressing. Metal tabs on the cup cover attract a magnetic wand (sold as part of the Spray Caddie Starter Kit) that allows for no-touch deployment and retrieval of the cup cover. As there is no need to actually touch the cup cover, hands or gloves stay dry so there’s no transfer of chemicals to gloves, hands, spray rig steering wheels, or cell phones used to remotely turn irrigation systems off and on. Spray Caddie Golf Cup Cover is made of recycled plastic and is manufactured in the United States.

Developed by a Golf Course Superintendent

Rob Roberts, president of Back Nine Boys, LLC, makers of Spray CAddie
Rob Roberts, president of Back Nine Boys, LLC, makers of Spray CAddie

Spray Caddie was developed by Rob Roberts, an assistant golf course superintendent and licensed spray tech in Washington State with more than 25 years of experience. Rob struggled for years to devise a cup cover that would make his daily job easier. Once he finalized the Spray Caddie design, he wanted to share it with the golf industry.  The product is patent pending.

“I’ve been using the Spray Caddie Golf Cup Cover system on my golf course for years, refining it as I went along. Every time I used it, it became more evident how easy and useful it is. I am so excited to share it with other superintendents and spray techs,” said Rob Roberts, president of Back Nine Boys, LLC, makers of Spray CAddie.

Rob’s partner in Spray Caddie is his wife, Stacie Zinn Roberts, an award-winning, widely published writer in the golf industry and marketing professional in the golf/turf space.

The Spray Caddie Product Line

The Spray Caddie product line includes:

  • Spray Caddie Starter Kit: Includes 3 Spray Caddie Golf Cup Covers, 1 magnetic wand, 2 magnets to attach the wand to a spray rig
  • Spray Caddie 3-Pack: Includes 3 Spray Caddie Golf Cup Covers
  • Spray Caddie 6-Pack with Caddie: Includes 6 Spray Caddie Golf Cup Covers packaged in a convenient caddie that features a release tab for touch-free removal of the cup cover from the wand into the storage caddie.

Spray Caddie is currently available through online sales. The website launched in mid-December 2021, and sales have been strong.

Instructions for Use

Full instructions for use can be found at:

Where to find Spray Caddie at the GCSAA

Spray Caddie is a special guest of Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass in GCSAA Booth #3951. Introductory pricing will be available through the show.


Spray Caddie™ Golf Cup Cover keeps the golf cup clean during topdressing and liquid spray applications. Developed by a golf course superintendent, Spray Caddie shields staff and golfers from touching chemicals and other liquid spray applications that could discolor the inside of the cup. Prevents the accumulation of sand in the golf hole during topdressing on golf greens. Use on standard golf greens and multi-hole practice facilities. Works for any type of sand or liquid spray app such as colorant, fertilizer, herbicide, PGRs, & more. Spray Caddie is manufactured in the U.S.A. by Back Nine Boys, LLC., @spraycaddie.

Most Popular

Golf Course Trades is produced by Golf Trades LLC and is a golf course superintendent niche digital marketing specialist. Golf Course Trades utilizes the 30 years of b2b relationships to help companies target golf courses utilizing our website, newsletter, and online turf directory. Please contact Golf Course Trades at or call (931) 484-8819 to request a full media kit.

Sign up below for our eNewsletter and to receive the same great Golf Course Trades content in your email box.

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Copyright © 2016-2022 The Golf Course Trades

To Top

Never Miss A Headline

Get our Weekly recap with the latest news, articles, and resources.