Golf is an action-packed sport that interests players and fans from all walks of life. It is also a sport that interests filmmakers. Why? The answer is simple. The vast majority of the first two groups of people love to take in a great movie as well.
You may or may not be aware of the 1952 movie “Pat and Mike” starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Many consider it to be one of the first successful golf-related comedies. The following five titles, which represent more recent endeavors, are top films you don’t want to miss.
Making its debut in 1980, Caddyshack will keep you smiling throughout the entire movie. Starring well-known actors Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray, the film showcases the hilarious happenings at the Bushwood Country Club. Just as you might expect, the members are wealthy and the staff isn’t so lucky.
Subplots include the main character, an ambitious young caddy, who will do almost anything to get a caddy scholarship. There’s a millionaire who wants to turn the course into a property development. Best of all, you’ll be introduced to Carl Spackler. Played by the very funny Bill Murray, Carl is the crazy groundskeeper. He is completely obsessed with eradicating an intelligent and somewhat adorable gopher who loves to dig holes. You’ll have to watch, to find out who wins.
2 Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore, played by Adam Sandler, wants to be a hockey player but he can’t skate to save his life. He’s tried many different jobs and can’t keep any of them. Happy’s grandma loses her house and is forced to move into a retirement home. Happy desperately wants to buy it back for her.
By accident, he discovers that he can play golf. He outdrives everyone and gets convinced to go pro. Happy meets Shooter McGavin, played by Christopher McDonald. Shooter is the money leader of the season. He buys grandma’s house to keep it away from Happy.
In the end Happy wins the AT&T Open and gets the house back. Watch the movie to see all of the crazy antics that happen in between. Happy Gilmore debuted in 1996.
3 29 and Holding
29 and Holding was released in 2004. This golf-related comedy stars Morgan Simpson (Mike) and Jed Davis (Jeff). Mike and Jeff are both turning 30. Mike would rather live on a golf course than work. Jeff has a better and is more responsible, but he is afraid of commitment.
Throughout the movie, both men struggle somewhat to let go of things that are holding them back. They eventually figure out what they really want and discover the courage to go after it. It’s a realistic, light-hearted, story that will no doubt remind you of some of the fond memories in your past.
The Caddy hit the big screen in 1953. Starring Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Donna Reed, the movie is a true comedy classic. Martin plays golf pro Joe Anthony and Lewis is his caddy, Harvey Miller. No one knows that, in reality, Harvey is also a pro. He’s just too nervous to play in public.
As the film progresses Joe’s game improves. Both men enter the PGA tour, but Joe wants Harvey to quit. The movie, which made Dean Martin’s hit song “That’s Amore” so popular, features cameo roles by Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and other real-life golf professionals.
5 Tin Cup
Tin Cup is a golf-related love story, with elements of comedy thrown in for good measure and a few good laughs. It came out in 1996, starring Kevin Costner, Rene Russo and Don Johnson.
Costner plays Roy McAvoy, a once-famous golf pro who can only find work at a driving range. His goals are to qualify for the U.S. Open and steal the heart of Molly Griswold. Molly is a doctor and the girlfriend of one of McAvoy’s biggest enemies, played by Don Johnson.
Cheech Marin also stars in the film and contributes his own well-known style of humor. Consider watching the movie to see if Roy is lucky enough to “get the girl.”
If you enjoy comedy as much as you enjoy golf, all of these movies are for you. Make some popcorn or grab your favorite snack. Then sit back and let the laughter begin. Fore!!!!!!