Golf Movies That Never Miss the Mark – Six Movies That Every Golfer Should Know
Despite the unlikely pairing, golfing and the film industry create an entertaining package. Even if golf has never been an interest of yours, these popular golf movies find a way to entertain viewers with plenty of drama, romances, and surprising plot twists.
In this article, we’ll explore some of the best golf movies created. They all nail the value of the entertainment factor, offering a unique perspective on the game itself as well as the industry surrounding it. Never been into golf? Watch one of these, and your opinion on the sport might change.
If you’re looking for a historical classic on the list of movies about golf available, look no further than the Harold Ramis film Caddyshack. This 1980 film is a cult classic that is known in the industry amongst all golfers.
Featuring stars such as Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Rodney Dangerfield, the film follows the general goings-on at the Bushwood Country Club. Despite what you might think when looking at a golf-themed production, this film receives a standing ovation for the characters and storyline, not just the golf.
Tin Cup (1996)
For those looking for a romantic twist in their golf films, and we’re not talking about “A Hole In One,” look no further than the legendary golfing film “Tin Cup.”
Following the story of Roy ‘Tin Cup’ McAvoy, Kevin Costner plays the main character. His love interest is René Russo, a psychological analyst to the stars. The story follows the near-demise of the golfing pro until he starts seeing his psychologist in a different light.
The story is heartwarming and a real feel-good kind of film. The silver thread that weaves its way through the story is the very real depiction of pressure in the golf industry. Instead of taking the more comedic route some other films take, this film takes a look at how golfers often struggle to achieve perfection, an often unattainable status. The final scene is where the true gold lies, winning over the hearts of many.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
This Robert Redford film is an inspirational piece of art. From the cinematography to the spiritual journey viewers are taken on through his storytelling, Redford depicts the world of golfing beautifully.
Starring Will Smith as a caddy to troubled golfer Rannulph Junuh, played by Matt Damon, the film is set in the 1930s and talks about very real matters that all humans face.
The two go on a journey of self-discovery as Vance tries to reignite something in Junuh and find one’s “authentic swing” in life. The tale of redemption is heartfelt and emotional and so much more than just a movie about golf.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Who better to hop on the trend of funny golfing movies than the man himself, Adam Sandler? The Dennis Dugan story follows the life of a failed ice hockey player, played by Sandler, as he discovers his undeniable talent for golf and hitting a golf ball out of the park.
Despite its silly tendencies, the film does tell a story of determination and passion for one’s sport. If you’re looking for a few laughs and some inspiration, Happy Gilmore is a great choice for any sports lover or sportsperson.
The Greatest Game Ever Player (2005)
One of Shia LeBeouf’s earlier works, this Bill Paxton-directed golf movie, is slightly more serious than the others on this list. The story acts as a biopic for Francis Ouimet, a caddy known for ignoring societal restraints in 1913 and competing at the US Open. Maintaining a common theme of society’s prejudice towards the working class, the film tells a tale of skill, strategy, and precision.
This is a movie about being the underdog in a tough industry predominantly ruled by the wealthy. The inspiring movie depicts the sport in its early days and is relatable to anyone who has ever felt like the underdog.
Seven Days in Utopia(2011)
Newer than the rest, this modern-day golf movie is yet another combination of golf and life lessons. In this movie, new meets old with a young fierce-tempered golfer, played by Lucas Black, forced to receive training from grand master Robert Duvall in middle-of-nowhere Texas.
Through their golfing relationship, the young golfer is taught many valuable life lessons by the master. A golfing movie about self-growth and discovery, you can add this to the list of films to watch when looking for a pick-me-up.
Whether you’re after a bit of a laugh or a little inspiration where David finally beats Goliath, golf movies seem to be the way to go. Golf is about so much more than swinging a club. The sport is a mental game, and the industry has plenty of dark truths swept under the rug that all famous golfers face.
For a peek behind the curtain and a near-accurate view into the world of being a pro-golfer, any of the above-mentioned films will do the trick. Golf films are less common nowadays, so the list tends to feature films from a couple of years ago, but do not read too much into the year of the film as the quality of the work is still A-class and scores a ‘hole in one’ in our books when it comes to entertainment value.
November 24, 2023