If playing the wonderful game wasn’t enough, some fanatics even went and made films about golf. From comedy to romance, there have been a large number of golf movies that have entertained film lovers for years.
Not the most conventional of topics to make a film about, but over the years, those clever directors, producers, screen writers and all the other people involved in creating films have come up with a number of stories associated with this wonderful and beloved game.
That’s why we’ve come up with 5 of the greatest films about golf. These aren’t you par standard films though; we’re talking your birdies, and eagles here – the very best golf films of all time. So, let’s tee-off with number five...
5. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Directed by Robert Redford, and starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron, this is a feel-good inspirational golf film. Will Smith plays the role of Bagger Vance, a somewhat mysterious caddy. As the caddy for Rannulph Junah (Matt Damon), Bagger Vance helps Junah recover his golf swing, and in the process, his outlook on life too.
Where this movie works really well is the realism of the perils that golfers face with their swing. During it you will undoubtedly root for Junah as he takes on pro golfers. It teaches those watching to focus and repeat before every shot, something that golf is all about.
4. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Based on a true story, this Disney tale is true classic underdog story. Starring Shia LeBeouf as Francis Ouimet, it has gone on to teach golfers, especially youngsters the true spirit of the game, and to never give up. Ouimet is a young American golfer who is a huge fan of an English golfer called Harry Vardon. If you recognise the names mentioned, well that’s because this tale is with reference to the US Open in 1913 when Ouimet actually beats his idol Vardon.
Director, Bill Paxton used some really good camerawork to showcase the game in all its glory, and the story is truly inspirational as Ouimet shows how one can overcome struggles to triumph in the game he loves.
3. Tin Cup (1996)
This romantic comedy stars Kevin Costner who plays Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, a failed golf professional living and working in Texas at local driving range. He tries to win the affections of his rival’s girlfriend (played by Rene Russo), by trying to win the U.S Open. Not motivated by being the Champion, but by love – sounds corny, but it’s genuinely watchable.
His focus on love is reflected in the way he plays, with his heart and not his head. This doesn’t always bode well, which is shown in a frustrating scene where he attempts to go for the green, but constantly puts the ball in the water. It’s funny, feel-good and will make you want to go out and swing you clubs soon after watching.
2. Happy Gilmore (1996)
This is a classic and hilarious golf film that will see you quoting it on the golf course for years to come. Happy Gilmore is the name of the lead character (played by Adam Sandler) who’s a hockey player turned professional golfer, all to help save his grandmother’s house.
As it turns out, he has pretty powerful gold swing, enabling him to hit the ball further than anyone before. However, despite this, he doesn’t quite have the golfing etiquette down to a tee, none more so than the favourite, Shooter McGavin. His battles with Shooter make for memorable scenes.
An absolute classic golf film - the best ever. With a star studded line up of comedy geniuses (Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield to name a few) you’ll enter a world of golf which you never knew existed before. Dangerfield’s character, Al Czervik is the newest member of a well-to-do country club, of which its members are snobs and stuck in their ways.
Not only do they have to deal with Czervik and his outlandish behaviour, but also a troublesome gopher that is intent on destroying the fairways and greens. Bill Murray plays Carl Spackler, the greenkeeper, who is intent on catching gopher with some hilarious consequences.
About the Author
This article was written by Andrew Tonks on behalf of golf retailer Foremost Golf Online.