Alright Rock Heads, any big-time movie buffs out there? This Caveman may never make the guest list at a Hollywood Hills party, but I sure do enjoy watchin’ movies whenever I get the chance! Unfortunately, there really aren’t that many flicks that focus on my first love, golf. To prove my point, I threw together this list of the best (and worst!) golf movies ever made.
#5. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) – Shia LeBouf, Bill Paxton
Based on the true story of Francis Ouimett and how he overcame prejudice to not only gain entrance to, but WIN the 1913 US Open against his hero and rival Harry Vardon.
#4. The Man with the Perfect Swing (1995) – Suzanne Savoy
This film may have been low budget, but my Rock Heads know that can be a good thing! This one’s a story of a man who stumbles upon the perfect golf swing and how he plans on capitalizing on the idea to revolutionize the game of golf. Back in ’95 you could probably hear the groans from every golfer who wished they’d written this one!
#3. Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) – Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron
A bit more of a drama than this Caveman usually cares for, but good nonetheless! The movie follows a down & out WWI vet as he attempts to pick up the game after 15 years. As if that weren’t enough of a challenge, his ex-lover’s involved with the tournament. Luckily he gains the help of a mysterious man offering to be his caddy and guide him to find his authentic swing.
#2. Happy Gilmore (1996) – Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald
A great comedy that happens to be all about golf! Happy is a a short-tempered hockey player who picks up the sticks to raise enough money to save his grandmother’s house. His unorthodox driving methods and odd behavior draw crowds and the attention of long-time Tour champ Shooter McGavin.
#1. Caddyshack (1980) – Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray
The grand-daddy of all golf movies! An instant classic that still gets quoted only a couple thousand times a day at golf courses around the world. From Murray’s gopher-huntin’ groundskeeper to Rodney Dangerfield’s crack-up Al Czervik, Caddyshack really does deliver about a laugh every minute.
Now, while Caddyshack might even be my favorite movie of all time, I must warn my Rock Heads to avoid the sequel, Caddyshack 2. The less said about that movie, the better.
PS: I know a few more golf movies that occasionally find their way into the Cave… everything from Tin Cup and The Caddy (starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis) to Bobby Jones – Stroke of Genius and even The Three Stooges and their short, “Three Little Beers.” Care to share YOUR favorite? Leave a comment below!