While writing up the sale for the fabulous Pinehurst Resort, which boasts a rich golfing history, it was difficult to resist making references to classic golfing cinema. After all, golf is a gentleperson’s game, rife with tradition and class. It has its own clapping style for crying out loud—a polite, reserved version of the raucous applause more typical of a hockey game.
That said …
There are too many good golf movies not to share. Here are a few of our favorites—not all of which poke fun at the game.
Caddyshack – The original golf comedy takes aim at upper crust stuffiness with countless famous scenes that can’t be mentioned here (this is a PG-13 blog). And it teaches us a useful lesson: The cute rodent always wins (see: Ratatouille).
Tin Cup – If Kevin Costner isn’t your thing, please move along. However, the story of a reluctant (and often inebriated) golf pro reaching the U.S. Open final is both humorous and heartwarming, in its own way.
Happy Gilmore – Adam Sandler’s slapstick comedy about a slap shot-wielding hockey player-turned golfer is famous for its famous fist fight between Sandler and Bob Barker. The movie also featured a cameo from golf legend Lee Trevino.
The Legend of Bagger Vance – A mystical caddy. Southern accents. Lots of golfing action. Throw in Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, and Will Smith and you have yourself a pretty darn good golfin’ film!