A Definitive Rank of the Top 5 Golf Movies
As we enter the weekend, why not take this opportunity to brush up on your golf cinema? I have ranked the Top 5 Best Golf Movies. Grab some popcorn and use these movie nights as a way to pass the time before you're out on the course yourself!
5. The Legend of Bagger Vance
Let's start with just some cast highlights-- Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. A movie that focuses on the mental aspect of the game, we watch as a man faces the struggles of his past while preparing to play the most important golf round of his life. The Legend of Bagger Vance acknowledges the correlation of golf and life. Good movie, good plot, great cast. This movie is believable too in the sense that it tries to honestly capture the emotions of what a golfer faces. It shows that you cannot do this alone. Lean on the people rooting for your success.
4. Happy Gilmore
Some have tried to argue that this movie is easily top 3 if not top 2, but it slips into the number 4 spot for me. Adam Sandler will make you laugh until you cry while delivering memorable quotes and scenes throughout the movie. I've seen many people attempt the famed Happy Gilmore running drive. Oh, and never forget that Shooter McGavin blew a 4-stroke lead on the back nine. It's a movie that every golfer needs to see. ASAP.
3. The Greatest Game Ever Played
On a more serious note, The Greatest Game Ever Played never fails to remind me how rewarding the game of golf can be. It's the kind of movie you watch when you need to be reminded of your love for the game. Let's face it, golf is hard. And it's even harder to be an elite player. However, at the end of the day, it challenges us to be a better competitor, athlete, and person. This movie serves as a perfect reminder of just how lucky we are to spend our days on the course. The Greatest Game Ever Played showcases the dedication, hardwork, and focus required to compete with the best. Just remember when things get tough on the greens to "read it, roll it, hole it."
2. Tin Cup
Plain and simple, golfers love Tin Cup because Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) is so darn relatable. If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that golfers are (usually) stubborn characters. We wear our heart on our sleeve and this movie takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. Tin Cup is one movie you can watch over and over again. I will always stop to watch Roy play the last hole of the US Open. I keep hoping that at least once he'll choose to lay up but each time it never fails that he reaches out his hand to his caddy Romeo asking for another ball. Oh, and can we all agree that shanking the ball on the range is absolutely mortifying? At least now I know to double knot my left shoelace and put a tee behind my left ear to fix all my problems.
Is there a more iconic golf movie? I went back and forth between Tin Cup and Caddyshack but at the end of the day when I think of golf cinema, my mind goes straight to Carl Spackler, those goofy golfers, and one determined, grounds-destroying gopher. After spending countless hours at golf courses, very rarely does a day go by that I don't hear someone paying homage to this movie. It supplied us with multiple quotes and laughs to fuel our golf matches for a lifetime. This movie isn't going anywhere fast-- and golfers will be saying "So what? Let's dance." for years to come.
P.s. Can we take a moment to acknowledge that Keene Trace's course superintendent is also named Carl? Could it be more perfect?
Honorable Mention: Seven Days in Utopia
If you haven't seen this movie, I highly suggest watching it-- especially for younger golfers who have high aspirations for their golf game. This movie tackles what it feels like to be embarrassed by the game of golf. It walks you through the life events after a young, talented golfer has a public meltdown in his first big break on tour. This movie will teach you a lesson on being humble, something I think we can all benefit from once in a while. It's a short movie, at just under an hour and a half, and I think it's worth a shot if you haven't already seen it.