It used to be a game for a gentleman, but at some point, it turned into an outing for guys to get together, get drunk, and storm across the field in a golf cart. We all love golf, perhaps, we all don't enjoy watching it on television as much as we do physically playing it--there's something completely peaceful about it at the end of the day. It's a test of man's will and concentration, out there, staring down a goal with obstacles in his way. Golf is a metaphor for life.
Since we love golf as much as the next person we thought we'd put together a list of our favorite golf movies (in no particular order):
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Released in the Fall of 2000, and directed by actor Robert Redford, The Legend of Bagger Vance is a mythical fairy-tale about man's need to have confidence. Set in the Depression-era South, Bagger Vance finds a wealthy female socialite assembling a collection of the best golfers in the world to compete in a special tournament. Ranulph Junuh, played by actor Matt Damon, a once former great golfer gets an invite to play and through his lack of confidence, he meets a caddy--Bagger Vance (played by actor Will Smith)--who reminds him what it takes to be the best.
Released in 1980, and featuring an amazing up-and-coming comedic all-star cast in the wake of the launch of Saturday Night Live, Caddyshack is about a nerdy caddy who takes up residence at a prestigious Country Club so that he can raise a few bucks to help him along on his college path. Hi-jinks ensue, and tensions arise when one of the more affluent members of the Country Club partakes in a golf tournament.
Tin Cup (1996)
Washed up former golf pro-Roy McAvoy (played by actor Kevin Costner) has taken up to giving lessons out to those who have the money to spare. A student, Dr. Molly Griswold (played by actress Rene Russo), who just so happens to be the girlfriend of the best PGA player in the league, and Ray's former rival, secretly roots for him to make a comeback against her boyfriend after he makes fun of him at a celebrity outing. It might be the best golf movie ever made.
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
Released to little fanfare in 2004, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius is the true story of now-legendary golfer Bobby Jones, who rose to fame quickly in the early part of the 20th Century with his memorable personality and penchant for winning. Some are meant to win on the field and not win in life, and Jones certainly was an example of such.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
When Adam Sandler was funny! Happy Gilmore, a wanna-be hockey player with anger-management issues gets enlisted to play hockey in a time when he must help raise some money to save his grandmother's house from being sold. Sandler, an all-star cast, which includes a young Julie Bowen (ABC's Modern Family), sparkle here amidst a wonderfully-written and very funny screenplay that features Sandler going a few rounds with The Price is Right television host Bob Barker. "The price is wrong, bitch."
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