Arguing over the best golf movies of all time is like arguing over the best hole-in-one; they’re all pretty awesome. Everyone has their own opinions and sentimental connections to certain films, but if someone values a movie that doesn’t make our own list, we usually just assume they have poor taste.
Here’s my top 3. Feel free to judge.
3. Happy Gilmore
This was easily one of my favorite movies growing up, and was one of Sandler’s first roles that made him a big name in entertainment. The film is hilarious, and that is not up for debate. In fact, Happy’s nemesis, Shooter McGavin, lives on through rude comments via Twitter.
The film also features cameos by Bob Barker and golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino.
Most importantly though, the film gave rise to the infamous hockey stick putter, and the iconic Happy Gilmore swing. If you’ve ever been to a relatively empty driving range and had a couple drinks with your friends, you’ve probably given this a try at one point or another- and likely failed tremendously.
Padraig Harrington actually uses the swing as a training aid, helping him improve his timing, power, and hand-eye coordination. Seriously.
And he absolutely crushes the ball, a la Happy Gilmore. Take a look here:
2. Tin Cup
This is just your classic underdog story. Driving range pro Roy McAvoy, played by Kevin Costner, comes from out of nowhere (well, actually West Texas) to qualify for the US Open. His go-for-broke style of play strikes a common chord with the weekend golfer, never laying up, and almost always finding trouble.
Cheech Marin also stars in the film as Roy’s caddy, Romeo Posar, and constantly tries to get him to play the smart shot. Additionally, Rene Russo, playing the part of Dr. Molly Griswold, is swept off her feet the by the swearing, scrappy, all-or-nothing protagonist. The film ends as Roy, against his caddies wishes, goes for a par-5 in two repeatedly and eventually holes our for the most memorable 12 in the history of golf.
This film also has a slew of PGA pros making appearance, such as Phil Mickelson, Gary McCord, and Johnny Miller. Besides simply being a great golf movie, it might also be one of the best romantic comedies of all time as well.
As I stated earlier, there is no way to argue to greatest golf movie of all time. However, we can all agree that it is Caddyshack. Here are some of my top quotes from this movie:
- “Judge Smails: You know, you should play with Dr. Beeper and myself. I mean, he’s been club champion for three years running and I’m no slouch myself. Ty Webb: Don’t sell yourself short Judge, you’re a tremendous slouch.”
- “Ty Webb: I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.”
- “Carl Spackler: This crowd has gone deadly silent, a Cinderella story outta nowhere. Former greenskeeper and now about to become the masters champion.”
- “Judge Smails: I’ve sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn’t want to do it. I felt I owed it to them.”
- “Ty Webb: Remember Danny – Two wrongs don’t make a right but three rights make a left.”
- “Danny Noonan: I planned to go to law school after I graduated, but it looks like my folks won’t have enough money to put me through college. Judge Smails: Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too. “
- “Spalding Smails: I want a hamburger. No, cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake. I want potato chips [gets cut off by Judge Smails] Judge Smails: You’ll get nothing, and like it!