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Golf on the Silver Screen

Golf has a rich relationship with the screen. The sport has crossed many genres of film from biopics to comedy, and has even played a major part in the spy genre. This year saw the release of Tommy’s Honour, a biopic that told the story of one of golf’s pioneers Tommy Morris. In this post we look at four very different portrayals of golf on the silver screen.

Golf on the Silver Screen

Caddyshack (1980)

Caddyshack comes at the top of most lists when talking about the best films about golf. Film magazine Empire put Caddyshack at the number one spot on their list noting that the chaotic plot was inspired by the actual caddying experiences of the film’s writer, and Bill Murray’s older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray. The film is considered a comedy classic with Bill Murray stealing the film as the gopher hating groundskeeper. An interesting fact is that Murray’s role was only supposed to be a cameo. The director was so impressed with Murray that he asked him to stay longer.

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

This golf biopic was based on the early life of Francis Ouimet. Ouimet was the first amateur golfer to win the US Open and he is played in the film by Shia LaBeouf. The film accurately shows a period in golf’s history where it was considered a sport purely for the wealthy. Ouimet overcame a great deal of prejudice to become the “father of amateur golf”.

The Greatest Game Ever Played was directed by the late great Bill Paxton. In an interview with film site IGN, Paxton admitted that he had been unaware of the story of Francis Ouimet and that he wanted to show audiences this watershed moment in US golf.

Family Guy (1999 – present)

The obsession that surrounds golf has often been used as material by comedy shows. The popular cartoon Family Guy has had several scenes that poke fun at the sport. One scene in particular will be recognizable to any golfer who has taken a rookie on a golf course for the first time. The scene shows Peter Griffin trying to explain the rules of the game to his wife. Sports news site CBS Sports called it: “ a pretty accurate depiction of how golfers and their significant others, respectively, feel about golf.”

Family Guy is famous for poking fun at popular pastimes. Like golf, the appeal of the program reaches far beyond its origin and it has a mass following across many platforms including online gaming site Slingo who have their own Family Guy slots game. It is fair to say that while Family Guy is much funnier than golf, the sport has a much wider appeal worldwide.

Goldfinger (1964)

Arguably the most iconic golf scene on the silver screen is not from a film about golf, but a James Bond film. Goldfinger, the third Bond in the series, has a famous scene that pits Bond against his enemy Auric Goldfinger on the golf course. Bond memorably beats Goldfinger by using his cheating against him – “strict rules of golf”. Sean Connery is well known for his love of golf. Yet he had very little interest in golf before the filming of Goldfinger. It was only through his preparation for the role that he fell in love with the sport. Connery was 34 when he played Bond in Goldfinger demonstrating that it is never too late to get hooked by golf. His son Jason continued his father’s fascination with golf through directing Tommy’s Honour.