Top 18… Golf scenes in the movies
Golf may be utterly pointless but it has inspired some of the greatest moments in movie history. Or in Caddyshack’s case, the greatest movie in movie history. With the Britsh Open getting underway this week at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Ross McG checks out the best cinematic birdies around. And there’s one for every hole on the golf course.
18. Caddyshack (1980) – The storm
Where else could we start but with Caddyshack, the Jack Nicklaus of golf movies. Bill Murray caddies for the bishop as he plays the round of his life. Until he meets a bolt out of the blue on the final green, that is.
17. The Sweetest Thing (2002)
An awful, awful movie, but watching Jason Bateman and Thomas Jane drill balls at the guy in the ball-collecting truck on the driving range is always fun.
16. Jackass: The Movie (2002)
What would you do if Johnny Knoxville and co kept blowing an air-horn as you were teeing off? Tee-off into them? Yep, that’s what this guy does.
15. Tin Cup (1996) – The 7-iron bet
Never mess with Don Johnson. Kevin Costner learns that to his cost in this wager from the best golfing movie to come out in 1996. Seriously, there are loads of them.
14. Goldfinger (1964)
Goldfinger? They should have called this movie, ‘Golf-finger’. See what I did there? All Bond seems to do in this film is get kidnapped then play flipping golf. Great golf hat, though.
13. Happy Gilmore (1996)
Adam Sandler’s foray on to the golf course is hit and miss, but Bob Barker definitely hits the spot in this scene. And Sandler’s face.
12. I Love You, Man (2009)
Never, ever take a girl on a golf trip. Not even Tiger Woods would do that.
11. The Aviator (2004)
Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) gives Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) a lesson in putting. Whenever she shuts her mouth, that is. How can you play golf with her yammering all the time?
10. The Van (1996)
Some more earthy golf in this scene, as Colm Meaney gets sweary round the local pitch n’ putt.
9. Swingers (1996)
Ron Livingston and Jon Favreau talk Goofy and girls on their local golf course. The way they add up their scores at the end is genius.
8. Get Smart (2008)
Some more driving range fun, this time with Steve Carrell and the brilliant Alan Arkin. ‘Were you thinking, “Holy s**t, holy s**t, a swordfish almost went through my head”?’
7. Sideways (2004)
A sure-fire sign you’ve hit middle age? You start to enjoy the movie Sideways. Yep, I’m there, but I’m glad I’m not on the golf course with Paul Giamatti. That guy gets angry.
6. Lost In Translation (2003)
Bill Murray on the tee again, this time in Japan. I don’t really see what all the fuss with Sofia Coppola’s film is about, but this is a beautiful minute of cinema.
5. Navy Seals (1990)
This is just ridiculous. Charlie Sheen and the boys making the beach volleyball scene from Top Gun look positively heterosexual. With Jon Bon Jovi butchering Thin Lizzy in the background. It is so awful it’s great.
4. Carefree (1938)
Fred Astaire doesn’t need Jon Bon Jovi to pull off a great golf scene. All he needs are his feet.
3. Falling Down (1993)
It’s often forgotten how great an actor Michael Douglas is. Falling Down is his finest hour and here he sums up the utter futility of golf. With a shotgun.
2. Caddyshack (1980) – ‘So let’s dance!’
Not so much a movie as a collection of hilariously pointless, unconnected scenes thrown together in one running time, Caddyshack also made Rodney Dangerfield look funny. Here he shows off his dance moves. This is what we need to see more of from Rory McIlroy.
1. Tin Cup (1996) – ‘I can make it across.’
Costner’s Roy McAvoy (hmmm… whose name does that remind you of?) goes for broke at the US Open. Up there with Robert Redford hitting a baseball into that lighting rig in The Natural as one of the best sports movie endings ever
Special 19th hole award:
Pitch ‘n’ Putt with Beckett ‘n’ Joyce (2001)
What would happen if Samuel Beckett and James Joyce played a game of golf? It would be the funniest thing ever, that’s what. ‘No, not a Milky way, you arse, a Topic!’
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