Caddyshack, Caddyshack II, The Greatest Game Ever Played, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Tin Cup, Seven Days in Utopia, and Happy Gilmore. These are the golf movies I have seen so far. I am not sure which one is my favorite, but I can definitively say it is not Caddyshack II. I can narrow it down to Tin Cup and Caddyshack as my favorites. I have quoted these movies the most for sure.
These movies always seem to make the golf portions a bit hokey. That being said, I do have some things about Tin Cup that get to me even though I love the movie. Many of my issues deal with the climactic final hole in the fictional US Open. Let’s get to my nitpicks below.
- I think any golfer would agree that it is ridiculous that Kevin Costner’s character (Roy McAvoy) lands a three wood pin high and it has enough spin to come back of the green into the water. I will remind you this is in the US Open!!! The greens are not exactly like the Bob Hope.
- Earlier in the movie, McAvoy has a contest with Don Johnson’s character (David Simms). The contest is who can hit a seven iron farther. McAvoy estimates his shot went over 220 yards. Well, that final shot with a three wood would have been no problem since it was about 260. He should have been able to hit his three iron.
- When he bets McCord that he can get the ball on the green from next to the porta-john the ball only gets to the fringe, but McCord pays anyway.
- Once Roy pulls the ball out of the cup and chucks it into the pond people rush the green and jump in after it. I guess there is no thought of sportsmanship since Simms needed to finish the hole himself.
These don’t take away from my enjoyment of the movie, but it makes me wonder about how plausibility is defined in movies.
Anyway, what is your favorite golf movie? Let me know in the comments.