With the Masters quickly approaching, it’s time to get into the Masters spirit. Here at Superior Executive Services, we don’t have to do much to do this because, well, we’re always in the spirit. But to help you get in the mood, we thought we would share some classic golf movies that speak to the golfer in all of us.
This is arguably the greatest and most quoted golf movie of all time. What makes it so great? Prime Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Bob Barker, long-drives, unorthodox swings, 5-iron chips, and so much more. Even for people who have never golfed, this movie is a favorite, which says something. It’s so influential that it’s hard to watch golfers, even professionals, play around at a driving range and not see one or two try the famous Happy Gilmore swing.
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Among the many lessons of this movie, one of the greatest, especially for those unfamiliar with professional golf, is the importance of a caddie. They don’t just carry the clubs and whatever else the golfer needs. No, caddies are coaches. They help keep the golfers swing in check, stay mentally cool, and be the voice of reason. All of this is exemplified in the 2000 golf classic, The Legend of Bagger Vance. Apart from the stellar drama and, this classic is worth watching just based on the cast alone—Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron are among the top-billed actors.
Starring Kevin Costner who plays a role that has often been compared to something in between John Daly and Phil Mickelson, this golf flick is full of action, professional golfer cameos, and go-for-it-all golfing. Also, the banter between Kevin Costner’s character and Cheech Marin’s character, Romeo, provides some hearty laughs. If you haven’t seen this one yet, it’s definitely worth checking out.
The Greatest Game Ever Played
What makes this golf flick so spectacular is the fact that it is largely based on truth. Francis Ouimet, played by Shia LaBeouf, became the first amateur to win the U.S. Open. Ouimet’s story is quite inspiring. He was raised by an immigrant family, became a caddie at the age of 11, defied all odds, and beat some of the greatest golfers of all time, earning him the title, “Father of Amateur Golf”.
You would be pressed to find a list of golf movies that did not include this timeless classic. Starring legendary comics and actors like Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray, this comedic golf film is simply perfect. Not only does it have relatable characters and a hilarious plot, but the fact that much of the film was improvised by some legendary funny people makes it that much better. It’s basically the Masters of the comedy world.
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