We’re teeing off with 10 great golf movies. Whether you love the game as a real test of skill, nerves and control or if you think it’s an elitist sport with not enough action we hope we can still find you a golf movie to suit you. Whether you want to know about the sport’s origins, see stories of underdogs winning out the day, or just something to make you laugh we’ve got it all covered here.
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Based on a real story, working-class caddy Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) dreams of one day playing the game for himself on America’s elite golf courses, but is held back by class prejudice. In a true underdog’s tale, Ouimet enters the 1913 US Open to pit his skills against his boyhood idol, Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane). A great character study movie – one of the best golf movies, don’t miss it!
Director: Bill Paxton
Pat and Mike (1952)
Pat Pemberton (Katharine Hepburn) is a talented golfer who plays well in every match – except that is, until her loving but condescending fiancé Collier Weld (William Ching) turns up, and her game goes to pot. Sports manager Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy) can see he needs to keep them apart, but at the same time starts falling for her too…
Director: George Cukor
Tommy’s Honour (2016)
Set in Scotland in the 1860s, father and son Tom and Tommy Morris (Peter Mullen and Jack Lowden) are pioneers in a newly evolving sport, and using their skill, guile and business acumen, begin to found the modern styles, rules and conventions of golf. A fascinating look at the origins of today’s game.
Director: Jason Connery
The Caddy (1953)
In one of the best comedy golf films, Harvey Miller (Jerry Lewis) is a talented golfer who’s expected to follow in the footsteps of his famous golf pro father – there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of crowds. Taking up as an instructor, he meets Joe Anthony (Dean Martin), but their comically quarrelsome nature turns out to be much better suited to show business…
Director: Norman Taurog
The best comedy golf movie ever made? The film ostensibly follows teenager Danny Noonan (Michael O’Keefe), who starts work as a caddy at a snobby country club to help raise money for college. But with so many of the top comedians of the time involved (including Bill Murray and Chevy Chase), Caddyshack turns into a slapstick classic.
Director: Harold Ramis
The Man with the Perfect Swing (1995)
After feeling like he’s failed at everything in life, in a stroke of genius Anthony ‘Babe’ Lombardo (James Black) invents the perfect golf swing that he believes will revolutionise the game. Winning Best Film at the 1995 Austin Film Festival, the movie also stars golfing great Greg Norman in a cameo.
Director: Michael Hovis
From the Rough (2013)
An inspirational documentary movie based on the real-life story of Catana Starks (Taraji P. Henson), a swim coach for Tennessee State University, who becomes the first woman in US history to coach a men’s collegiate golf team. But she’ll face plenty of hazards along the way in terms of battling sexism, low funding and conflicts among her own players.
Director: Pierre Bagley
Tin Cup (1996)
Rebellious golfer Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) had the potential to have been a PGA star, but instead now works as an instructor. When Molly Griswold (Rene Russo), the girlfriend of his old rival David Simms (Don Johnson) turns up needing lessons, McAvoy not only starts falling for her but also decides to have one last shot at the big time again.
Director: Ron Shelton
Happy Gilmore (1996)
We couldn’t have a golf movies list without this classic. Shaking up the notoriously stuffy world of golf, hockey player Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) joins a golf tournament to try and win enough money for his grandmother to buy the home she’s about to lose. With his unbelievably powerful ‘hockey-style’ drive, Happy becomes a golf hero, much to the displeasure of the snooty golf pros.
Director: Dennis Dugan
It’s not technically a movie, but a new two-part character study docu-film delving into the extraordinary life, mind-blowing sporting successes and outrageous scandals of arguably the greatest, and certainly the most famous golfer in the world: ‘Tiger’ Woods. From golfing superstar to public villain, to one of the greatest ever comebacks in the 2019 Masters.
Directors: Matthew Heineman & Matthew Hamachek
This list has some of the best golf movies in our opinion and hopefully, this has got you in the swing for watching some more great golf films. Agree? Disagree? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment on our socials.