Ladies and Gentleman, may we present, the winner of the 2104 Golf Comedy Classic Aaaarrrooon Wolfffff! Yes people, The Wolf took home the ‘ship for the Wolf Pack this past weekend in Palm Springs, California. This week’s blog post is inspired by golf cinema and dedicated to my Dad who loves the game. Yes, it’s a real genre, and we will take you through HWP’s top five golf classics. Birdies, Eagles, Mulligans, Oh My!
1. Caddyshack (1980)
Some of the greatest comedic actors star in the movie Caddyshack. The late Harold Ramis directed this 1980’s film featuring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray. It was actually Ramis’s first feature film. Caddyshack tells the story of an upscale golf club where wealthy members go to golf and party. This movie is an all time classic and there are so many great memorable quotes. “What brings you to this nape of the woods, neck of the wape ...Stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball." We highly recommend you watching this movie because it’s so unforrreeegetable. Plus, watching Bill Murray try and go after that gopher never gets old. (Freeze GOPHER)!
2. Happy Gilmore (1996)
Happy Gilmore (1996) tells the story of a not so successful hockey player (Adam Sandler) who uses his hidden talent for golf to save his grandmothers house. When we think of 90’s Adam Sandler, HG comes to mind. You have to like Sandler to be able to understand the humor and appreciate it. Many great scenes come to mind like the fight between Happy and Bob Barker and seeing Sandler and Ben Stiller act together. Although the film was a commercial success, the critics gave it a rating of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, many people (including us) love watching Happy Gilmore to this day and consider it a Sandler classic.
3. Tin Cup (1996)
What happens when you mix romance, Kevin Costner and golf? You get the 1996 feature, Tin Cup. Alongside Costner, this movie stars Rene Russo, Don Johnson, and Cheech Marin. Roy 'Tin cup' McAvoy (Costner) is an old golf pro who owns a driving range in Texas. Roy tries to win the heart of an old golf partner’s girlfriend (Russo) by joining the US Open. We love this movie; it’s a perfect mixture of romance, comedy, and sports. For some reason, my Dad loves this movie and I can remember watching it with him. He was a huge Costner fan, huge. Costner and golf - my Dad was set.
4. Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Matt Damon, Will Smith, and Charlize Theron star in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), directed by Robert Redford and based on the 1995 book that shares the same title. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) plays an army veteran who becomes deeply distraught when his entire company gets killed at war. Although he earns a Medal of Honor, Junuh returns to Savannah Georgia where he was first an up-and-coming golfer and competes in a golf match hosted by his former love. The film received mixed reviews for its controversial tone. Well, you know what they say, different strokes for different folks (Golf Joke). Time Magazine referred to it as one of the most “embarrassing” films of recent years because of the way it portrayed African Americans. Although this film received mixed reviews, we love its heart- warming touch. It’s definitely not our favorite golf movie, but worth watching.
5. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
This biographical sports film is based on the life of golf legend Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf). Ouimet comes from a working class family and golf in those days was strictly played by only the wealthy and affluent. Ouimet took a job (against his father’s wishes) as a caddy at the local country club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ouimet always grew up interested in golf and it was his natural talent that secured his spot as the first amateur in the U.S. Open. The chemistry between the cast is infectious, and the filmmakers did an excellent job capturing the early 1900’s. I would say this movie is on “par” with all the other golf classics.
HWP is proud of The Tin Wolf for taking home the win this year at the GCC. He came to Palm Springs just a wolf in sheep’s clothing and left as the Legend of Howling Wolf. If you would like to see some of the Wolf’s golf bloopers, click here.