Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Masters Week: Favorite Golfing Movies

There is a time in April where the golf tournament in Augusta, GA takes center stage and I always think about playing golf. The Masters, as it is called, is the first major PGA event of the year. 120 of the world's best golfers square off to fight it out to be the best in the world for that weekend. Once it is over though, I start to think about golfing and all the movies that I loved to watch when I was playing... Without further ado, here are my top 5...

Tin Cup - The story of the down and out almost tour pro making an unbelievable run at a US Open title. Kevin Costner is at his best in this one and the one liners with the entire cast are just fun. If you haven't seen it, it's worth the watch.

Legend of Bagger Vance - Will Smith and Matt Damon take an otherwise slow and painful story line and add a bit of fun an interest to this epic film. As much as it isn't about golf, the lessons it teaches are very much a part of the game, and life.

Caddyshack - This is the classic, well, I can't say that anymore since most places have had caddies replaced by electric carts, but in the 70's and 80's, kids were caddies. The golf course hired them for the summer and they would tote bags for all the golfers and take care of the course for the greens keeper. It was a great life. Caddyshack captures the eventful summer from beginning to end with amazing humor and amazing performances from Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield. 

The Greatest Game Ever Played - Disney didn't spare much on this one. You probably missed the 2 weeks that it was in theaters a while back, but it is a great flick for the family. Not only do you have golfing fun, but it's a great story line for kids too. Definitely worth the trip to a Redbox or adding it to your Netflix watch list. 

Dead Solid Perfect - This Randy Quaid film is not one that got much in the way of press or a chance in theaters. Face it, golf is boring enough to watch on TV, why would anyone want to watch 2 hours of it on the big screen? Well, a stellar acting performance should be enough to get most dramatic fans involved. Quaid is more like Dennis in this one that Randy, and that is a great thing! Dead Solid Perfect may be tough to find, unless you watch TBS on weekends when they show golf tournaments or you happen to snag it in the $1 DVD bin at a Wal-Mart near you.

So, if you are jonesing for a good golf flick, check these out. If you would rather come out and play, send me an email and we can hit the course soon!

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