5. Greatest Game Ever Played. This movie makes you proud to be an American. The fact that Shia ‘I cry in my mug shots’ LaBeouf and his chubby, little caddy are able to take down the greasy European greats on home soil is pretty cool. Would have liked to hear a little more banter between the Europeans and Americans and some Revolutionary War jokes, but you can’t win ‘em all (unless you’re America in a war, BOOM nailed it).
4. Tin Cup. Alcoholic/trailer trash/mental-midget Kevin Costner plus Cheech, from Cheech and Chong, on the golf course is a recipe for success in this all-time great golf flick. Low key every golfer dreams about living in a trailer on a beat up driving range, hustling rich golfers for money (or maybe that’s just me). From beating people with a shovel, to breaking every club in his bag, to ripping a million shots in the water on the last hole of the US Open, you have to respect Roy McAvoy’s compete level. I would have probably just taken the drop but that’s why I don’t have a cult-classic movie about me.
3. Legend of Bagger Vance. The ultimate golf comeback story (pending Tiger’s inevitable return on the Champion’s Tour). Junuh (definitely had to Google how to spell his stupid name) was the best golfer in Savannah when the war starts and he goes off to fight for our freedom. But his army buddies all get killed in the war, he starts drinking alone, kind of a lot, and his golf game goes to shit. Then out of nowhere Homeless Will Smith shows up dressed head to toe in Kanye’s newest clothing line and decides to fix Junuh’s head. Things go really well and he’s tied on the final hole, so what does Junuh do? Calls a penalty on himself like a clown and ends up in a three-way tie. Love this movie, love sportsmanship in the game, but dude, stop being such a tryhard and take the win.
2. Caddy Shack. I know I’m going to catch some shit for not putting this number one, but I have to keep true to my love of vintage Sandler. Growing up carrying a golf bag for 12 years gave me a huge appreciation for this movie. Nothing beats the prestige of winning the caddy tournament except for maybe bagging a rich member's smoke show granddaughter. I am also 100 percent positive that Carl Spackler is my spirit animal, smashing flowers pretending he’s in the masters, watching older women from afar while stroking the ball wash machine, and telling stories about the Llama that for sure maybe didn’t happen. And for those who were wondering, the Swannies hats do in fact come with a free bowl of soup.
1. Happy Gilmore. This is by far the most quotable movie of all time. I know Mike appreciates me yelling “You’re never going to get off that beach…. you JACKASS” when he is playing in the sand most of his round. You can’t beat Adam Sandler in his prime competing with one of the best movie villains, Shooter McGavin (Fun fact: you can hire Shooter to show up at your next party, maybe he shouldn’t have blown all his money on drugs, women and stupid ass sweater vests). Not only is this a feel good story about a washed up hockey player that finds his true calling in pro golf, it’s also proof that not all Subway spokespeople are horrible individuals. Happy Gilmore was the epitome of a Swannies golfer; he had a blast on the course and didn’t have a huge ass or wear goofy shorts. Gold jacket or green jacket, this is one of the best movies of all time.
- Drew Cook (Brand Ambassador)