Don’t bother looking for “Tin Cup”, “Happy Gilmore” or “The Legend of Bagger Vance” — not on Netflix. The golf offerings are limited. Extremely limited. There are three options on the streaming service giant: “Caddyshack”, “Caddyshack II” and “The Short Game”, an award-winning documentary about about 7- and 8-year-old golfers. The film tells the story of the kids competing in the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.
No introduction needed for the other two: “Caddyshack” and “Caddyshack II”. The original with Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray is widely considered the greatest golf movie of all time. Par for the course, the sequel wasn’t as good — no Dangerfield as Al Czervik is a huge loss.
I don’t think the best golf movie of all-time has been made, yet. What’s the main problem with golf movies? Stiff golf swings that don’t even pass as decent. Perhaps one day a good player with a solid, smooth swing will get a lead role. Or maybe Hollywood will use their Avatar-technology to make the lead character’s the golf swing look like Adam Scott.
In “Tin Cup”, there’s the famous “longest seven-iron bet” scene. Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy played by Kevin Costner wagers his car and loses to David Simms, played by Don Johnson. McAvoy goes first and allegedly toes a seven iron 227 yards. No way in hell he’s hitting a three-iron 227 with that straight-jacket golf swing.
Another horrid golf swing belongs to Christopher McDonald as Shooter McGavin in the funny, but ridiculous “Happy Gilmore”. McGavin’s laughable swing is on full display at 2:29. It’s awful and certainly has all golf purists cringing. The list goes on, the golf swings belonging to “The Legend of Bagger Vance” stars Will Smith and Matt Damon are mediocre, at best.
It will happen one day. There will be a well-written golf movie script and the actors will have loose, fundamentally sound golf swings.