The Best Golf Documentaries

By Ryan Watson

 

The game of golf is full of so many good stories, man of which are untold. The world of golf documentaries is small but still manages to provide brilliant insights into the sport we all love. The following are GolfLink's list of the best golf documentaries.



The Back Nine 


This documentary looks at whether an amateur golfer can play professional golf after turning 40. Armed with the best mental, fitness, and golf coaches out there, the journey is an enthralling one that dares to ask “what is possible?”



The Short Game 


This documentary looks at the largely unknown world of youth golf. The film follows a group of 7-8 year old golfers as they compete in the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. The documentary is currently distributed by Netflix. 



Seve the Movie


Seve Ballesteros is a former world number 1 who came from very humble beginnings. Seve the Movie tracks the remarkable journey Ballesteros took to professional golf as the son of a farm laborer who nevertheless turned professional at age 16. 



Uneven Fairways: The Story of the Negro Leagues of Golf


Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this documentary looks at the African Americans who played at the highest level at a time when they were barred from the PGA. Instead, these golfers were a part of the United Golf Association, known as the “Negro Leagues” of golf. 



Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk


This documentary looks at the history of golf’s most overlooked participant: caddies. Beginning with their history in Scotland and ending with the caddies of the PGA Tour, this film gives a broad overview of many of the unseen facets of golf. 



The Founders


The film chronicles the lives of the 13 women who founded the LPGA during the 1940s. Despite enormous backlash, the women fought back against the sexism of the day in order to raise the profile of women’s golf. A great and often-overlooked story that is artfully told with interviews and archival footage. 
 

 

About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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