What is golf without "Caddyshack"?
It's a difficult concept to even contemplate given how much the cult classic has been part of the fabric of the game since its debut 30 years ago this week (read Kate Meyers' in-depth look at the film from the May 2004 issue of Golf Digest).
That "Caddyshack" opened to weak reviews is now irrelevant, as evidenced by the conversations of countless golfers across the country -- from partners coaxing each other to "Be the ball"; to mock reminders that "gambling is illegal at Bushwood"; to even the occasional heckle of "Noonan" when an opponent is standing over a putt (fortunately, for obvious reasons, the film's influence hasn't been as pronounced at the professional level).
And of course, there is always the clip below, featuring Bill Murray as Bushwood's dim-witted assistant greenskeeper. You can take Nicklaus in '86, or Tiger in '97. There may be no more riveting performance in the history of golf than Carl Spackler taking apart a flower bed.
-- Sam Weinman