Jul
26
2010
The 30-Year Anniversary of Golf’s Greatest Cinderella Story
By Merf under Humor

The infamous Bushwood Country Club was first introduced to us with the theatrical release of Caddyshack on July 25, 1980. To commemorate the 30-year anniversary of quoting Bill Murray lines from Caddyshack, PGATour.com checked up on the current status of Bushwood Country Club.

While the fictional club was spawned from writer Brian Doyle-Murray’s days as a caddie during his youth at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Ill., Bushwood is actually Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie, Fla.

But 30 years ago, the soon-to-be face of the moon was known as Rolling Hills Golf Club.

Perhaps the most famous connection to the golf course is the explosion scene during the climax of the movie when Murray’s Spackler attempts to destroy his nemesis, the gopher, by blowing up the gopher holes throughout the course.

As the story goes, the explosions were not approved by the owners of the club, who were constantly lurking in the background to make sure the course was not damaged. The producers of the movie managed to convince the owners to attend an off-site meeting, however, and while they were gone … boom went the golf course.

The explosions were so dramatic that a pilot landing at nearby Fort Lauderdale Airport reported them to the tower, suspecting a plane had crashed.

Here’s the original boom goes the dynamite:

And here is pretty much the rest of the movie.