When it comes to American comedy, Bill Murray is one of the first names that come to mind. The (no longer) kids of the 1980s remember him mostly as Dr. Peter Venkman, ghostbuster. Golf addicts, however, immediately think of his Carl Spackler from “Golf Ball.”
Well, the second role is perhaps the one closest to Bill Murray’s true story. Indeed, the master of comedy is not only a golf addict, but also a former caddie. And, in a sense, “Golf Ball” is its own story.
Those summers at the Indian Hill Club…
In 2015, Bill Murray and his four brothers officially entered the Western Golf Association’s “Caddie Hall of Fame.” The association aims to promote caddying in many ways, one of which is to reward outstanding figures who carry on those same values. Who better, then, than the Murray brothers, who know all too well the joys and sorrows of this work?
When he was a young boy, Bill spent much of the summer at a golf club in Winnetka, Illinois, in the company of his brothers. The five boys were not there to vacation, but to serve club guests in the role of caddie. This was something of a family tradition, as his father had also spent long summers working as a caddie at the Edgewater Golf Club in Chicago.
Perhaps there are no great stories to tell about those summers at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka-Bill and the brothers were just kids and there to work, after all. They are unlikely to have experienced who knows what great novel adventures. Still, thatexperience must have been decisive in the growth of all five of them if they continue to love golf and promote caddying in every way.
This emerges particularly from Bill Murray’s filmography.
“Golf Ball” is a true story (more or less).
What if we told you that the celebrated play “Golf Ball” is a true story? Okay, maybe not quite “real” in the literal sense of the word. Let’s say it is a fictionalized retelling of a true story, namely that of one of Bill Murray’s older brothers, Ed Murray.
In case you haven’t seen it, the film chronicles the surreal adventures that take place among the greens at Bushwood Country Club. At the center of these is Danny Noonan, who works as a caddie to raise the money needed to enroll in college. In between clients, the young man tries to gain favor with the club’s co-founder so he can gain access to a caddie scholarship program.
In the background, neurotic gardener Carl Spackler tries to kill the mole that is ruining all the grass.
This is the true story of Ed Murray as seen by his brother Brian Doyle-Murray, author of the screenplay. Net of all-too-smart moles, budding champions flailing, enriched, sinking boats, of course. Yet, you can bet that even the most absurd situations have a kernel of truth, since all the characters in the play are inspired by real people.
Always on the side of the caddies
“Golf Ball” reflects the spirit of the caddie summers of Bill Murray and siblings, although it does allow some license on the facts. “Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” aims to remedy this small shortcoming, starting with the true stories of a group of Irish caddies and coming to caddie interviews of the great champions.
Who better to be the narrator of these incredible stories than Bill Murray?
In between stories, Bill also tells about his experience as a caddie and how it helped him grow. Above all, it makes an exciting portrait of those who are more than just office bearers. Regardless of whether they are also ghostbusters or not.