Dream Golf: Anticipating the Movie Golf in the Kingdom

We’re eagerly waiting the release of the forthcoming movie Golf in the Kingdom, starring Malcolm McDowell, Frances Fisher, and Julian Sands, among others. If you watch the trailer below, we think you’ll be just as excited as us. What a stellar cast, and the setting is absolutely GORGEOUS. And it’s no wonder: The movie was primarily shot on location at Bandon Dunes, a British style “links” course on Oregon’s rugged coast.

Stephen Goodwin’s critically acclaimed book Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes is the first all-inclusive account of how golf enthusiast Mike Keiser turned his vision into one of America’s premiere golfing locations. Travel & Leisure Golf called the book “Fascinating … Any golfer interested in how things work will find it a worthy read”; Golf Today stated; “Go buy the book–it will make you go to Bandon Dunes for sure”; and Golfweek enthused, “What a pleasure when a good story lands in the hands of a good storyteller.” And as for all of us at Algonquin–we simply found it an absorbing read from start to finish. There’s something about seeing someone’s dream become a reality that inspires a sense of awe.

You can read an excerpt from Dream Golf on writer Stephen Goodwin’s site here. And be sure to also check out the New York Times feature on Golf in the Kingdom as well. Writer Charles McGrath notes, “The film was shot at Bandon Dunes, a golf resort in Oregon that looks more Scottish than much of Scotland.”

About the movie: En route to India in 1956 in search of enlightenment, a young American philosophy student – Michael Murphy – takes a Scottish detour to the “Links of Burningbush.” Seeking to enjoy one last round before giving up his beloved game, he is unexpectedly paired with the mysterious and mischievous golf pro – Shivas Irons. A wild adventure on and off the links ensues, where Murphy’s perception of golf and life are indelibly changed. Out of this transformation the two forge a deep and unbreakable bond of camaraderie.


5 Comments On This Post:

July 19, 2012
11:15 am
Hugh says...

The above video clip reminds me of many things. The young guy traveling from California, the message that seems to come from the clip that says “Lots of life comes from INSIDE”. . . Wow.

Pulls on such deep stirrings, hidden meanings inside meanings, inside plots, inside . . .

Like I said-“Wow”

Some of the viewers, if interested in the above clip, might also be able to relate to the following Golf Clip. Sometimes (like the clip above) life just throws some UNEXPECTED things at ya’ !-Not as serious as the clip above-but “unique”-nevertheless!




July 25, 2012
1:52 pm
Las Vegas Golf says...

This movie looks amazing. The Director of Photography did a great job capturing the scenes. I can only expect more fantastic and riveting scenes. I enjoy movies that use actors and actresses that are not well known….yet. This piece of cinema encapsulates the essence of golf. Now I have to pick up the book.

February 1, 2013
8:15 am
golf course GPS says...

Nice to see golf being portrayed in a more positive light. No need to depend on quirky personalities to create unnecessary drama for ratings. Thanks!

July 29, 2013
4:56 pm
Guy says...

Bandon Dunes is really a remarkable course. I didn’t know about it until I saw that trailer. Makes me want to go hit a round there whenever I’ll go to Oregon’s coast. There should be more golf movies filmed at different locations. This would make golfers discover more courses.

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