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How to Play the Real Caddyshack Movie Course on Your Florida Golf Vacation

by Craig Better

Apr82012

florida-golf-vacation-caddyshack-movie-4Part of being a golfer is having the uncontrollable urge to recite lines from the Caddyshack movie whenever remotely relevant, but did you know you can play the real-life “Bushwood Country Club” on a Florida golf vacation, even though it’s a private course?

It’s true, and the proof is in these photos, taken by the editors of Golf Odyssey during one of the anonymous, “secret shopper” inspections they regularly make at golf courses and resorts worldwide. 

(If you’d like my full review and all my insider tips on visiting Grande Oaks Golf Club, you can get them now in the free guide below.)

When the 1980 Caddyshack movie was being made, the golf course that played Bushwood was actually public layout called Rolling Hills. It’s now a private course called Grande Oaks Golf Club (owned by Nova Southeastern University), but the editors were able to gain access to it — easily — while researching Florida golf vacations in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

Despite the format and ownership changes (not to mention the passage of time), they say that the golf course and clubhouse will be, “instantly recognizable to Caddyshack movie fans.” (See for yourself below. The last photo is the famous over-water approach to the 18th green).

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And here’s the best part: even if you don’t know any members of Grande Oaks, there are a few ways you can get onto the course during a Florida golf vacation, the easiest of which is by staying at any one of five area hotels.

Which hotels? I can’t give away all the secrets contained in How to Play the Real Life Caddyshack Golf Course …Even Though it’s Private, but you can access this free guide below.

The guide also reveals how much it costs to play the course, what to expect from the design and hazards, the most memorable holes, dining recommendations nearby, the only time outside play is restricted, and details about the warm hospitality and personalized service you’ll receive as a guest at Grande Oaks (such as an engraved nameplate on your locker).

Indeed, the editors admit: “While you can play better courses on a Florida golf vacation, you may not be treated better.”

Personally, I’d take a Florida golf vacation to play this course even if they said it was a self-service goat track. In terms of being a golf shrine, I think it ranks up there with Augusta National, but it’s a course we mere mortals might actually be able to play.

So, it’s got that going for it, which is nice.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 John H. April 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Guys, WOW .. how do you come up with theses ideas! Outstanding! The pics are nice BUT not the ones where all the action happened in the movie… Anyway you can get pics of Bill Murray’s house/shed, the Baby Ruth pool, actual Caddy Shack, private bar room, dining room, entrance to clubhouse where Spalding threw up into the Doc’s Porsche and of course the Green where the Archbishop was hit by lightning. Great find ! thx

2 David B. April 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

No problem. Visiting Grand Oaks is like walking through a Hollywood set – particularly in the clubhouse and proshop. For outings, they even turn the place into “Bushwood” with lots of fun cutouts, signs and posters.

3 Craig B. April 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thanks, John. I read that some of the scenes you mentioned (pool, dining room, etc.) were filmed at different locations (Plantation CC; Boca Raton Hotel & Club). The golf course scenes, however, were shot at Rolling Hills, now Grande Oaks.

4 CEOgolfshop April 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Showed up at Grande Oaks today on the wrong day for my tournament. But guess what was going on? The Bushwood CC invitational. It was hilarious both my mistake and the decorations. I’m sure if you asked, you could play this tournament.

5 David Cripe April 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I got to play Rolling Hills back in the late 80′s when I lived in Ft. Lauderdale. Isn’t it true though that the part of BUSHWOOD that Carl blew up was actually a 9 hole course that was along University between it and the 18 hole course where all the other golf scenes were filmed? If I remember right there were alot of “BOMB” craters along the drive back to clubhouse ( this area now looks like it has a bunch of houses on it)

6 Rick Z April 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Had the pleasure of playing a 4 man scamble tournament when it was Rolling Hills. There is no doubt when you set foot on the grounds that this is Bushwood. They didnt have the Bushwood invitational then but you can bet we all played the part.
I dont think a team shot well that day, but I can assure you we never had more fun on a golf course.

7 Bryan Hall April 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

We’re going to the Orlando area for a week this summer, is “Bushwood” in that vicinity? I’d love to make the trip, if it’s not too far off the mark!

8 Craig Better April 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

Grande Oaks is in Davie, Fla. (near Ft. Lauderdale) which is about 3.5 hours from Orlando. So, not really in the “vicinity,” but in my opinion, worth the trip.

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