The movie was inspired by writer and co-star Brian Doyle-Murray's memories working as a caddy at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Illinois.
His brothers Bill and John Murray (production assistant and a caddy extra), and director Harold Ramis also had worked as caddies when they were teenagers.
Danny's putt leaves the ball hanging over the edge of the hole.
At that moment, Carl, in his latest attempt to kill the gopher, detonates a series of plastic explosives that he has rigged around the golf course.
Smails throws a putter away in frustration and accidentally injures a member of the club.
Danny takes responsibility for the incident, as a ploy to gain Smails' trust.
Expecting to be fired or to have the scholarship revoked, Danny is surprised when Smails only demands that he keeps the incident secret.
Danny often caddies for Ty Webb, a suave and talented golfer and the son of one of Bushwood's co-founders.Czervik continues to irritate Smails and the club members, while Danny becomes attracted to Lacey Underall, Smails' promiscuous niece.Danny wins the Caddy Day golf tournament and the scholarship, earning him praise from Smails and an invitation to attend the christening ceremony for his boat.He tries a variety of methods to kill the gopher (e.g. Al Czervik, a brash and obnoxious nouveau riche, begins appearing at the club.Smails is heckled by Czervik as he tees off, causing his shot to go badly wrong.