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Golf Scenes on 'Seinfeld'

 

The ever-popular sitcom Seinfeld, still ubiquitous on television through syndication, included a few golf scenes over its lifetime. One of the co-creators, Larry David, is an avid golfer in real life. But the Seinfeld character based on David - George Costanza - is not the character who golfs.

The golfer on Seinfeld is Kramer, the "hipster doofus" who lives across the hall from Jerry.

Below is a list of Seinfeld episodes that contain the most prominent mentions of golf. In several cases, golf actually played a major role in the plot. (Note: If any of the videos below are broken, please alert us.)

Season 3, Episodes 17/18 (The Boyfriend)
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This is perhaps the earliest mention of golf on Seinfeld. This is the two-parter in which Jerry and Elaine battle for the attentions of former New York Mets baseball player Keith Hernandez. At one point in the episode, George is desparately trying to place a phone call to Jerry, but Kramer is tying up Jerry's phone describing his golf game to a friend.

Season 4, Episode 7 (The Bubble Boy)
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This is the first of a 2-episode arc in which Kramer's Cuban cigars wind up burning down the cabin that belongs to the intended future father-in-law of George. In this episode, Kramer informs George and Jerry that he can't go to the cabin with them because he is playing golf at Westchester Country Club. Isn't that a private club? Yes, Kramer says, but he met the pro and the pro loves Cuban cigars, so they arranged a trade - cigars for golf.

Season 4, Episode 8 (The Cheever Letters)
In the follow-up to the above episode, Kramer visits the Cuban embassy to try to get more cigars. He winds up taking the Cuban diplomats golfing.

Season 4, Episode 21 (The Smelly Car)
In the third appearance of golf in the fourth season of Seinfeld, Kramer is overseen by Mona, girlfriend of George's then-ex Susan, practicing his golf swing with a broom in a video store. Turns out Mona is a golf instructor. She gives Kramer lessons and later leaves Susan after falling for Kramer.

Season 5, Episode 14 (The Marine Biologist)
Easily the best-known Seinfeld episode involving golf, this one starts with Kramer trying to convince Jerry and George to come to the beach with him to hit golf balls. Kramer has 600 Titleists in the trunk of his car, and he's going to hit them into the ocean.

Alas, things don't go well for Kramer at the beach:

Later, George tells the story of finding a whale that has beached itself. As he has been pretending to be a marine biologist to impress a girl, George has to try tending to the whale. He finds an obstruction in its blowhole. The punchline? The obstruction is one of Kramer's Titleist golf balls.

Here's a clip that compiles all of Kramer's golf scenes from "The Marine Biologist" episode:

Season 6, Episode 2 (The Big Salad)
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This episode ends with Kramer at the wheel of a white Ford Bronco, leading police on a slow-speed chase of his passenger, former Major League Baseball player Steve Gendason. Gendason is wanted for murder. Yes, it's the O.J. Simpson scenario. Gendason and Kramer played golf prior to the start of the episode's action, and Kramer called Gendason on a rules violation. When Gendason later commits murder, Kramer blames himself over their argument about the Rules of Golf. Hey, we can all relate to that, right?

Season 7, Episode 12 (The Caddy)
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The main storyline is this episode is Elaine's battle with her nemesis Sue Ellen Mischke, who winds up walking around wearing a bra with no top. A side story is Kramer's hiring of Stan the Caddy as not just his golf caddie - Stan is whipping Kramer into shape to play the Seniors Tour - but as a kind of life coach. Kramer starts turning to Stan the Caddy for advice about all his decisions, not just life decisions.

Season 7, Episode 21/22 (The Bottle Deposit)
Another episode in which Elaine does battle with Sue Ellen Mischke, this is the only Seinfeld golf episode that doesn't involve Kramer's golf game. In this one, Elaine and Sue Ellen battle at an auction for a set of golf clubs once owned by President John F. Kennedy. Those clubs wind up meeting their doom on a highway, run over, after a mechanic steals Jerry's car, which contains the JFK clubs.

Season 9, Episode 5 (The Junk Mail)
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Golf is mentioned in passing in this episode. Wilford Brimley, playing a malevolent postmaster general, has to interrupt a golf outing to interrogate and intimidate Kramer. "Do you like golf, Mr. Kramer?" Brimley's character asks.

 

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