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Office Golf
Even oval offices can make good golf courses.

"Well, well. Protector of the Free World, hard at work."

One sure sign of being an out-of-touch upper echelon manager or mafioso is that you bring your golf clubs to work, so you can practice your putting rather than actually pay attention to anyone who's talking to you.

For this very leisurely game, a small, flat field is set up in the office, sometimes with an actual hole but most of the time using a cup or a mug.

If the executive in question has a bit of a temper, the golf club might turn out to be a Chekhov's Gun. At the very least, deftly practicing your swing while a nervous underling sits by your desk is a good way to get him good and intimidated.

Compare Office Sports, which are apt to be played by bored cubicle monkeys rather than bored executives.

Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • Used in an insurance commercial. At the end of the commercial a lowly employee infiltrates the boss's office, putts a ball neatly into a cup, and then it bounces out and smashes the boss's expensive plasma TV.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In GaoGaiGar, Koutarou Taiga either engages in this or is implied to engage in this, as he routinely carries around a golf club.
  • The Prime Minister of Earth in Captain Harlock is often seen practicing his putt in the office or at home to emphasize how useless he is. He also presides over a legislature that breaks for horse races, dog races, and anything else you can bet a fiver on.
  • In Wicked City, when Taki reports to his boss' office, the boss is trying out his new MacGregor putter. Taki spots the brand and mentions the name, and the boss praises it before moving on to other topics.

    Comic Books 

    Film 
  • The cardinal in Dogma does this; because he also blesses his golf clubs, it becomes important to the plot.
  • In The Movie of Richie Rich, Ellsworth plays miniature golf in the middle of a class about "what to do when your company is failing".
    Ellsworth: Bribe someone.
    Professor: Sit down, Ellsworth.
  • Parker Selfridge, the Corrupt Corporate Executive in Avatar, is seen doing this when Grace goes to talk to him early in the film (in fact, it's his first scene). For bonus points, he is on an alien moon, so he either used insanely expensive cargo space for his golf set, or manufactured one on the planet. Amusingly, his action figure's sole accessory is a golf club. Also done as a wink by Cameron to deliberately use the "something's coming at you" 3D effect.
  • The head Mobster in The Mask keeps a golf bag on hand. To show his dissatisfaction with ex-right-hand-man Dorian Tyrell, he drives a ball off of the guy's face.
    • He also doesn't just putt in his office; he actually has a driving range simulator.
  • The head of the mining colony in Outland, Sheppard, has a computerized golf range in his office; he tees off against a video screen which shows where his virtual ball ends up. GOLF IN SPACE!
  • The film version of M*A*S*H has a scene of Hawkeye and Trapper (the "pros from 'Dover'") playing this, uninvited, in a colonel's office.
  • At the beginning of Armageddon, the Bruce Willis character is playing golf on his oil rig. He purposely aims his shots at a boat of protesters, and this seems to be the only reason he's playing.
  • Bruce Wayne gives a secretary some lessons in office golf via the Hands-On Approach in Batman Begins. This is how he chooses to reintroduce himself to the company trustees who declared him legally dead while he was Walking the Earth: one reputation as a harmless playboy dilettante, coming right up.
  • Early in Down Periscope, Dodge gets chewed out by his captain for playing golf off the top of their sub as it was sailing into port. He actually does rather well, hitting a long shot onto shore and getting very close to the hole.
  • The male protagonist of A Star Is Born plays Golf in his living room.

    Live Action TV 
  • Commissioner Burrell in The Wire.
  • Appears in a flashback in Highlander: The Series. The Villain of the Week got his first death from the mobster in question.
  • Henry Blake in M*A*S*H. Amusingly, at one point, his ball hits a landmine. A later episode has Hawkeye playing this in the Swamp, using one of B.J.'s sneakers for the hole.
  • Doctor Who: The Colonel in "The Sea Devils". The Doctor one-ups him by doing it blindfolded.
  • Mayor Wilkins from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    The Mayor: I swear, I'd sell my soul for a decent short game. Of course, it's a little late for that.
  • The ancient barrister Uncle Tom in Rumpole of the Bailey, who has completely lost touch with reality and hasn't had a case within the memory of anyone in chambers, nevertheless continues to potter around the office practising his putt with a mug.
  • One of the marks of the week in Hustle is a real-estate developer who does this.
  • Ben does it in the first episode of Crownies, showing that he doesn't take his job very seriously.
  • The Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "Party Political Broadcast" has a doctor who practices his golf swing while his patient is bleeding to death in his office.
  • Stargate SG-1, from the episode "Window of Opportunity".
    • O'Neill and Teal'c get caught in a loop where time keeps repeating. No one else realizes what's been going on, so they take the opportunity to do a number of things they couldn't otherwise get away with, like drive golf balls through the stargate.
      Col. O'Neill: Oh yeah! That'll play...How far is Alaris, anyway?
      Teal'c: Several billion miles, O'Neill.
      Col. O'Neill: That's gotta be a record.
    • A couple of shots later, General Hammond interrupts.
      Gen. Hammond: Colonel, what the hell are you doing?
      Col. O'Neill: In the middle of my backswing?
  • Mission: Impossible: In "The Killer", Drake (the eponymous killer) does this while waiting to find out who his target is. It is later shown that his golf balls are actually disguised plastic explosive.
  • 'Allo 'Allo! has the Colonel playing this, using a very large (not to mention very close) wastepaper basket as the hole, which he still manages to miss.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • This comic from Statistical Fact features a man suffering from poor depth perception driving a golf ball over the green and through his office window.

    Western Animation 
  • Don Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle has the villainous fox Pinky practicing this in his office.
  • SWAT Kats' Mayor Manx will golf in his office on the rare occasion that he can't make it to the course.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield," while Marge is trying to fit in with the women of the local country club, Homer takes up golf, and is later seen at work driving golf balls into the toilets while Lenny and Carl watch. Mr. Burns sees him on the security camera and challenges him to a golf tournament.
  • Used in an episode of The Replacements with a bear rug.
  • The mayor of Townsville would occasionally play golf in his office in Powerpuff Girls.

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