Danny Noonan works as a caddie at the upscale Bushwood Country Club to earn enough money to go to college. Danny caddies for Ty Webb, a suave and talented golfer and the son of one of Bushwood's co-founders. Danny tries to gain favor with Judge Elihu Smails, the country club's stodgy co-founder and director of the caddie scholarship program, by caddying for him. Meanwhile, Carl Spackler, a somewhat-unhinged groundskeeper-who lives in the maintenance building, hunts a gopher that is damaging the course. He tries to kill it with a rifle and high-pressure hose, without success.