Donald's Golf Game

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : November 4, 1938

Running Time : 7:44


Donald needs silence to concentrate on his golf game, but his nephews (who have been pressed into duty as caddies) have other plans, including a bag full of trick clubs.


Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie


Jack King
Fred Spencer
Bob Wickersham
Jack Hannah
Don Towsley
Al Eugster
Reuben Timmins
Lars Calonius
Johnny Cannon


United States
The Goofy World of Sports
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1
Mickys Sommerspaß
Donald Ich bin der Grösste
Donald Duck in die Größte Show der Welt
Les Folles Vacances de Mickey
Donald Superstar
Buon Compleanno Paperino


United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 4


Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1
The Goofy World of Sports / Fun on the Job / Happy Summer Days
Mickey's Summer Madness
Donald's Golden Jubilee


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Donald
Micky's Ferienspass
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Donald
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 20: Huey, Dewey and Louie
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 26

Original Animator's Drafts

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Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : When you’re doing a project like this, you have to be prepared for some wild shifts in tone. After all, the serious nature of shorts like The Old Mill can be followed by more crazy Donald Duck antics, or a Mickey Mouse tour de force. This is one of those moments, as Donald’s Golf Game comes right after Farmyard Symphony.

Sure, both are irreverent and fun in tone, but Farmyard Symphony was a pastoral, peaceful short, and Donald’s Golf Game is packed with fun gags and wall to wall entertainment. It’s not fast moving, but the gags are quick and witty, and it’s just a fun, enjoyable short.

Donald’s nephews are becoming more and more part of the supporting cast for his shorts, as they appear again here as his caddies. It’s a logical place to put them, and makes for great comedy. The boys are always mean to Donald, but they do so in a very light hearted and humorous way. They could easily devolve into mean spirited pranksters, but because their exploits are handled so deftly, the boys are more than one note jokes.

As you might imagine from the title, this short is all about Donald trying to improve his golf game. Well, that might not be fair, because we never get to see Donald’s game, since he doesn’t really get to hit the ball throughout the short. That is his main source of frustration, which we know is the real driving force behind any Donald Duck short.

Some of the gags invented here to keep Donald from hitting the ball are incredibly inventive. The boys have a box of trick golf clubs that they keep giving Donald, which is some great stuff. One of them turns into a net, another becomes a boomerang, and so on.

Even better is the main trick they play on Donald, inserting a grasshopper into his golf ball after he swings and lands in the green. Donald chases the ball as it hops around the greens, including into a nearby pond. I don’t really know what to say about it except you have to see it. It’s funny in a way that only Donald can be.

The finale, when Donald is prone on the green next to the hole, is classic as well. The boys start hitting balls at him, causing various kinds of distress. The Donald shorts at this point are not high class entertainment or artistry, but more populist and escapist fare. That works, though, as it provides the viewer with a comfortable, fun place to view some top shelf animation. Donald’s Golf Game is a great example of that.

From Jerry Edwards : One of the Donald/Nephews shorts that I very strongly dislike. I find nothing funny or pleasing about this short.
From Ryan : This short wasn't too bad, but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites either. Although the "grasshopper in the golf ball" gag is funny at first, it does get to be tiring after awhile and you can't help but feel empathy for Donald's frustration.
From Baruch Weiss : The only part I find funny about this short was when grass got in Donald's mouth and it looked like he was an old duck.
From Bo Engwall : Although I, like many others, prefer the wonderful Mickey/Goofy/Donald shorts from about 1937-1938, it is interesting to see how my favorite comic book artist Carl Barks reused many of the themes from the early Donald Duck cartoons he worked on, in his more famous comic book 10-pagers of Donald Duck for WDC&S. Obviously Carl Barks would come better off in the latter case, using his skills of both art work and storytelling.

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