Caddyshack was Ramis' directorial debut and was a major boost to Dangerfield's film career, who was previously known mostly for his stand-up comedy.Grossing nearly million at the domestic box office (the 17th-highest of the year), it was the first of a series of similar comedies.Smails encourages him to apply for the caddy scholarship.At Bushwood's annual Fourth of July banquet, Danny and his girlfriend Maggie work as servers.Expecting to be fired or to have the scholarship revoked, Danny is surprised when Smails only demands that he keeps the incident secret.Unable to bear the continued presence of the crude-mannered Czervik, Smails confronts him and announces that Czervik will never be granted membership.
Danny takes responsibility for the incident, as a ploy to gain Smails' trust.
A sequel, Caddyshack II, followed in 1988, although only Chase reprised his role and the film was poorly received.
The film has garnered a large cult following and has been hailed by media outlets, such as Time and ESPN, as one of the funniest sports movies of all time.
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.