Has there ever been a more dapper golfer than Sir Sean Connery?

Scottish actor and keen golfer Sir Sean Connery has sadly passed away, aged 90.

The James Bond actor died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas and, known for his love of the game, many in the golf industry have come forward to pay their respects.

Sir Sean first discovered golf ahead of filming for Goldfinger, the Bond movie that featured the famous golf scene filmed at Stoke Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.

After that he really got the bug and went on to become a regular competitor in celebrity events and pro-ams.

In his 2008 book Being A Scot, the Oscar-winner discussed how he fell for the game very quickly.

“I began to take lessons on a course near the Pinewood film studios, and was immediately hooked on the game," he said.

"Soon it would nearly take over my life. I began to see golf as a metaphor for living, for in golf you are basically on your own, competing against yourself and always trying to do better. If you cheat, you will be the loser, because you are cheating yourself.”

Charming and charismatic, he definitely had a way with words.

Showing his sense of humour and die-hard passion for the game (we can all relate, we're sure) he once memorably said: "You know, the Oscar I was awarded for The Untouchables is a wonderful thing, but I can honestly say that I'd rather have won the U.S. Open Golf Tournament."

Daniel Craig, who has played Bond since 2006, was one of many who came forward to pay tribute to the golf-loving Scot.

‘Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style," he said.

"Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.’

Meanwhile, many in the golf industry have taken a moment to remember him, too.

Fellow Scottish golfer and Solheim Cup Captain Catriona Matthew tweeted that she was raising a drink in memory of him, and Gleneagles resort in Scotland said: "We’re deeply saddened to learn that cinema legend, Scottish icon, and long-time friend of the Glen, Sir Sean Connery, has passed away. Coached by our former Head Golf Pro, the late Ian Marchbank, he is a key part of our history and will be greatly missed."

Rest in peace Sean Connery.